Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship starting in October 2019 in the Primary Care Unit of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. The student will be supervised by Dr Stephen Barclay (Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group) and Dr Robbie Duschinsky (Applied Social Science Group)
The care of people towards living in care homes towards the end of their lives is an increasingly important area for clinical practice, research and policy: nationally 22% of deaths occur in care homes. The research is anticipated to inform future national policy.
The studentship is funded by St Luke's Hospice in North West London, whose Medical Director, Dr Charles Daniels, who is working with local GPs to optimise end-of-life care for care home residents. The student will evaluate the work of the St Luke's Hospice care home team, local GPs and other integrated services in optimising end-of-life care for care home residents and their families.
The student will undertake research that is planned to include: systematic literature review of initiatives to optimise end-of-life care in care homes; quantitative survey of current care provision; qualitative study of local initiatives to optimise care that will shortly be part the GP contract. Additional research may be developed in discussion with the supervisors.
The student will be well supported in their development, receiving regular academic supervision. They will be able to choose a bespoke set of courses at Cambridge to develop their skills and knowledge. They will work with research colleagues within the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group and the wider Department, a warm and collegiate environment for pursuing research in the challenging area of end-of-life care.
Candidates will have a degree in a relevant discipline: a research Master's degree and work experience relevant to care homes would both advantageous, but are not requirements. Candidates must meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements.
The studentship has a stipend of £16,000 per year for three years. This studentship will only cover UK/EU level University fees.
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