NEW! Fully-funded PhD Scholarship (KentHealth) now available
5 May 2017
CHSS (Centre for Health Services Studies) is currently inviting applications for a PhD scholarship in applied health research in partnership with Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to commence September 2017. This scholarship is provided by Kent Health in the form of a Vice Chancellor's Research Scholarship administered under the Graduate Teaching Assistant Scheme (GTA). This scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary, equivalent to the full UK Research Councils rate of £14,553 (rate for 2017/18).
The awardee will work in both community and clinical settings with colleagues in Bexley CCG to evaluate a new social prescribing model, supervised by Chartered Psychologist Dr Sarah Hotham (Primary supervisor in CHSS), Primary Care Transformation Manager Andy Fairhurst (Primary supervisor at Bexley CCG), Chartered Health Psychologist Dr Kate Hamilton-West (Co-supervisor in CHSS), and Chief Clinical Officer Dr Nikita Kanani (Co-supervisor at Bexley CCG).
This unique opportunity will engage the awardee in an ambitious applied health project, working alongside general practitioners, clinicians, health and social care commissioners and voluntary & community sector leaders. The PhD will be supervised by a panel of experts in health psychology and Primary Care. The student will gain a deep understanding of how health services are delivered in primary care; they will be at the forefront of developing new models of care and provide much-needed evidence about the impact of Social Prescribing to inform the efficient, effective commissioning of services by highlighting what works, for whom, in what circumstances and with what outcomes. The position will include time spent in General Practice and wider Primary Care environments. In addition, the student will gain expertise in health service evaluation and have the opportunity to further develop both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. They will also have the opportunity to further develop their research portfolio and publications by collaborating with CHSS staff on other projects within the department through the GTA research position.