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Configuration and utilisation of clinical pathways by patients who attend A&E in suicidal crisis


Faculty of Health

About the Project

Suicide is a major public health issue. Although national data is available for individuals who attend A&E for self-harm and suicidal injury, there is no national data for those individuals who attend A&E in suicidal crisis. Furthermore, the clinical pathways available for patients after presentation in suicidal crisis are complex and have not yet been examined systematically. Gaining a greater insight into the configuration and utilisation of clinical pathways for patients in suicidal crisis will inform better modelling of service provision for these patients.

Currently, data is collated by individual A&E departments and mental health trusts separately and the current evidence does not allow a clear understanding of patient profiles and approaches to pathway management. This research is required to determine whether data collection at A&E sites is acceptable and feasible for planning the most effective pathways for individuals who attend in suicidal crisis. The aim is to gain an understanding of how these visits are coded and whether the pathways of care are consistent at each site. Additionally, we will explore decision-making process by staff about the management of patients who attend A&E in suicidal crisis.

This PhD will involve working collaboratively with both Cheshire Wirral Partnership NHS Trust and Mersey Care NHS Trust.

This project will run at the School of Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.

The successful candidate is expected to have a graduate degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1), an ability to demonstrate a strong interest in Social/Forensic Psychology (ideally suicide and self-harm and/or decision-making processes) and advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and a willingness to contribute to the vibrant research community.

Funding Notes

The scheme will only provide funds for full-time tuition fees (UK students only) and a stipend at the LJMU standard rate (in line with UK Research Council rates), currently £15,009 per annum for 2020/21 for 3 years. There will be a contribution to research costs of up to £1,500 p.a. with each studentship (in line with the University PhD studentship model).

Interested candidates are asked to email their CV and Cover Letter (justifying their suitability by outlining their background, skills, experience, interests, etc.) to Dr Pooja Saini

Only selected candidates will be invited for interview on 10th September 2020.

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