|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||From £17,668 The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £17,668 per annum (2022/23 rate)|
|Placed On:||20th March 2023|
|Closes:||19th April 2023|
Project Title: Integrating the dietitian into the dental practice to address childhood body weight and oral health
DoS: Dr Patricia Casas Agustench (Patricia.Casas@plymouth.ac.uk)
2nd Supervisor: Dr Raul Bescos Garcia (Raul.Bescos@plymouth.ac.uk)
3rd Supervisor: Dr Zoe Brookes (Zoe.Brookes@plymouth.ac.uk)
Mentor: Prof Robert Witton (Robert.Witton@plymouth.ac.uk)
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on
1st October 2023.
The aim of this PhD project will be to promote collaborative work and research between dietitians and dentists. The candidate therefore will work at the University of Plymouth first class primary care dental education facilities of Peninsula Dental School (Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise) and the Dietetics, Human Nutrition and Health Research group within the School of Health Professions, also linking into the Oral Microbiome Research group.
The first goal of this project will be to identify the main barriers of integrating dietitians into the dental practice. The student will then establish a body weight screening initiative to identify overweight and obese children visiting the dental clinic, with follow up care involving dietary advice to children and their families to promote healthy eating habits. Child/parent engagement with dietary advice will be assessed alongside changes in children’s oral health, with the intention that any dietary initiatives to improve general health will also support good oral health.
As a translational project, this studentship is an excellent opportunity for developing innovative approaches to inter-professional working between dietitians and dentists, as well as performing novel research into the effects of diet on children’s oral health. Research skills in qualitative and quantitative methods and data handling will be developed, along with clinical research and laboratory techniques. The candidate will need to have excellent communication skills for working with patients, and will present their work at local, national & international conferences, as well as participating in the preparation of manuscripts and a final thesis.
Applicants should essentially have a first or upper second-class honours degree in Dietetics. It would also be an advantage to possess MSc or MRes qualification & clinical experience as a dietitian. Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) is desirable.
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum English requirements for the programme, academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each component test area) or equivalent.
The studentship will only fund those applicants who are eligible for home fees with relevant qualifications. International applicants will be required to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates. For more details, please click 'Apply'.
If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Patricia.Casas@plymouth.ac.uk.
To apply, please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.
Please clearly state the name of the DoS & the title of the studentship that you are applying for on the top of your personal statement.
Please see here for a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.
This vacancy will involve working with children (and their parents) and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure & Barring Service check.
For more information on the admissions process generally, please visit our How to Apply for a Research Degree webpage or contact the Doctoral College.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 19th April 2023.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview shortly after the deadline.
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