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KESS2 East PhD in Healthcare Sciences: Exploring therapy services across the cancer care pathway in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) to develop service delivery options

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Key facts

Application deadline 1 May 2019
Start date 1 July 2019
Duration 3 years
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

This PhD scholarship is an exciting opportunity to conduct an in-depth study alongside the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB).

The study aims to explore and evaluate what and how therapy services currently contribute to cancer care, in order to develop feasible and optimal service delivery models for the future. This includes: occupational therapy; dietetics; physiotherapy; podiatry; orthotics; psychology and speech and language therapy.

Background

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be administered in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The PhD is a partnership between Cardiff University and ABUHB, who are the industry partner and sponsor of the study.

You will work alongside staff working in therapy services across diverse settings throughout the region where cancer care services are being delivered, to explore and evaluate current practice to inform future service provision.

Cancer care is undergoing an important paradigm shift from disease-focused management to a patient-centred approach, in which increasingly more attention is paid to psychosocial aspects, quality of life, patients’ rights and empowerment, comorbidities and survivorship (Borras et al., 2014). Working alongside ABUHB and their commissioned partners, this study will use a mixed methods approach to explore and critically evaluate the evidence base for the provision of therapy services across the cancer care pathway. This study will also evaluate the current contribution that therapy services in ABUHB are making and develop potential service delivery models for therapy services going forward.

Project aims and methods

The overarching aim of this study is to explore and evaluate what and how therapy services currently contribute to cancer care, in order to develop feasible and optimal service delivery models for the Health Board.

The objectives are to:

  1. Use national and international evidence to explore the potential scope for therapy services interventions within cancer care services
  2. Quantitatively and qualitatively explore and evaluate the current provision of therapy services for individuals with a cancer diagnosis across the cancer pathway in ABUHB
  3. Benchmark current therapy provision in ABUHB against the evidence base for delivery in cancer services
  4. Conduct an options appraisal of feasible service delivery models for the Health Board moving forward

This project will utilise a mixed methods approach, including questionnaires and semi-structured interviews.

Contact

Dr Catherine Purcell

Dr Catherine Purcell

Senior Lecturer: Occupational Therapy

Email:
purcellc2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 225 10961
Dr Nichola Gale

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Health through Activity and Lifestyles and Technology

Email:
galens@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 87758

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend A stipend of circa £14,000 per annum is included.
Additional funding offered Funds for travel and conferences, consumables and small equipment items available

Eligibility criteria

Residency Applicants for these awards must have a home or work address in the East area* of Wales at the time of their application for funding and enrolment.
Academic criteria

Eligible applicants will:

  • Be a qualified therapist (occupational therapist; dietician; physiotherapist; podiatrist; orthotist; psychologist or speech and language therapist) or due to qualify in the 2018/19 academic year (achieving a 2:1 or 1st degree classification)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology at final year undergraduate or graduate level
  • Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop applied research techniques
  • Have an ability to deliver and communicate to a range of audiences in different formats
  • Be willing to travel and work in therapy services across cancer care
  • Have well developed interpersonal skills to allow positive collaborations
  • Have the capacity to self-identify learning needs

Applicants must:

  • have the right to work in the UK on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a ‘home’ or ‘EU’ student
  • satisfy the respective admissions criteria

It is a condition of eligibility for KESS2 funding that you have not applied for, nor are intending to apply for, a doctoral or research master's loan. Please read clause (3) (m) of The Education (Postgraduate Doctoral Degree Loans) (Wales) Regulations 2018 for more information.

*The East Wales region is comprised of 7 local authorities: Cardiff, Flintshire, Monmouthshire, Newport, Powys, Vale of Glamorgan and Wrexham.

Contact

Dr Catherine Purcell

Dr Catherine Purcell

Senior Lecturer: Occupational Therapy

Email:
purcellc2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 225 10961
Dr Nichola Gale

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Health through Activity and Lifestyles and Technology

Email:
galens@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 87758

In the first instance, applicants should make initial enquiries via the named School / academic supervisor for each funded KESS2 project. All applicants must apply initially to the Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Sciences identifying the KESS2 Scholarship they wish to be considered for.

If deemed suitable for the project, applicants will be invited to complete a ‘KESS2 Participant Form’ which assesses eligibility for funding. Applicants must also be able to provide supporting documentary evidence of their eligibility. Guidance on this requirement is outlined in the KESS2 Participant Form, an example of which can be downloaded as above. Suitable applicants will be sent this form to complete following the School selection process.  Further advice is available from the KESS2 team.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Dr Catherine Purcell

Dr Catherine Purcell

Senior Lecturer: Occupational Therapy

Email:
purcellc2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 225 10961
Dr Nichola Gale

Dr Nichola Gale

Senior Lecturer: Physiotherapy; Research Theme Lead - Optimising Health through Activity and Lifestyles and Technology

Email:
galens@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 87758

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