Vacancy_ 2 PhD studentships_Healthcare improvement @CLAHRC_EM

The NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands Implementing Evidence and Improvements theme has 2 PhD studentships to offer, starting in Autumn 2015. The focus of the PhDs will be on healthcare improvement, and will need to draw on social science theories and methods linked to improvement and implementation.

Each studentship comes with an annual stipend of £14,210, plus University registration fees (£4,060).

Applicants should have:

  • A 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline.
  • A Masters degree which includes a substantial research element, with an average score of over 65% in the taught modules and 65% in the dissertation, or equivalent experience gained from a workplace setting.
  • Good knowledge of healthcare systems and an interest in healthcare improvement work

Successful applicants will be registered for a full-time, three year PhD at Nottingham University Business School. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Emma.Rowley@nottingham.ac.uk in the first instance.

Applications should be sent to Andrea Tomlinson, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK, or by email to Andrea.Tomlinson@nottingham.ac.uk. Please quote reference CLAHRC2015 on all correspondence.

Applications must be received by 23.59pm on 17th April 2015. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on the 12th May 2015.

Further information from the Advert: 

Nottingham University Business School – NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands

PhD studentship
Applications are invited for a 3-year, full time PhD studentship aligned to the work of NIHR CLAHRC
East Midlands and the Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Leadership & Learning (CHILL) at Nottingham
University Business School. A yearly stipend at current RCUK rates (£14,210), plus Home/EU tuition
fees (£4,060), is available. The successful candidate will work into the CLAHRC’s Implementing
Evidence and Improvements 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
improvement. The Implementing Evidence and Improvements theme undertakes rigorous research to
increase the knowledge base and to advance the theories and methods for translating and spreading
evidence-based innovations into routine clinical practice:
http://www.clahrc-em.nihr.ac.uk/clahrc-em-nihr/research/implementing-
evidence-and-improvement/index.aspx

CHILL’s work seeks to:

• Establish a multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge around improving quality in healthcare,
drawing on learning from a range of scientific disciplines and the ‘know how’ of improvement
practice.
• Build new knowledge and evidence approaches that are effective in improving the quality of
care and methods that can evaluate whether quality has improved.
• Build strong links between researchers specialising in quality improvement methodologies and
expert practitioners in the field, to deepen knowledge of what works and to accelerate spread of
that knowledge in the NHS.
• Facilitate the development of the future leaders in this emerging field.
http://nottingham.ac.uk/business/businesscentres/chill/index.aspx

The studentship should focus on the implementation of evidence into health and social care
practice, and draw upon social science theories and methodologies. The exact focus of the study
should be suggested by the applicant.

Applying for the Studentships
Candidates should have:
• A 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline.
• A Masters degree which includes a substantial research element, with an average score of over
65% in the taught modules and 65% in the dissertation, or equivalent experience gained from a
workplace setting.
• Good knowledge of healthcare systems and an interest in healthcare improvement work.

It is likely that these projects will require both qualitative and quantitative research skills,
and will require the study and application of complex social theories.

Successful applicants will be based with Doctoral Researchers at Nottingham University Business
School, but will have access to a hot-desk with the CLAHRC team in Nottingham. Successful
applicants will be expected to visit research sites on a regular basis, and so should be able to
travel freely across the East Midlands and beyond. The studentships are open to Home/EU candidates
only and will commence on 1st October 2015.

To apply for any of these studentships, applicants should provide the following:
• A full CV;
• A personal statement (up to a maximum of two single spaced A4 pages, size 10 font minimum)
which clearly indicates the studentship applied for, why you want to undertake this study, who from
the CHILL team you would like to work with as a potential supervisors (details of who is in CHILL can be found here: http://nottingham.ac.uk/business/businesscentres/chill/index.aspx), what you have to offer to CHILL and any other information that you think we should know;

• An example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, paper).
• Supporting information (e.g., academic transcripts, degree certificates, English language
proficiency, etc.) in order to verify that you meet the entry requirements for our PhD programme,
please refer to http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/business/phd/Admissions.html for details.
• The names, postal and email address of two referees, one of which must be an academic who
knows your work.

Applications should be sent to: Andrea Tomlinson, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee
Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK, or by email to Andrea.Tomlinson@nottingham.ac.uk.

Please quote ref: CLAHRC2015. Closing date: 23.59pm on 17th April 2015.

Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Interviews will be held in Nottingham on 12th May 2015. The successful candidates will be notified
as soon as possible after interview.

For further information please e-mail:
 Academic queries: Emma.Rowley@nottingham.ac.uk
 Application queries: Amanda.Shacklock@nottingham.ac.uk or phone 0115 846 6031

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