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KESS2 East PhD in Public Health: Evaluation of errors in the delivery of care to patients with eye-related problems

Key facts

Application deadline 1 October 2019
Start date 2 January 2020
Duration 3 years
Funding body KESS
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships One

This PhD scholarship represents an opportunity to train to become a Public Health academic.

The outcome of this collaborative project on eye-related patient safety will be to investigate and identify priority patient safety challenges in eye care and inform recommendations for improvements in services and patient safety reporting by optometrists. The student will also gain the practical experience of working in partnership with the professional body, Optometry Wales.

Background

The World Health Organization defines healthcare-associated harm as “harm arising from or associated with plans or actions taken during healthcare provision, rather than an underlying disease or injury”. Unsafe healthcare is an internationally recognised public health concern.

To improve the quality and safety of care received by the public, policymakers have deployed preventive strategies such as patient safety campaigns and patient safety incident reporting and learning systems to tackle the problem. However, these preventive efforts and related research and development have predominantly focused on medical specialties and in-hospital settings.

Eye-related patient safety is under-reported in the academic literature and underrepresented in health-related policy. Yet, internationally, public health bodies have highlighted the critical importance of addressing unsafe care of patients with eye health problems and the necessity to improve the quality of health care by learning from previous errors. The nature and severity of eye-related safety incidents is currently unknown.

The PhD offers an ambitious and motivated candidate the opportunity to carry out seminal research in the field of patient safety and eye health improvement.

Project aims and methods

This fully-funded PhD studentship aims to characterise the nature of eye-related patient safety incidents reported to a national repository of patient safety incidents and to explore the perspectives of optometrists and health authority representatives regarding patient safety incident reporting.

Initially, the PhD will involve literature reviewing and critical appraisal of current evidence, followed by mixed methods analysis of patient safety reports. It will also include qualitative interviewing of clinicians and health authority representatives and large-scale surveying of clinicians.

In this project the student will join a multi-disciplinary research team that represents a collaboration between the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and the School of Medicine. The ideal candidate will have a background in healthcare, psychology, public health or relevant area.

The student will also spend time at the external partnership organisation, Optometry Wales, in order to gain insight to the profession, observe activities such as negotiation meetings with the Welsh Government, and receive training into how research findings can translate to policy change.

Supervisors

The external partner for this project is Optometry Wales.

Prof Rachel North, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, will act as the external partner supervisor on the basis of her role as Council Member at Optometry Wales.

Contact

Dr Jennifer Acton

Dr Jennifer Acton

Senior Admissions Tutor, Lecturer

Email:
actonj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0203

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
If applicable, any eligible non-home fee paying candidate must fund the remainder of the overseas fee themselves.
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Applicants for research PhDs will be expected to have one or both of the following; an undergraduate degree, normally with at least a 2:1 classification or equivalent in a relevant subject; a relevant master's degree qualification or equivalent.

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.

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.

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

Contact

Dr Jennifer Acton

Dr Jennifer Acton

Senior Admissions Tutor, Lecturer

Email:
actonj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0203

Consideration is automatic on applying for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Vision Sciences (Full-time) with a start date of 2 January 2020.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from KESS2 East Wales.

A CV, personal statement, and cover letter must be uploaded as part of your application.

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

Contact

Dr Jennifer Acton

Dr Jennifer Acton

Senior Admissions Tutor, Lecturer

Email:
actonj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0203

Funding opportunity provided by:

Eligible research programmes