PhD Fellowship in Dementia Care @PenCLAHRC

PenCLAHRC PhD Fellowship in Dementia Care

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health and Research Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula is delighted to offer a full-time PhD fellowship for nurses or allied health care professionals wishing to join an exciting research programme on dementia care.  The successful applicant will join a thriving multi-disciplinary team delivering a coordinated and integrated research programme based on research priorities and uncertainties identified by the Alzheimer’s Society and others via the ‘James Lind Alliance’ process. The PhD fellow will have the opportunity to develop, test and evaluate one of a suite of linked interventions designed to help people with dementia continue to live independently for longer and to help them manage their transition to dependent living in a coordinated and compassionate manner. Interventions to be developed and tested will involve individuals, their carers and family, the health and social care system (including the NHS, local authorities, and private and third-sector organisations), and the community, to increase the coordination and integration of care.

The stipend is for three years full time study and has been designed for recently qualified nurses or allied health care professionals (for example, physiotherapists, occupational therapists) who are considering embarking on a research career.  Finances include living allowances, PhD fellowship fees and some research costs. Research training, supervision and mentorship will be provided as well as support from advisors in the CLAHRC team, including experts in Patient and Public Involvement, evidence synthesis, complex interventions research methods, medical statistics, health economics, qualitative methods and operational modelling.

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Friday 12th February. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 2nd March 2016. The fellowship will be located in Exeter or Plymouth and we anticipate commencement in Spring 2016. For an informal discussion and further details contact Professor David Richards ( or Professor Bridie Kent (

For further information about the fellowship, or to apply, please visit the University of Exeter website.

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