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Community Based Creative Health Associates

Research Investment Fund (EXTERNAL)

Location:  Other
Salary:  £27,181 to £29,605 per annum pro rata
Fixed Term contract for 36 months
Post Type:  Part Time
Hours Per Week:  18.12
Closing Date:  Monday 13 May 2024
Interview Date:  Wednesday 29 May 2024
Reference:  EHA2548-0224
Number of Positions:  4

We’re here to create and harness knowledge, to deliver opportunity for everyone. 

 About the Role

 This is an exciting opportunity for four Community Based Creative Health Associates to be part of the thriving Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University working on a UKRI funded study, following on from extensive research on the Arts for the Blues project and related research activities.

 This study aims to generate new, scalable evidence concerning:

(A) how to access arts activities that best support the mental health of children and young people.

(B) how to evaluate arts activities that meet the diverse mental health needs of children and young people.

(C) how to maximise the benefit of arts activities for as many children and young people as possible.

 The project will involve the use of a digital platform where evidence-based local arts activities will become easily accessible for children and young people, their families, relevant organisations and services. 

 The Creative Health Associates will be seconded to a community organisation working closely with the research team on the one hand and children, young people and their families on the other to help with co-producing the content of this platform that will enable access to place-based arts initiatives. Whilst based in a community organisation, they will liaise with NHS trusts, schools and community organisations encouraging collaboration within and across systems, enabling the development and testing of an agreed evaluation framework of best practice in arts activities including arts and health and arts therapies projects and services. They will work closely with the local community, engaging in mapping exercises, evaluation and training.

 For informal enquiries about this vacancy, please contact: Prof Vicky Karkou, Director of Research Centre for Arts & Wellbeing at or Dr Shaun Liverpool, Senior Lecturer in Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing, at

Arts4Us: Arts4us | RCAW | Research | Edge Hill University

Arts for the Blues:  Arts for the Blues

Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing: Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing | Edge Hill University

 About You

As Community Based Creative Health Associate, you will have:

  • Experience of working in community, clinical or educational settings in diverse roles. 
  • Experience of carrying out comprehensive literature reviews and high-quality report writing. 
  • Experience of development of research design and data collection using identified methods.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.

You must also be able to:

  • Work with integrity and manage effectively research data. 
  • Organise and prioritise work effectively demonstrating flexibility and reliability to meet required deadlines. 
  • Work on own initiative, independently as well as part of a team. 
  • Demonstrate high level skills in in the use of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word and the production of databases.

It is important to note that the successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure for you from the Disclosure and Barring Service and that this will form part of the conditions of offer of employment. 

Internal staff wishing to apply for a fixed term role as a secondment opportunity must discuss this with their existing line manager before applying.

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Rewards & Benefits

  • A minimum of 36 days annual leave per annum, pro rata (inclusive of bank holiday and University closure days) 
  • Free foreign language evening classes
  • Discounted membership to our onsite state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities
  • Staff benefits scheme, which provides you with discounts across the high street, supermarket shopping, cinema tickets, dining out and more.
  • Employee assistance programme with access to free confidential counselling sessions, legal & financial advice, and health & wellbeing resources.
  • A wide range of development programmes to enhance your career.
  • Beautiful award-winning on-campus working environment.
  • Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme with our employer contribution of 17.8%

Click to view our rewards and benefits package. 

About Us 

At Edge Hill University we believe in the life changing opportunities knowledge can create. Since 1885, we’ve been creating access to knowledge for those who may not have had the opportunity to before. 

Today, the effect we have has a far-reaching impact, not just for those who come to study here but for those who work, invest in, and live in our local communities too. So, if you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, simply speak to our alumni, students, and award-winning staff.

Because for us education isn’t about how much you take in. It’s about what you take out into the world. 

Inspiring minds and changing futures since 1885, Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

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