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Care of the veteran population: Developing an evidence base for the Royal Chelsea Hospital’s care model (Ref: RDFC19/NMH/WILSON)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The proposed PhD project, entitled, “Care of the veteran population: Developing an evidence base for the Royal Chelsea Hospital’s care model” will use a mixed-method design. It seeks to ask three questions:
• How does the Royal Chelsea Hospital (RCH) model impact on the outcomes for inpatients with regards to morbidity, mortality, longevity and quality of life?
• How does the environment (including the military ethos, physical environment, staffing, structure) impact on the inpatients’ quality of life?

• How can this model of care be translated to other community settings?
The current model developed at the RCH has been embryonic, and requires an evaluation to examine the impact on the lives of veterans within the RCH, as well as its transferability to other community settings.
The effectiveness of current in-house care will be examined using a retrospective analysis of in-patient data, alongside semi-structured interviews from key stakeholders. From this, transferable best practice will be transformed into an outreach care model.
This will be a three-year, full-time doctoral study in which the candidate will work alongside both Northumbria University and the Royal Chelsea Hospital to deliver outputs to demonstrate the effectiveness of current in-house care, in order to develop a model for outreach care for the veteran population.

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDFC19/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 20th December 2019
Interviews: Late January/ Early February 2020
Start Date: 1st March 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home and EU students with a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2019/20, this is £15,009 pa) and full Home/ EU Fees.


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