DescriptionThe Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.
What we are looking for
ISGlobal is seeking a person who is interested in taking over and managing activities of the project Hep C Free Baleares. The overall project goal is to identify, treat, link to care, and monitor for reinfection people who use drugs living in the Balearic Islands infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
The Health Systems Research Group team will be doing this by using novel point-of-care diagnostics in governmental and non-governmental addiction service centres, a mobile methadone unit, and a prison. It will also utilise rapid diagnostic tests (OraQuick®), the dried blood spot (DBS) testing method, and offer decentralized treatment following national treatment guidelines when appropriate.
- Rapid Tests
- Organise testing calendar and monitor its compliance;
- Transport rapid tests (Oraquick®) to participating centres and collaborate in the performance of these;
- Collaborate in providing study information to participants and in obtaining informed consent from and registering them;
- Manage microbiology testing needs (analysis via a dried blood spot (DBS) or an intravenous blood draw (whole blood)) in participants that test positive for anti-HCV via the Oraquick® rapid test;
- Organize intravenous blood draw appointments in health centres (with or without support worker);
- Schedule and perform DBS tests and transport them to microbiology lab;
- Check microbiology analysis results (DBS and whole blood) to confirm active infection and provide a list of positive cases to hepatologists;
- If the participant needs to go to hospital, collaborate in organizing appointments and support worker accompaniment if necessary.
- Direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment
- Check DAA prescription and treatment;
- Pick up DAA treatment and transport it to participating centres; organise dispensing of treatment and monitor stock levels.
- Patient follow-up
- Manage sustained virologic response (SVR) requests in order to monitor SVR; organize appointments for SVR monitoring (DBS/whole blood);
- Schedule and perform DBS for the monitoring of participants post SVR;
- Link function with the Palma prison: integrate participants in the treatment and follow-up loop.
- Data entry and management
- Register all results in the database (Excel), ensuring their accuracy;
- Collaborate with researchers in data analysis;
- Contact patients or original surveys in case of database mistakes.
Training and Experience
- Bachelor or higher degree in sciences
- Research experience
- Based in Palma, Mallorca, ability to travel between the Balearic Islands
Travel between the Balearic Islands is covered under the project’s budget.
- Good interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
- Problem resolution
- Learning capacity
How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: Nurse_ HEP_Baleares _ Oct20, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname.
The receipt of applications will be open until 21 October 2020
Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.