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Experiences of End of Life Care of Bereaved caregivers of People with Heart Failure

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, October 28, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Oxford Brookes University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,

3 Year Full Time studentship
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Closing date: 28th October 2019
Start Date: January 2020
Bursary p.a.: £15,009 for 3 years.
Main supervisor: Dr Sue Schutz

For this studentship the successful candidate will join a team of researchers who are engaged in research in this area. Additionally our collaborating partner is Professor Bee Wee who is National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Professor at University of Oxford. Dr Helen Walthall, Dr Sue Schutz and Dr Dan Butcher are all currently members of research teams exploring the needs of people with heart failure and their caregivers. The aim of this study is to explore the current end of life experiences of bereaved caregivers of people with heart failure, so that care delivery can be supported through the development of an evidence base and best practice can be established.

National policy, through the development of ‘The NHS Long Term Plan’ (2019), has placed a major focus of the need to improve care for people with cardiovascular disease which also includes a need to ensure personalised end of life care. The Plan further acknowledges caregivers in long term care delivery and recognises the need to support their role in the delivery of care. This research proposal addresses these key aspects of care in one project and could therefore support evidence based policy making in a significant national priority area. This study would take a qualitative approach to exploring the experiences of bereaved caregivers of people with heart failure regarding end of life care. Taking a Case Study approach, the project would seek to explore and understand both the unique and common experiences of bereaved caregivers (Stake 1995). The methodology is considered to be one that is useful in nursing research and can enable the researcher to elicit valuable experiences that can be immediately applicable to practice (Zucker 2001).

University fees paid by HEE TV and bench fees will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.

Contact: Dr Sue Schutz ()

Funding Notes

Requirements: Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have an IELTS Academic test certificate with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last two 2 years by an approved test centre. We will consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.
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