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PhD studentship opportunity exploring stroke care

THIS Institute PhD Programme hosted by The University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and NIHR ARC East Midlands for Allied Health Professionals 

We are offering a PhD studentship funded by THIS Institute and registered in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham. This prestigious opportunity is being offered to registered Allied Health Professionals (AHP), Midwives or Nurses employed by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and will be supported by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East Midlands.

Project Title: The National Audit Programme: An improvement tool for community stroke care?

Research Question: What is the perceived importance of the National Sentinel Stroke Audit Programme and how can analysis and feedback be optimised to inform community based stroke service delivery and improvement?

Supervisory team: 

Dr Rebecca Fisher, Stroke Association Senior Lecturer

Professor Sarah Lewis, Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

Dr Adrian Byrne, Research Fellow and Statistician


Funds are available up to (and including) AfC Band 7 on a 3 year secondment (full time), reflecting the desire to attract high calibre applicants and offer a unique opportunity to develop a research career.

Research costs are available to cover data collection expenses, conference attendance and Open Access fees. PhD tuition fees are included.

Applying for the PhD

Applicants should be:

  • Employed by a Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust as a non-medical clinical professional (AHP, Midwife or Nurse);
  • Have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, a good knowledge of healthcare, experience in stroke care and an interest in applied, healthcare improvement research;  
  • Home/EU candidates only due to funding restrictions;
  • Available from April 2021 for three years (full time study) 

Applicants are especially welcomed to apply if they already have: 

  • A Clinical MSc / MA in research 
  • Research experience
  • Experience of provision or commissioning of stroke rehabilitation
  • A track record of working autonomously 

To apply, applicants should send the following information to

  • Completed application form which includes
    • A Personal Statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research;
    • 2 full references (1 academic/1 clinical) 
  • A statement of support from your employer 
  • Copies of your degree certificates and transcripts, and professional registration details (sent as PDFs);
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any element, or equivalent) if your first language is not English;

Please quote ref: THIS Institute PhD 2020. Closing date: 23.59pm (BST) on 15 December 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Applications not including any of the above information will not be shortlisted.  

Interviews will be held online via MS Teams on 19 or 21 January 2021.



Published on: 18 Nov 2020