PhD_Improving the quality and safety of clinical judgement and decision making …….

Improving the quality and safety of clinical judgement and decision making of student and experienced nurses: a tailored cognitive and outcomes-based feedback intervention. at University of Leeds

Institution: University of Leeds
Dept/School/Faculty: School of Healthcare
PhD Supervisor: Prof C Thompson
Co-Supervisor: Dr I Kellar
Application Deadline: Friday, June 5, 2015

Funding Availability: Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. The funding is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.
This is one of ten projects offered by the School of Healthcare.

1 in 10 hospital in-patients experience some kind of adverse event; 50% of which are due to errors – mistakes in the planning or execution of intentions – by healthcare professionals. Nurses’ judgements are often the sole defence against this (iatrogenic) harm reaching patients. Traditional ways of training nurses for clinical judgement and decision making are relatively ineffective. Educational interventions have mixed and unpredictable effects and studies are often of poor quality, uncontrolled, and focus on proxy outcomes such as “decision confidence” rather than clinical outcomes such as judgement accuracy or optimality in decisions. The purpose of this PhD is to develop and evaluate an evidence and theory based simulation-based educational intervention for improving the judgement and decision making of nurses.
It is anticipated the PhD will involve initially, a scoping/narrative review of the theoretical basis of educational interventions used to improve the judgement and decision making of nurses and an update of our existing systematic review of educational interventions for improving nurse decision making. Followed by the development and conduct of a randomised controlled educational trial of evidence and decision theory simulation.

Criteria for School award for PhD studentship
1. UK/EU applicants only (the studentships are not suitable for students from outside the UK/EU)
2. Student to fulfil University of Leeds Faculty of Medicine and Health entry criteria for PhD study, found at
3. PhD to be held full-time in the School of Healthcare.
4. Goodness of fit between student background, research skills and possible topic (see list above).
5. Start date will be 1st October 2015.

Funding Notes:

There is the potential for applicants for this project to be considered for a School studentship.
The School is offering studentships (UK/EU applicants only) for TWO successful candidates who apply for one of the ten projects advertised by the School of Healthcare. The studentship will be awarded to the two best qualified applicants who show the greatest potential for undertaking outstanding research.

The annual studentship covers the cost of tuition fees (UK/EU rate) and a maintenance stipend of £14,057.


The School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds wants to support top-quality graduates to become leaders in shaping the health services of tomorrow. The excellence of our research has been recognised In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF). 91% of our research activity is rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and the impact of our research in Healthcare is rated 4th in the UK. We are looking for individuals who want to work in partnership with us to grow our research community and research programmes. We have a vibrant postgraduate research culture, strong connections with health and social care organisations and excellent facilities for PhD students. Our PhD community is highly valued and supported by outstanding facilities, our specially designed PGR suit and our internationally renowned research academics.

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