Fully Funded PhD Studentship
17 February 2012
“Patient Engagement in Healthcare Improvement: A Realist Analysis”
Cardiff Business School are currently seekign applications for a fully-funded PhD Studentship titled “Patient Engagement in Healthcare Improvement: A Realist Analysis”, supervised by Professor Martin Kitchener from the Business School, and co-supervised by Professor Davina Allen from the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.
The studentship will commence in late September 2012.
Who is Eligible?
The University is seeking exceptional applicants with a first-class or very good upper second Honours degree, or a Masters degree with an average mark of at least 70%. Students of any nationality (UK/EU and International) are eligible to apply, though only UK/EU fees will be covered.
The award will cover the cost of UK, EU or International tuition fees and a contribution towards living expenses for a maximum of three/four years.
The PhD project will build on current research activity in the School to examine how hospital-level efforts to engage with patients are being used as sources of management information for service improvement. Specifically, the study will employ realist analysis to examine three modes of information gathering from patients: formal complaints, solicited patient stories, and in-situ interventions during interaction with caregivers. The processes (how information is collected and used) and the outcomes of each mode will be examined in comparative-intensive hospital case studies. The primary output of this research will be an evidenced-based and theoretically-informed response to the following series of questions concerning attempts to integrate patient-derived information into improvement efforts: what works, for whom, how, and in what context?
Cardiff Business School was ranked 4th out of 90 UK business schools in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and ‘excellent’ for teaching. Lively, elegant, confident and cosmopolitan, the city of Cardiff offers an excellent location in which to study. Students benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.
How to Apply
To contact the primary supervisor for this PhD studentship prior to making an application (strongly advised), please email Professor Kitchener: Kitchenermj@cardiff.ac.uk
Applications can be submitted via Cardiff’s Online Application Service . Please indicate in the ‘Funding’ section of the Online Application Form that you are applying for the Cardiff Business School PhD Studentship “Patient Engagement in Healthcare Improvement: A Realist Analysis”.
Application Deadline: Please ensure your application and all supporting documents reach us no later than Friday 16 March 2012. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For more information on the project, please contact Ms Elsie Phillips (Secretary to the Doctoral Programme)
Tel: 029 20876786
Fax: 029 20874419