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Developing an intervention to maximise nurse antibiotic prescribing for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections (URTI)

  • Full or part time
    Dr Lesley Price
    Dr V Ness
    Dr K McAloney-Kocaman
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Project reference number: SHLS19026

Project Description

Antimicrobial resistance is a public health priority with human, financial and social costs. One of the main contributors to this resistance is the inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics. In the United Kingdom, nurses can independently prescribe, yet most of the antibiotic prescribing literature has focussed on the role of medical prescribers. Findings from a previous PhD study explored the influences on the antibiotic prescribing behaviour of Nurse Independent Prescribers when a patient presented to them with an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). Results found that key influences on whether they intended to manage the patient with or without an antibiotic were the social influence from other nonmedical prescribers and experience and confidence (facilitators) and pressure from patients/carers to prescribe an antibiotic (barrier).


This PhD will focus on developing an intervention based on these findings to maximize appropriate antibiotic prescribing by nurses for patients who present with an URTI. The project will link these findings to the current evidence-base and develop, test, implement and evaluate an intervention using direction from the Medical Research Council’s guidance.


The successful applicant will hold the minimum of a first degree (2:1 or above) in a subject relevant to health sciences. Previous experience of intervention development/implementation science research methodology and preferably a Master’s degree is desirable.
Candidates are requested to submit a more detailed research proposal (of a maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of their application.

Research Strategy and Research Profile

Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, We address the Goals via three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments. This project is part of the research activity of the Research Group – Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) research group

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 year full-time PhD study programme with a start date of 1st October 2019
For information on how to apply and the online application form please go to
Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

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