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Identifying patient-centred mechanisms to minimise cardiovascular risk across diverse populations.

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  Prof G A Hutcheon, Dr P Penson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Two Full-time PhD (via MPhil) studentships are available at Liverpool John Moores University, via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (ARC NWC). NIHR ARC NWC is one of 15 regional ARCS funded by the NIHR to bring together those needed to support research to improve health and care. Our vision is to address the considerable health inequalities across our region through the collaborative production and implementation of high-quality applied health research in our five themes. Research supported by the ARC NWC must be relevant to the needs of the diverse communities served by the NIHR ARC NWC and its local health and care system, and be generalisable across health and care nationally, as well as within the local health and care system where it is conducted. Our Doctoral Fellows are distributed across the themes and universities and are a crucial part of our Academic Career Development Strategy.

The supervisory teams have a broad range of expertise, and experience in successful supervision to PhD completion. Two from the 11 projects currently advertised will be funded, reference ARC1-11.

Identifying patient-centred mechanisms to minimise cardiovascular risk across diverse populations.

This project aims to identify patient-centred mechanisms to minimise cardiovascular risk across diverse populations, with a focus on deprivation and health inequalities.

When someone is identified as at risk of cardiovascular disease, they are prescribed a range of medicines and are recommended to make lifestyle changes. These recommendations are based on research evidence, but they may not always take into account an individual's personal circumstances, preferences and values. This may explain why many people do not take their medicines as prescribed and find it hard to adhere to lifestyle changes.

Effective healthcare should be patient-centred, enabling people to actively participate in decision-making about their care. This requires people to clearly understand the benefits and disadvantages associated with treatments and lifestyle interventions. In this study, we will engage with different groups of patients through methods such as questionnaires, focus groups and interviews to discover what they understand about their risk of cardiovascular disease. In particular, we want to understand how people interpret and respond to cardiovascular risk prediction scores in the context of taking medicines and implementing behavioural changes.

The knowledge gathered will be used to inform the development of effective interventions and approaches to aid patient-centred decision-making in a wide range of people. Crucially, patients will be involved in the development of these interventions. By understanding peoples' level of knowledge and attitudes towards the risk of cardiovascular disease and interventions to reduce risk, we have the potential to reduce cardiovascular disease and tackle health inequalities.

The project will be led by Dr Peter Penson at LJMU and will be conducted through existing collaborations with colleagues from the Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science, the University of Liverpool and the NHS. The project will be supervised by clinical and academic pharmacists, and a health psychologist.

Contact details: For more information please contact Dr Peter Penson ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

The full-time studentships are tenable up to 3 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at Home rates. A stipend in line with the UK Research Council is payable at £15609 per annum, and an additional Research Training Support Grant of up to £1000 per year will be paid for approved research costs.
Due to funding restrictions, the studentships are open to Home applicants only. It is expected the successful applicant (s) will commence on 1st February 2022.


Within their application, potential applicants must:
• Provide their CV
• Provide a cover letter that:
• states the title of the project they are applying for.
• includes a statement explaining why they would want to undertake postgraduate research in this specific area. Please contact the relevant supervisor for further details if required.
• demonstrates consideration of the HIAT toolkit for the proposed research project.
Applicants should have (or expect to have been formally awarded by 31st December 2021) at least a UK Bachelor honours degree at second class (upper division) level (or equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline
Applicants must have completed and been awarded any current course of study by the proposed start date (before 1st February 2022) otherwise they will not be shortlisted.

Applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score less than 6.0) or acceptable UCLan equivalent qualification.
Further information
Completed applications consisting of a CV and cover letter should be returned by email to Prof. Gillian Hutcheon quoting the studentship reference number ARC9.
Fixed Interview Date: 7th December 2021
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