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How can practitioners, service providers and commissioners be best supported to make use of research cohort data as a local health intelligence tool for child and early life health?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a full-time 3-year studentship for a PhD in Health Sciences within the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, commencing October 2020.

The PhD is nested within the Early Life and Prevention theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber (YH_ARC), a five year research programme, which builds on ten years of work within the former CLAHRCs in Yorkshire and Humber. The theme is led by Professor Kate Pickett, University of York, and Dr Rosie McEachan, Bradford Institute of Health Research.

Linking together routine data from a variety of sources provides a rich picture of child development. By linking data from a broad range of sources researchers have been able to investigate relationships between a variety of factors from traditionally separate sectors (e.g. health and education). While utilising cross sector linked data is becoming more common in research, it is less widely used by commissioners and service providers to identify local needs and evaluate impact. Given the current climate of reduced funding across services, linking routine data could provide valuable insights for effective targeting of spending.

BiB4All (part of the Born in Bradford programme) is a data linkage cohort study of babies born in Bradford and their mothers. It follows families who join the study by linking routine data sets together to build a picture of families’ lives over time and better describe child health and development in Bradford.

It focuses on bringing together a broad range of practitioners, service providers, commissioners and policy to work together to identify evidence gaps that could be filled using broad ranging linked data and to design and prioritise research questions to be answered.

Objectives are to:

1) Identify/prioritise local evidence gaps around child health and development with practitioners, service providers, commissioners and policy makers (e.g. midwifery, health visiting, GPs, VCS providers)
2) co-design/prioritise research questions that can be answered using the BiB4All linked data
3) answer one or more research question using the linked data

It requires a candidate with strong stakeholder engagement skills and experience of applying quantitative methods. These skills are more important than your disciplinary background. You’ll join the Public Health & Society research group at York and have access to the University of Sheffield’s Politics Department and the Research on Research Institute.

Principal Supervisor: Professor Kate Pickett – York
Co-supervisor: Professor James Wilsdon – Sheffield
Thesis Advisory Panel: Sally Bridges – Bradford Institute for Health Research

Informal inquiries to: Professor Kate Pickett,

It is one of six within two White Rose Studentship Networks awarded as part of the NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber (YH_ARC). The Early Life and Prevention Network is led by Professor Kate Pickett and titled Listen and Learn: A Studentship Network for Innovative Involvement in Early Years Prevention Research. You will be registered in Health Sciences, follow a programme according to the University of York’s requirements and join network-wide meetings, events and opportunities.

It is tenable for three years and provides Home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard UKRI rates for year one (renewable for a further two years subject to satisfactory academic progress). Applicants must have a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is desirable.

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire and Humber (YH_ARC) is an important programme of applied research, hosted within Bradford Institute for Health Research, and delivered through a regional partnership including universities, NHS, Local Authorities, voluntary and community organisations, and industry within Yorkshire and Humber.

YH_ARC supports people-powered research that aims to tackle inequalities and improve health and well-being for our communities.

Strategically YH_ARC aims to:
• Catalyse world-leading applied health and social care research, to advance knowledge and support change relevant to local needs
• Encourage high quality regional research collaborations and between ARCs nationally
• Engage with policy makers, professionals, health and social care commissioners to develop the research agenda and translate research findings to improve services and health outcomes, reducing health inequalities
• Co-produce development and translation of research with practitioners and public
• Develop innovative methods for applied health research for evaluation, addressing equity impact of innovation and value for money
• Build researcher capacity in service delivery and university sectors.

Learn about YH_ARC at: https://www.arc-yh.nihr.ac.uk

Funding Notes

It is tenable for three years and provides Home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant paid at standard UKRI rates for year one (renewable for a further two years subject to satisfactory academic progress). Applicants must have a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is desirable.

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