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Evidencing the role of social care for people with multi-morbidities - a mixed methods project to understand and successfully analyse linked health and social care data on older people.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Witham
    Dr S Grant
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This collaborative ESRC / Scottish Government funded PhD studentship project will examine a broad range of issues around understanding, interpreting and using linked health and social care data. The project is a collaboration between the University of Dundee, University of Stirling and the Scottish Government Analytical Services Division.

Shared assessment, funding and delivery of health and social care services is high on the political agenda, and understanding how best to deliver care for older people requires data on both health and social care services. This project will employ mixed a range of qualitative, ethnographic and advanced quantitative statistical methods to understand how social care data are collected and coded, what the data mean, how to model linked health and social care data in large linked datasets, and how to use this data to derive outputs that are useful to service providers, policymakers, service clients and research teams. Such data will help to improve how health and social care services are delivered, help to enhance cultural bridges between health and social care organisations, and provide evidence of how health or social care interventions can improve the health, function and independence of older people.

Applicants should send a copy of their CV with the names of two academic referees to [Email Address Removed] by 31st May 2014.

Funding Notes

Funder - ESRC and Scottish Government joint funding
Stipend - £18000 per year
Requirements - Applicants must have Masters level degree or equivalent. The selected candidate will also need to be approved by the Scottish Graduate School-Doctoral Training Centre (

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