Dr W E Harker PhD Studentship in Surgical Sciences: Developing an Integrated Surgical Service fit for a Modern NHS

Newcastle University - School of Pharmacy

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,777 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018 for 3 years.

Application closing date

30 April 2018.


The National Health Service is an organisation undergoing significant restructuring. Models of care are changing in response to an ageing population, placing increasing demands and financial pressures on NHS services.

This PhD programme will look at existing surgical care pathways for patients and identify target areas where greater cross-speciality integration between primary and secondary care could improve surgical outcomes. It will explore the vulnerabilities in existing pathways, including data gaps and inconsistencies. It will involve the development, implementation and evaluation of new models of care to ultimately improve the quality and safety of care provided to surgical patients.

This project represents an exciting opportunity to work alongside a leading academic in patient safety and health information technology (Dr Sarah Slight) and an experienced consultant thoracic surgeon (Mr Robert D Slight). The PhD student will be based at the School of Pharmacy, Newcastle University, which is led by Professor Andrew Husband, and be provided with the necessary support and training in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

The PhD programme of work will be conducted at the Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. There are excellent working relationships in place with physicians and allied healthcare professionals across both sites, thus ensuring that the successful student has access to significant expertise and data sources.


Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr S P SlightSchool of Pharmacy
Mr R D Slight, Freeman Hospital
Professor A Husband, School of Pharmacy

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject area. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes is advantageous.

This award is available to UK/EU and international applicants.

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section 
  • select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Pharmacy’ as the programme of study 
  • insert the studentship code HS030 in the studentship/partnership reference field 
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code HS030 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project 
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Our Postgraduate Admissions Service will then forward this information to the relevant selector in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.


For further details, please contact:

Dr Sarah P Slight
School of Pharmacy
E-mail: sarah.slight@newcastle.ac.uk
Telephone: 0191 208 2358 / 0191 208 2335

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