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  Enhancing treatment access to treatments for mental health and substance misuse in developing and emerging economies


   School of Pharmacy

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  Dr Vibhu Paudyal  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Mental health problems and substance use disorder (SUD) are linked to poor health outcomes including adverse social outcomes such as homelessness and early mortality and are amongst growing global public health problem. Timely access to effective and safe pharmacotherapeutic and assistive treatments are essential to minimise adverse consequences.

Allied health professions including pharmacists and nurses have important role to promote access to treatment of mental health and substance misue. Treatment for substance of misuse including opiates are available in high income countries including through community pharmacies. Access to treatments however is limited in developing and emerging economies owing to resources, workforce, policy and social stigma related barriers despite widespread prevalence of mental health and SUD.

Prospective supervisor (Dr Paudyal) is already leading a portfolio of work funded through external funding bodies to improve health and social support for people with SUD, drug overdose and homelessness. The PhD studies will aim to extend the scope of work to address this problem at global scale through enhanced roles of pharmacists and allied health profesions.

In this global health project, the prospective students will have opportunity to contribute to the design of the specific study focused on mental health, substance misuse, dual diagnosis or homelessness. It is expected that data collection will take place both within the UK and internationally.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview through reply email.

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Funding Notes

For government or external scholarship agency funded students

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