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Intervention Development Lead - KTP Associate

School of Psychology

Location:  Pharmacists' Defence Association, The Old Fire Station, 69 Albion Street Birmingham, B1 3EA. Some travel to key clients across Birmingham and the Black Country will also be required.
Salary:  £32,000 per annum
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 16 June 2023
Interview Date:  Monday 26 June 2023
Reference:  0424-23
Release Date:  Friday 26 May 2023

This KTP project is a collaboration between Aston University and the Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA). The Associate will be evaluating the benefits of a range of pharmaceutical care services, simultaneously delivered alongside a vaccination clinic service in a community setting. The results would be used to drive innovation and policy development at NHS England and Integrated Care System commissioning levels. The project will enable the PDA to deliver a major new dimension in pharmacy service development through pharmacy-led vaccination hubs, alleviating pressures within the NHS by providing alternative patient pathways for health screening.

This is an exciting position for a graduate of at least Master’s level with experience in either healthcare or behaviour change. To understand how services can be improved, the successful candidate will need to have an interest in front line clinical provision and associated healthcare policy. Experience of front-line provision, and/or enhancing business aspects of pharmacist practices, would be desirable.

As a KTP Associate you will also develop a broad set of skills in project management, stakeholder engagement, and involvement in the delivery of a strategic project in an innovative business. The skills developed during the project will enable you to broaden your future career opportunities.

Whilst we are willing for the Associate to work flexibly, they will need to regularly attend the Pharmacy sites during set-up of the interventions and attend the PDA office for face-to-face meetings with stakeholders.

Skills/ experience required include:

  • The ability to work within a multidisciplinary project team. 
  • Adaptability to work across different settings.
  • Project management and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work closely with all stakeholders and establish an effective knowledge transfer process within the company.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Leadership and maturity of communication and organisation skills to deliver the KTP project and ensure it achieves agreed milestones and objectives.
  • Experience on the front line of clinical provision, or at the very least an interest in gaining experience in this area.
  • Experience enhancing business aspects of pharmacist practices (desirable).

Additional Benefits and support:

  • Up to £4000 for personal and professional development for the duration of the project
  • Annual leave (25 days p/a)
  • Professional support and mentorship
  • The role is offered as 'dynamic working', which means working both on campus and from home dependent on the activity. Further information on dynamic working can be found here.
  • Mental Health and wellbeing support: 

Career prospects: 

60% of our KTP associates are being offered employment by the companies at the end of the KTP

This is a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Pharmacists’ Defence Association and Innovate UK

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are collaborative, three-way partnerships creating positive impact and driving innovation by linking various businesses with the UK's world class knowledge bases to deliver innovation projects led by skilled graduates. 

It is essential you understand how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you secure this position. To learn more please visit:

The Company: The Pharmacists' Defence Association (PDA) is the largest pharmacist representative organisation in the UK with more than 35,500 members and are based in Birmingham. More about the company: 

Aston University: You will work in a project team with Prof Chris Langley, Dr Gemma Mansell and the Senior Management Team at PDA with the support of the IUK’s Knowledge Transfer Adviser.

Location: You will be based predominantly at PDA in Birmingham and will also have access to facilities at Aston University in central Birmingham. Some travel to key clients across Birmingham and the Black Country will also be required. 

For informal enquiries about this role please contact Prof Chris Langley, or Gemma Mansell,

If you think this isn’t the right opportunity for you, please explore other KTP vacancies across the country: 

Further details:    Job Details     University Information    
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Anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel. CVs will not be considered as part of the shortlisting process.

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