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Fully funded 3 Year PhD Studentship researching the use of mobile technology to record patient observations

6 August 2020

Funded by the Health and Care Research Wales, we are inviting applications for our fully funded, 3-year  full-time, PhD studentship based in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University.

Beginning October 2020. You will be based in CUREMeDE (Cardiff Unit for Research and Evaluation of Medical and Dental Education) and will be supervised by CUREMeDE Director, Professor Alison Bullock.

Mobile technology can give hospital management staff up-to-the-minute information which can assist them with bed management by tracking patient-flow through the system. Yet we know very little about whether benefits materialise. This fully funded PhD studentship provides opportunity to find out if using mobile devices to record patient observations at the bedside makes any difference to the management of patient care and how it impacts on professional practice and relationships in the multidisciplinary team. Building on current research looking at the routinely collected data in terms of observation patterns and whether they conform to policy, this doctoral study seeks to identify, develop and test methodologies that focus on investigating effects on the clinical care of patients, operational management and multidisciplinary team practice. Following a review of literature and an exploration of evaluation methodologies, the doctoral student will conduct an empirical study in two hospitals in South Wales, collecting and analysing data from a range of methods within a case study design, likely to include questionnaires and interviews with members of the multidisciplinary team as well as anonymised patient observation data.

Applications are invited from exceptional candidates with an appropriate Master’s degree.

For further information and to apply visit and filter by School of Social Sciences

Should you wish to discuss the studentship in further detail contact Professor Alison Bullock.

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