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End-of-life care of hospital patients with dementia

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

There is an urgent need to improve the end-of-life care for people with dementia, given the rapidly increasing numbers of people affected by this life-limiting illness, and the current underdevelopment and variability of practice.

Many people who have been living with dementia are admitted into hospital at the end of their life. This can result in a number of difficult scenarios. Family members and carers are often shocked to hear that a person is dying and may have difficulty accepting this. Clinicians may fail to recognise that a person is dying due to there being no clearly identifiable trajectory as people with dementia approach the final weeks and days of their lives.


1. To identify the needs of this group of patients.
2. To identify the needs of patients’ close others.
3. To identify current clinical practice in response to these needs.
4. To examine the hospital context to identify factors that may support or inhibit good practice.
5. To identify the mechanisms required to narrow the gap between needs and current provision of care.
6. To develop an intervention incorporating identified mechanisms, taking contextual factors into account.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Additional Eligibility

Registration with (or, for international candidates, ability to register with) the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, or General Medical Council.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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