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About the Project

The Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC) is a new, multi-disciplinary, £20M research centre at the University of Edinburgh. The ACRC will lead society’s response to the grand challenge of an ageing population that is growing in size, longevity and needs through the pursuit of research intended to deliver “high‐quality data‐driven, personalised and affordable care to support the independence, dignity and quality‐of‐life of people living in their own homes and in supported care environments”.

This project sits within the ACRC Academy , a dedicated Centre for Doctoral Training, co-located with the ACRC, whose students will deliver key aspects of the ACRC research agenda through a new doctoral-level research and training programme that will also equip them for careers across a wide range of pioneering and influential leadership roles in the public, private and third sectors.

The PhD with Integrated Study in Advanced Care is a novel, structured, thematic, cohort-based, programme of 48 months duration. Each PhD research project within the Academy has been devised by a supervisory team comprising academic staff from at least two of the three colleges within the University of Edinburgh. Each annual cohort of around twelve will include students with disciplinary backgrounds spanning from engineering and data science to humanities, social science, business and commerce, social work, medicine and related health and care professions. This unique level of diversity is a key attribute of our programme.

Project

Frailty is a syndrome that combines the effects of natural ageing with multiple long-term conditions, loss of fitness and reserves. Around 10% of people over 65 years have frailty, rising to more than 25% of those over 85. The perceived frailty of an individual contributes to decisions about ‘ceilings of care’ and the applicability of interventions. Assessment of frailty is complex, combining the results of a range of objective measurement and subjective judgements. Attempts have been made to quantify this such as the electronic frailty index (eFI) that uses a cumulative deficit model to identify and score frailty based on routine interactions with the GP. The aim of this project is to develop instrumentation to improve the accuracy, precision, ease and availability of sensing and measurement of key parameters that can help inform a clinical assessment of frailty.

Candidate specification

The ideal candidate would have an interest in sensing and measurement / instrumentation, data analysis / data science and motivated to develop their leadership potential; they would be comfortable working in a multidisciplinary environment where clinical priorities influence the direction of technology research.

We are specifically looking for applicants who will view their cutting-edge PhD research project in the context of the overall vision of the ACRC, who are keen to contribute to tackling a societal grand challenge and who can add unique value to – and derive great benefit from – training in a cohort comprising colleagues with a very diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds. We advise prospective candidates to engage in dialogue with the named project supervisor and/or the Director of the Academy prior to submitting an application.

Recruitment:

In order to fill the few remaining ACRC Academy places we are currently running a rolling recruitment process, with project adverts staying posted until recruitment is complete. Applications received from 8 May 2021 onwards will be reviewed on a twice weekly basis.


Funding Notes

PhDs are fully funded with an above industry stipend for the full 4 year period.
The call is open to candidates of any nationality but funded places for overseas nationals will be strictly limited to 3 international students who can apply for the highly competitive ACRC Global Scholarship.
Application forms are now available here:
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It is essential to read the the How to Apply section of our website before you apply:
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References

https://www.bgs.org.uk/resources/introduction-to-frailty
https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/older-people/frailty
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21554059/
Frailty in elderly people. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673612621679
Measuring frailty using self-report and test-based health measures https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article/44/3/471/49923

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