Funded PhD Studentship: Values in Health: Patient and Citizens' Values and how they relate to Education and Activation

Swansea University

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

Although tremendous progress has been made over the last 40 years, health services continue to be challenged by increasing need and demand without the provision of additional resource. These challenges include variation in access, quality, cost and outcomes.

To maintain health services globally, and continue improving population health, there is an urgent need to transform health services in order to deliver value for the population, health service and the individual affected. Unfortunately, there is limited empirical data to support these triple value aims and mapping and navigating these different value streams (e.g. clinical outcomes, patient reported outcome and experience measures, quality of life, health and wellbeing and personal values) becomes problematic.

The aim of this project is to develop a value based set of criteria which incorporate patient and citizen- centred values into the evaluation of education and activation programmes. This project will meet the need of Velindre Cancer Centre to ensure its programme of work (and evaluation framework) in education and activation is underpinned by a sound conceptual, methodological and robust research base.

The project will consist of 4 integrated work packages (WPs) as outlined below.  Specific objectives to be addressed include:

  • WP1 -To systematically review the current evidence base of the incorporation of patient/citizen values into health care delivery and service design;
  • WP2 - To develop a robust dataset on patient and citizens' values in relation to healthcare;
  • WP3- To map values against more traditional measures of health outcome including Health –related Quality of Life (QOL), patient reported outcome measures (PROMS), patient reported experience measures (PREMS) and physical and emotional well- being;
  • WP4 - To consider how persons and citizens' values can be supported by educational and activation programmes including developing a value based set of criteria that could be used to evaluate the impact of innovations in education and activation

The project will utilise a mixed methods design which will include systematic reviewing of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analysis.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Academic Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in economics, health economics, psychology or other related health subject (including medicine, nursing or allied health professions). A postgraduate qualification in health economics or related subject is desirable.

Residency Criteria

Candidates should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

The studentship will be subject to a DBS clearance.

Funding Details

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,340 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

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