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Development of a Core Outcome Set relevant to assess effectiveness of longer-term stroke care.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In stroke, research is focused on enhancing rehabilitation and improving the longer-term outcomes for stroke survivors and their carers. This includes: a review of information provision; a randomised trial evaluation of a structured review of patients six months after stroke; development of a tool to assess unmet need after stroke and most recently development and feasibility testing of an intervention delivered six months after stroke. The Unit has a long-established track record in randomised trials and working closely with the University of Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit delivered two of the world’s largest stroke rehabilitation trials.

The NHS Long-term Plan and the emerging stroke plan provides an exciting context for work in this area.

Within the context of this ongoing programme of work and supportive network of colleagues applicants are invited to apply for a PhD Scholarship in the area of "Development of a Core Outcome Set relevant to assess effectiveness of longer-term Stroke care". There is an urgent need to improve life after stroke. However, the evidence base is undermined by poor and uncoordinated outcome measurement. The proposed PhD would focus on development of an agreed and standardised set of essential outcomes (Core Outcome Set (COS)) for use in effectiveness trials, informed by knowledge of the outcomes that matter most to stroke survivors, families and other clinical decision makers. Contact Tom Crocker for more information:

For this topic area mixed-methodology would be employed, providing the successful applicant with a firm foundation to progress a successful career in applied health research.

Environment:
The Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds (http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/646/academic_unit_of_elderly_care_and_rehabilitation) has a large portfolio of clinically relevant research. The importance of the work and its alignment with national priorities is reflected in our grant income which is approximately £12 million. There are approximately 45 staff, based in Bradford Institute for Health Research, within Bradford Royal Infirmary. The research programmes are supported by national and international colleagues.
The successful candidate will have a main base in this Unit, based at the Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Eligibility:
You should hold a first degree equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject area. The scholarship will be awarded to the strongest candidate by merit.

The Faculty minimum requirements for candidates whose first language is not English are:
• British Council IELTS – score of 6.5 overall, with no element less than 6.0
• TOEFL iBT – overall score of 92 with the listening and reading element no less than 21, writing element no less than 22 and the speaking element no less than 23.

How to apply:

To apply for this project applicants should complete a Faculty Scholarship Application form using the link below https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/download/78/fmh_scholarship_application_form_2018_2019 and send this alongside a full academic CV, degree certificates and transcripts to the Faculty Graduate School at

We also require 2 academic references to support your application. Please ask your referees to send these references on your behalf, directly to by no later than Tuesday 22 October 2019.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to .
Further information about this Scholarship opportunity and the Unit is available from Professor Anne Forster:

Funding Notes

This scholarship will attract an annual tax-free stipend of £15,009 for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress and will cover the UK/EU tuition fees.

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