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PhD Studentship: Developing a Personalised Care Pathway to Improve Health and Wellbeing of People with Parkinson's

University of Plymouth - Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Plymouth
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th May 2021
Closes: 30th June 2021

Director of Studies: Professor Victoria Allgar (victoria.allgar@plymouth.ac.uk)

2nd Supervisor: Dr Camille Carroll (camille.carroll@plymouth.ac.uk)

3rd Supervisor: TBC from Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship in an exciting opportunity to study in the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit, Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth. The studentship will start on 01 October 2021.

Project Description 

The way healthcare is delivered is changing, with a move towards personalized care, delivered remotely with the use of digital tools. The way that we evaluate healthcare interventions is also evolving, and it is important that clinical triallists understand the healthcare landscape within which interventions are to be placed and evaluated. Within the Parkinson’s disease service at University Hospitals NHS Trust, we have pioneered an innovative care pathway for people with Parkinson’s (PwP), ‘Home Based Care’ (HBC), based on supported self-management, triggered contacts and digitally-enabled remote monitoring. In this PhD, you will help refining this intervention, developing a stratification tool to inform its implementation and designing a feasibility trial for its evaluation. 

In this PhD you will:

  • evaluate the literature for current best practice;
  • work with current PwP on HBC to refine existing, and develop new, resources to support self-management;
  • help develop a computational model to stratify patients for different levels of self-management support;
  • design and undertake a feasibility trial to determine the acceptability and feasibility of the stratification process and revised intervention, as well as the feasibility of a trial to determine its clinical and cost-effectiveness. 

You will develop skills in systematic review, qualitative research methodology, PPI engagement, AI methodologies and trial design and delivery. The successful applicant will be based in the Peninsula Clinical Trial Unit at Peninsula Medical School. 

Eligibility 

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant Masters qualification. The applicant will have an interest in clinical trials and an awareness of digital health technologies and long term conditions, such as Parkinson’s. 

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,609 per annum (2021/22 rate).  The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover International fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,697 per annum). 

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Professor Victoria Allgar (victoria.allgar@plymouth.ac.uk).

For further information on research studentships at the University of Plymouth and to apply for this position please visit: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/research-degrees/postgraduate-research-studentships and select the studentship you would like to apply for. Please clearly state the name of the studentship that you are applying for on your personal statement. 

Please see here for a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process contact doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 30th June 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in July. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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