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Addressing the needs of older people with frailty

Faculty of Medicine and Health

About the Project

This PhD scholarship is available within the Improving Care for Older People with Frailty theme in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration - Yorkshire and Humber (ARC YH) The theme is led by Andrew Clegg, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research, University of Leeds. A range of projects are planned within this ARC theme with the overarching aim to improve physical and mental health of older people living with frailty, including care home residents, and generate major health and care efficiency savings.

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Work has been undertaken to identify research priorities from the perspectives of older people with frailty, care home residents and wider stakeholders. This PhD opportunity will focus on intervention development targeting one of these identified priorities. The intervention is likely to be complex with novel research methods used throughout this scholarship. Advice and guidance will be being available from partners within the YH Older People with Frailty theme which includes colleagues with expertise in clinical trials, methodology, statistics and implementation science. This PhD opportunity will thus provide the successful applicant with a firm foundation to progress a successful career in applied health research.

Training will be provided through the Graduate School of the University of Leeds. The University is one of the UK’s leading centres for medical and healthcare research, and home to over 500 postgraduate researchers (PGRs). Bespoke training appropriate to the needs of the individual and the methodologies required will also be identified and made available. The successful candidate has the added advantage of joining a cohort of scholarships funded by the Yorkshire and Humber ARC through which a range of developmental opportunities will be provided. 

Your Lead supervisor will be Professor Anne Forster, Head of the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research, University of Leeds. Professor Forster has considerable experience in the development and evaluation of complex interventions and PhD supervision.

The Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds has a large portfolio of clinically relevant research. The importance of the work and its alignment with national priorities is reflected in our grant income which is approximately £12 million. There are approximately 45 staff, based in Bradford Institute for Health Research, within Bradford Royal Infirmary. The research programmes are supported by national and international colleagues. 

The successful candidate will have a main base in the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary.

You should hold a first degree equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours degree, or postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline. The scholarship will be awarded to the strongest candidate on merit.

The minimum requirements for candidates whose first language is not English are::

• British Council IELTS - score of 6.5 overall, with no element less than 6.0
• TOEFL iBT - overall score of 92 with the listening and reading element no less than 21, writing element no less than 22 and the speaking element no less than 23.

How to apply
To apply for this project applicants should complete a Faculty Scholarship Application Form using the following link. and send this alongside a full academic CV, degree certificates and transcripts (or marks so far if still studying) to the Faculty Graduate School

We also require 2 academic references to support your application. Please ask your referees to send these references on your behalf, directly to by no later than Wednesday 7 October 2020.

For further information about the application process please contact the Graduate School -

Further information about this scholarship opportunity and the Unit is available from Professor Anne Forster -

Funding Notes

This scholarship will attract an annual tax-free stipend of £15,285 for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress, and will cover the UK/EU tuition fees. This scholarship is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR-ARC).

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