Postgraduate research opportunities Dunhill Medical Trust Project 4: The Pharmaceutical Care of Older People with Sensory Impairment (OPwSI)

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Key facts

  • Opens: Friday 6 May 2022
  • Deadline: Sunday 26 June 2022
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Funding: Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Overview

This PhD will use multi-stakeholder coproduction of evidence based (EB) guidelines for the assessment and management of the pharmaceutical care of OPwSI and will test the feasibility of the guideline implementation into different healthcare settings.
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Eligibility

Candidates should have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK, in a relevant subject e.g. Candidates with a background in Health Services Research, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Psychology, are encouraged to apply. Others will be considered if additional experience is relevant) and/or relevant work experience either in the design of services or technologies or in the health and care sector (not limited to pharmacy context).  Candidates should be highly motivated to undertake cutting edge research in this field.

Please note that the studentship covers UK fees only. While non-UK applicants can apply, they need to specify in their documentation how they will fund the difference between the home UK and international fee rates.

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Project Details

Older people are disproportionately affected by sensory impairment (SI) (hearing and/or visual) and  more likely to use multiple medicines and to live alone. Pharmaceutical care aims to promote the safe and effective supply and use of medicines. OPwSI are at high risk of harm and therapeutic failure. Healthcare settings, consultations and services need to support the complex needs of the growing number of older, community-dwelling citizens to facilitate their ability to live at home for as long as desired.

This PhD will use multi-stakeholder coproduction of evidence based (EB) guidelines for the assessment and management of the pharmaceutical care of OPwSI and will test the feasibility of the guideline implementation into different healthcare settings.

The PhD will involve mixed methods.

Year 1 (Y1) will involve the identification and synthesis of evidence to inform the guidelines and the establishment of an international multi-disciplinary guideline development group.

In Y2, participatory methods, will be used to derive formalised consensus regarding the content and format of the guidelines.

Y3 will involve a feasibility study to evaluate the guideline implementation into different healthcare settings.

Further information

This studentship is part of a cohort of four studentships called The Pansophy Cohort: Multidisciplinary solutions to age-related challenges of pharmaceutical care. The cohort is funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Dunhill Medical Trust studentships:

These PhD studentships are part of a wider research programme, SIPA2 Project (references 1-4).  A bespoke Patient and Public involvement (PPI) group will be created for the purpose of supporting and advising the PhD cohort throughout the three-year period.  Funding is available to establish this group and included meeting attendance and preparation, travel and subsistence.  Additional funding is available to support annual PPI engagement events in addition to the engagement that will be undertaken as empirical elements of the individual projects.

The University of Strathclyde has an Age-friendly Academy the members of which will be invited to contribute to the development of the PhD projects and to consider participation in the PPI group if relevant i.e. the group will comprise representatives of OPwSI. The PhD students would be expected to join the Strathclyde Ageing Network.

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Funding details

Each studentship is worth approximately £73,000 (including fees, stipends and support costs).

Funding towards:

  • Support (travel, equipment, etc) costs £3,300/year
  • Home fee £4,613/year
  • Stipend £15,999/year (increasing annually)
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Supervisors

Professor Margaret Watson

Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

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Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

SIPBS (Pharmacy)

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2022 - Sep 2023

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Professor Margaret (Mags) C. Watson (margaret.watson@strath.ac.uk)