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Hospital Preventable Mortality – measurement and response.

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Dr S Manaseki-Holland No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project


A PhD studentship based in the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham is available working with West Midland Trusts on the topic of hospital preventable mortality measurements and interventions, as part of the Theme 4 of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands (

Hospital Preventable Mortality – measurement and response.

This PhD Studentship offers an opportunity to influence future NHS service developments and service quality improvement. The studentship requires partnership working with Acute NHS Trusts and other partners in the West Midlands in order to measure preventable mortality at institutional level, identify common areas of concern and study the processes followed by Trusts to improve these. Measurement of preventable mortality most likely will involve clinical case note reviews and addressing areas of concern would include working with groups of clinicians and managers from the Trusts. The post holder will be encouraged to disseminate research findings at research meetings, conferences, and in established scientific journals.

The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team including specialists in epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, health services research and systematic reviewing. The PhD will have qualitative and quantitative components as is expected that mixed methods research will be most appropriate for the topic of investigation, but the themes investigated could be orientated in a number of directions in consultation with the candidate and their areas of strength and interest.

This is a highly topical subject currently a focus of national developments and interest by NHS England. The topic and skills learnt will be of interest to clinicians, staff and managers involved in health quality improvement and public health.


• A medical doctor, or a first or upper second class honours degree in areas such as physical or social science, economics, mathematics, management studies; relevant degrees in other subjects may also be considered
• Additional relevant research experience or higher qualifications, and experience with the NHS would be preferred.

For further information about the PhD, please contact Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland ([Email Address Removed]; Tel 0121414533

Formal applications require:
- CV to include the names and addresses of two referees (postal and email)
- Covering letter explaining why your experience makes you suitable for this PhD.
Please send your application to [Email Address Removed] by midday on 15th December 2015

Full time three years (envisaged start date February 2016)
Part time applications will also be considered up to a minimum of 50% time on project.

Please note closing date may close early if high number of applications received

Funding Notes

The University of Birmingham registration fee is covered for duration of 3 years for UK/EU students. You are not exempt from applying if you are an overseas student (non-EU), but you will be required to pay the difference in the Overseas registration fee

Annual stipend of £16,000 (15/16), plus research expenses (travel and consumables)
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