Proposed start date: 1 October 2023
A high proportion of individuals experience persistent COVID symptoms after their acute COVID infection [described as “Long COVID” (1)]. These symptoms have a profound effect on the individual’s quality of life as they impair their ability to perform activities of daily living. To support people throughout their COVID recovery, the Your COVID Recovery® programme was developed (2). In addition to traditional face-to-face rehabilitation, this programme includes a digital rehabilitation programme, paper-based rehabilitation manual, and an open access website with information on how to relieve and manage COVID symptoms. To date, over 2300 patients have enrolled onto the digital rehabilitation programme in the UK. However, despite minority ethnic groups being disproportionally affected by COVID, 88% of individuals using the digital rehabilitation programme self-report as White British (2). The aim of this project is to increase minority ethnic group participation in the Your COVID Recovery programme by designing a new culturally appropriate version. This may include the web, paper-based or face-to-face platforms to offer a menu of choices for patients. This programme will then be implemented in an underrepresented/ minority ethnic group to determine if it effectively improves COVID symptoms, exercise tolerance and health-related quality of life.
Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject.
The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.
This programme is open to:
- allied health professionals
- junior doctors
- general practitioners
Fellows recruited to the programme must be practicing healthcare professionals and be registered with a national professional regulatory body (e.g. the General Medical Council, Health and Care Professions Council) in the UK/Republic of Ireland.
Medical graduates must be registered on a UK/Republic of Ireland specialist training programme or must be a registered GP.
All fellows must have completed their undergraduate degree and be registered with the relevant professional body.
Application help: https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/healthcare-inequalities/application-help.
To apply, please go to: https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/funded-opportunities/leicestershire-healthcare-inequalities-improvement-dtp
With your application, please include:
- Full up to date CV
- Personal statement of 700 words (for detailed instructions on what we will be looking for in your personal statement and your CV, please review the guidance here: https://le.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/healthcare-inequalities/application-help).
- Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
- Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
- In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
In the funding section please specify that you wish to be considered for Wellcome Trust LHII DTP
In the proposal section please provide the name of at least one or at most two of the projects you are interested in (please indicate title and name of supervisor). The first project you list will be taken to be your preferred choice.
Upload the Widening Participation form (found on the above link) to the proposal section
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