PhD studentship at Nottingham University Business School’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Leadership & Learning (CHILL)

The Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning, in collaboration with NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands and the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative is pleased to announce the following PhD studentship, which is now open for applications.

Applications are invited for a 1+3* ESRC DTC PhD studentship at Nottingham University Business School’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation, Leadership & Learning (CHILL), in collaboration with the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC) and NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands. A full-time, yearly stipend at current RCUK rates (£14,210) and £2,500 per year to use for research purposes, plus tuition fees (£4,060) is available.

CHILL seeks to:

  • Establish a multi-disciplinary approach to knowledge around improving quality in healthcare.
  • 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 practitioners in the field, to deepen knowledge of what works and to accelerate spread of that knowledge in the NHS.

The PSC is part of a national programme to improve the safety of patients and ensure constant learning sits at the heart of healthcare in England:

The CLAHRC undertakes rigorous research to increase the knowledge base about the translation and spread of evidence-based innovations into routine clinical practice:

The studentship will focus on “understanding care homes safety: sense-making and organisational learning in non-mainstream care settings”. The studentship will require both qualitative and quantitative research skills, and will require the study and application of complex social theories.

Applying for the Studentship

Applicants should:

  • Have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline.

* If registering for a +3 PhD only, have (or expect to have by Autumn 2015) an ESRC accredited Masters in Research Methods, with an average score of over 65% in the taught modules and 65% in the dissertation. If Masters Qualification is not ESRC accredited, applicants will be required to register for a 1+3 (1 Year MRes, followed by a 3 year PhD)

  • A good knowledge of healthcare systems and an interest in healthcare improvement work.

The successful applicant will be based with Doctoral Researchers at Nottingham University Business School and 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 studentship is open to Home/EU candidates only and will commence on 1st October 2015.

To apply for this studentship, applicants should initially provide the following:

  • A full CV;
  • A personal statement (2 sides of A4 maximum, size 10 font minimum) clearly indicating why you want to undertake this study, what you have to offer and any other information that you think we should know;
  • An example of academic writing;
  • Supporting information (e.g. academic transcripts, research skills, computing skills and experience, English Language proficiency, etc.) in order to verify that you meet the entry requirements for our PhD programme:
  • The names, postal and email address of two referees, one of which must be an academic who knows your work.

Application Process (Stage One)

Applications should be sent to: Andrea Tomlinson, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK, or by email to Please quote ref: CHILL-PSC-2015. Initial closing date: 23.59pm on 5th May 2015. Applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

Short-listed candidates at Stage One of the application process will be invited to attend an interview, which will be held in Nottingham on Wednesday 27th May 2015.

Application Process (Stage Two)

The successful candidate at Stage One, will then be required to complete a further ESRC DTC application form, in conjunction with the Supervisors by 13th June 2015. The final ESRC DTC application will then be submitted to the ESRC DTC Panel by 19th June 2015. The candidate will be notified of the final outcome following the ESRC DTC Panel on 3rd July 2015.

For further information, please email:

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