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Creating pathways for future digital care: Designing for social responsibility.

   School of Psychology & Computer Science

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  Dr Gavin Sim  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship in the UCLan Research Centre for Digital Life within the School of Psychology and Computer Science. This project is in collaboration with St. Catherine’s Hospice which cares for patients and families across Chorley, Preston and South Ribble who are affected by life-shortening conditions like cancer, motor neurone disease and heart failure. The studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years full time [subject to satisfactory progress]. The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £16,062 for 3.5 years. Both UK/Home and EU/International Applicants may apply but Tuition Fees will only be covered at the UK/Home rate for up to 3.5 years. EU/International Applicants would be expected to pay the difference between the UK/Home fee rate and EU/International fee rate.

It is expected the successful applicant will commence September 2022.

Project Description:

In collaboration with St. Catherine’s Hospice the PhD will explore impact of digital technologies to support both clinical staff and those who are affected by life-shortening conditions and their families. Conditions such as those living with and beyond cancer is forecasted to rise in England from 2.3m (2018) to 3.3m (2028). Thus this will but additional pressure on the services to support the communities and people affected. As a result of the COVID pandemic organisations have transformed their operations to utilise digital technologies to support care in the community. Digital technologies have the potential to improve efficiency of service whilst maintaining quality care.

We are specifically looking for applicants who will apply qualitative research methods in understanding current practises, processes and problems within the context of the project. From this, the overall vision is to apply co-design methodologies to have a meaningful impact within care provision. It is anticipated that a framework will be developed and the efficacy of this will be investigated.

The applicant will need to be compassionate, have empathy and strong communication skills. They will need to be able to travel around the community to carry out the primary research and obtain DBS clearance.

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Gavin Sim [Email Address Removed].

For full details go to: https://www.uclan.ac.uk/research/research-degrees/studentships

Please apply using the following link, quoting the studentship reference number DTC047


For any other queries, please email [Email Address Removed].

Closing Date: 24th June 2022

Proposed Interview Date: TBC


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