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PhD Studentship - The Development of an Intervention to Enable and Encourage Healthcare Professionals to Provide Appropriate Support and Information about Sexual Issues to Cancer Survivors and their Intimate Partners

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 Maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 11th May 2020

Funding amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Sam Porter

While supportive care for cancer survivors has improved greatly in recent years, it is still not as good as it could be. A common experience is that, once active treatment has been completed, contact with professional carers tails off leaving patients and their partners feeling anxious and unsupported. The reluctance of healthcare professionals to address sexually-related topics means that this is a particularly neglected area of supportive care. This is a significant problem because many cancers and their treatments have profound effects on patients’ sex lives. These effects can be physical (frequently relating to loss or reduction of sexual functioning) and/or psychological (frequently relating to self-image).

In response to this unmet need, this project aims to develop an intervention to enable and encourage healthcare professionals to provide appropriate support and information about sexual issues to cancer survivors and their intimate partners.

In order to ensure that the intervention has a sound evidence base, the project will involve uncovering what the various needs of cancer survivors are, along with the best methods for meeting those needs. We will also examine how healthcare professionals can be best supported to meet those needs.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Additional Eligibility: It is desirable that candidates should be registered (or eligible for registration) as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and that they should have experience in providing cancer care.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 11 May 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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