Senior Research and Involvement Officer

Are you passionate about ensuring every baby has the best possible outcomes – and about the power of research to make this happen?

One in seven babies are born premature or sick and needing care on a neonatal unit. This is your opportunity to join the leading national charity dedicated to supporting babies, families and NHS staff at this critical time in an exciting new role within the Campaigns and Policy Team.

Role Summary

Bliss, the leading national charity working in neonatal care, is looking for a Senior Research & Involvement Officer to oversee an ambitious project which will advance our understanding of how best to support and advocate for babies and families experiencing neonatal journeys who are currently under-represented in research and service models.

You will have significant experience of supporting user involvement in research, and an excellent understanding of utilising a range of research methodologies and project management skills to oversee this project from its inception. You will also work alongside the Campaigns and Policy Team to support the successful delivery and management of our broader research programme.

The ideal candidate will also be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Strong experience of working with service users, with specific knowledge of the principles of effective user involvement in research.
  • Proven experience of undertaking research projects, with strong data analysis skills, with the ability to identify key themes and trends and to deliver clear project findings and conclusions.
  • Excellent project management, monitoring and organisational skills with experience of coordinating several projects at the same time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience of communicating effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Understanding of commissioning and working with external agencies and partners to deliver projects successfully on time and to budget.
  • Ability to work independently using your own initiative, and to work cooperatively as part of a team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to lead a beneficiary-centred research project which will significantly shape future neonatal policy and service development.

For more details please view the job description and person specification attached to this advert and also available on our website.

Why work for Bliss?

Bliss is an equal opportunities employer and we take pride in our collaborative and inclusive work culture. We understand that we all have different priorities at home and we therefore aim to offer a mix of financial and non-financial benefits. Our benefits include financial, health & wellbeing, lifestyle and career development options:

  • 25 days paid holiday (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Flexible working practices such as flexi-time working hours and time off in lieu (TOIL)
  • Relaxed work life and dress code
  • A contributory Bliss pension scheme
  • Interest free annual season ticket loans
  • Company and statutory sick pay scheme
  • Compassionate leave
  • Time off for volunteering
  • Salary sacrifice schemes (bike to work, payroll giving)
  • Access to 24x7 free Employee Assistance Programme
  • Family friendly policies
  • Learning and development via peer to peer, blended, cascaded and self-directed learning
  • Mentoring and coaching

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following documents to

  • CV
  • Supporting statement explaining how you meet the criteria in the person specification
  • Equal opportunities form

Recruitment Timeline

  • The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 23rd November
  • The first round of interviews is provisionally scheduled for 26th and 27th November and will be held via zoom video conferencing
  • Second round interviews will be held week commencing 30th November

It is Bliss’ policy not to contact applicants who have not been invited for interview so if you have not heard from us by 25th November you should assume that, on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful.

Senior Research and Involvement Officer Role Description

Equal Opportunities Form