The Caring for Older People and Stroke Survivors PhD Studentship @clahrc_em

School of Medicine – NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands PhD Studentship
Applications are invited for a 3 year, full time studentship aligned to the work of NIHR CLAHRC
East Midlands and the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. A yearly stipend at
current RCUK rates (£14,057) plus Home/EU tuition fees (£4,052) is available. The successful
candidate will work into the CLAHRC’s Caring for Older People and Stroke Survivors (COPSS) theme.

CLAHRC East Midlands is an international centre of excellence in applied health research. The
CLAHRC seeks to improve patient outcomes by conducting research of local relevance and
international quality into five main areas: preventing chronic disease, managing chronic disease,
caring for older people and stroke survivors, enhancing mental health and implementing evidence and

The Caring for Older People and Stroke Survivors theme seeks to deliver applied research to improve
the health and wellbeing of older people.

This PhD will investigate the importance of multidisciplinary team working, building on existing
clinical trial evidence of the effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation interventions delivered by
allied health professionals. Multidisciplinary team working will be considered in relation to
existing literature on interdisciplinary team working, communities of practice, knowledge
translation and interprofessional education. Theoretical frameworks of team effectiveness will be
used to investigate how networks of multidisciplinary teams operate in the delivery of a clinical
care pathway, with particular focus on the context in which care is delivered (e.g.
hospital/community or urban/rural settings). The PhD student will work with a research team aiming
to develop strategies to facilitate the delivery of integrated care pathways, and evidence based
improvements in the care patients receive.

Supervisors are Dr Rebecca Fisher and Professor Marion Walker, Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing,
School of Medicine. Informal enquiries about this studentship should be addressed to: or (COPSS Theme Manager).

Successful candidates will be based with the CLAHRC team in the Institute of Mental Health at the
University of Nottingham, but will be expected to visit research sites on a regular basis, and so
should be able to travel freely. Funding is conditional on successful Disclosure and Barring
Service clearance.

Applying for the Studentship
Candidates should have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, have good knowledge
of healthcare and an interest in healthcare improvement research. It is likely that the project
will require both qualitative and quantitative research skills. The studentship is open to Home/EU
candidates only due to funding restrictions, and will be available from September 2015 for three

To apply, applicants should send the following information to

1. A Personal Statement (up to 1000 words) indicating how your experience to date prepares you to
undertake PhD level research.
2. A research proposal (up to 2000 words) detailing the research that would be carried out for the
3. An example of academic writing.
4. A current academic CV.
5. Two academic references.
6. If you are a healthcare practitioner, and wish to combine academic study with your
practice, you must have organisational support prior to submitting your application –

demonstrated in the form of a letter on letter-headed paper which includes any financial
contribution that might be offered in order to meet the difference between your current salary and
the stipend amount.
7. Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts.
8. Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any
element, or equivalent) if your first language is not English

Please quote ref: COPSS2015. Closing date: 23.59pm on 4th May 2015. Applications submitted after
this time will not be considered.
Interviews will be held in Nottingham towards the end of May / beginning of June.

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