PhD - Design and implementation of novel oncology pharmacy services

University of East Anglia - School of Pharmacy

Start Date: October 2017

No. of positions available: 1

Supervisor: Dr Debi Bhattacharya

Project description:

The past decade has seen a transition from intravenous anti-cancer agents to availability of oral preparations for the management of many cancers.  Oral administration has many desirable characteristics such as convenience to patients, reduced healthcare intervention and reduced direct healthcare costs,[1] however, there may be trade-offs for these benefits such as non-adherence, associated medication wastage and poorer health outcomes relative to intravenous treatment. 

Whilst medication management of cancers has evolved, models of pharmaceutical service provision have remained largely unchanged.  This PhD project will review the different approaches to oncology pharmaceutical service provision across the UK in order to identify the most cost-effective approaches. The likely best candidate approaches will be explored in terms of the barriers and facilitators to implementation.  The cost-effectiveness and implementation information will then be used to select the likely optimal approach which will be tested for feasibility of delivery.

Interviews will take place between 16 January and 24 February 2017.

Person specification: The minimum entry requirement is 2:1 in Pharmacy, medicine or psychology

Funding notes: This PhD project is in a Faculty of Science competition for funded studentships.  These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,296 and £1000 per annum to support research training.  Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (in 2016/17 the difference is £12,879 for the Schools of CHE & PHA, and £9,679 for CMP & MTH but fees are subject to an annual increase)

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