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Antibiotic prescribing for infected insect bites in primary care

   Bristol Medical School

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  Prof Alistair Hay  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This PhD could include a systematic review of diagnostic indicators, qualitative interviews with clinicians and/or a quantitative study using routine data. The candidate could take a broad approach or focus on one methodology in greater depth.

Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who want to develop a career in primary care research and are able to start a PhD by January 2023.

Applicants should have a first degree relevant to primary care research. They will be expected to complete the PhD by 2025.

The studentship will fund tuition fees up to the value of Home/EU fees. This will be an annual tax-free stipend normally of £16,000 and a contribution towards research and training costs. Students with overseas status are welcome to apply but will need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources and state those sources on their application. 

About the Centre for Academic Primary Care

The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC) at the University of Bristol is one of the largest and most productive centres for primary care research in the UK. ( It aims to provide high quality evidence to address some of the most important health challenges relating to NHS primary care.

Our CAPC’s research themes are:

COVID-19: Projects evaluating responses to, and impact of, the pandemic, and identifying ways in which primary care and public health can respond.

Appropriate and effective care: Diagnosis and management of illness mainly treated in primary care, with a focus on: cancer, cardiovascular disease, childhood health, depression and anxiety, domestic violence, eczema, infection.

Organisation and delivery of care: The role of primary care within the health care system, with a focus on: commissioning and quality, service delivery, avoidable hospital admissions, multimorbidity and long term conditions, prescribing, new technology and complementary therapies.

Our research includes the use (and misuse) of antibiotics, skin and allergy problems diagnosed and managed in primary care, and trauma-informed approach to care, as reflected in these advertised PhD projects.

CAPC is a friendly and thriving centre with around 140 members, which includes academic GPs, primary care scientists, professional service staff, doctoral and post-doctoral students. There is methodological expertise in relation to qualitative and ethnographic approaches, development and evaluation of complex interventions, analysis of large primary care data sets, systematic review and evidence synthesis, mixed method studies, randomised controlled trials, and patient and public Involvement and stakeholder consultation. 

CAPC is based within the Bristol Medical School, , and has strong links with the Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) (, Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) West ( and the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) (  

CAPC offers excellent training opportunities including an internationally recognised programme of short courses offered within the Bristol Medical School. These cover a range of health services research and epidemiological methods, as well as generic and specific research skills. Short courses | Bristol Medical School | University of Bristol

We have funding for one PhD studentship available from October 2022 which must be taken up before January 2023. We are proposing the following topic areas but would except the candidate to bring their own interests and ideas into the PhD. 

Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the primary supervisors of the project/projects they are interested in, prior to their application. Candidates short-listed will be invited for interview.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select Population Health PhD on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. For general enquiries linked to the online application process, please email [Email Address Removed]

Candidate requirements: Candidates should have either an undergraduate degree OR a master’s degree. The PhD candidate will ideally have a background in applied health research or another relevant (social science or medical) discipline. 

Funding: This is a fully funded three-year PhD studentship that includes all tuition fees. The student will receive the standard NIHR SPCR stipend for PhD students (currently £16k per annum). Consumable costs to cover project expenses, directly incurred as a part of the research are included and a small training and conference budget.

Contacts: Interested and suitably qualified candidates should make any general enquiries to Dr Alyson Huntley SPCR Bristol PhD training lead ([Email Address Removed])

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