Music for my Mind is hiring!

Job Title

Part-time Clinical Research Associate – Dementia

Reports To

Chair/Chief Executive of Music for my Mind

Job Overview

** Due to a high number of applications, this job is currently closed. If the right candidate is not found, the position may be reopened.**

  • St Albans area, Hertfordshire
  • Seek to provide robust evidence through clinical studies that personalized music enhances the quality of life and well-being of people living with dementia, their carers and family and that favourite music can change lives
  • As part of the Research strategy for Music for My Mind, deliver the small scale clinical studies with dementia patients in selected care homes to monitor the emotional and physiological impact of personalized music
  • Compile personalized music playlists for residents living with dementia, with the help of their family members or carers and then test delivery methods of the playlists to residents in an attempt to improve well-being, particularly at times of stress

 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Visit selected care homes, liaise with families and identify and recruit suitable residents living with dementia to take part in clinical studies
  • Ensure informed consent has been obtained for residents living with dementia (and their care givers with power of attorney) to take part in studies in accordance with legal requirements
  • Contribute to the development of protocols
  • Collect key information as identified in study protocol
  • Conduct studies – build personal playlists with residents and their families to agreed process in study protocol
  • Monitor emotional, physiological and clinical impact of personalized music to agreed process in study protocol
  • Maintain accurate data and records for each patient in line with study protocol
  • Maintain effective communication with patients, families, care givers and care home staff
  • Ensure that research and clinical trials are carried out effectively, safely, and professionally and in compliance with legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities
  • Examine, analyse and prepare data for presentation and publication

 

Qualifications and Experience

Registered nurse, occupational therapist, psychologist, social scientist or social worker with clinical research experience, ideally working with older people.

 

Competencies

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

  • Commitment to the aims and ethos of Music for My Mind
  • Experience of working in clinical research, ideally with older people
  • Knowledge of the concepts of clinical research and Good Clinical Practice
  • Attention to detail
  • Meticulous documentation and record keeping
  • Strong all-round communication skills and relationship-management abilities
  • Excellent understanding and empathy with the practical needs, concerns and health of people living with dementia and their families and care givers
  • Personal drive, energy, integrity, flexibility and responsibility
  • An understanding of key health and dementia issues
  • An understanding of technical, scientific and medical information
  • An interest in music
  • Excellent organisation, planning and prioritisation skills
  • Competency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

 

Location

  • Working from home and can travel frequently to care homes in St Albans and other parts of Hertfordshire and London
  • Occasional travel in UK

 

Remuneration

Salary to be discussed – initially a 1 year fixed term contract. Probationary period of 3 months

Hours

Up to 8 days a month – to be worked flexibly as required

To apply: please send your CV to our email – contactmfmm@gmail.com

Music for my Mind Charity of the Year for The Last of The Summer Ukuleles

This week the team at Music for my Mind visited a music session by The Last of The Summer Ukuleles at The Red Lion pub in Studham. They have chosen us as their charity of the year and presented our Project Assistant, Dimana Georgieva, with the first donation for the year.

The Last of the Summer Ukuleles are a group of volunteers who have gathered together to entertain people and explore their passion for the ukulele. They come from all around Hertfordshire and visit care homes, day centres and clubs, where they play everything from Formby to Cash to Oasis and The Zootons and other material from the 50s and 60s. All their proceeds go to worthy causes and this year they have generously chosen Music for my Mind.

You can read more about the group on their website, where you can see their upcoming gigs and how to book them for your own venue: http://thesummerukuleles.blogspot.co.uk/.

We’d also like to thank the team at The Red Lion in Studham, who are the hosts for the monthly meetings of the group and who provide a great service and atmosphere. If you’d like to book the venue, you can contact them here: http://www.redlion-studham.co.uk/home.

If your company or organisation would like to choose Music for my Mind as their charity of the year, don’t hesitate to contact us here.