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  Improving access to work for people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases


   School of Health and Society

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Over recent years, the Centre for Human Movement and Rehabilitation (CHMR) has received extensive investment allowing us to develop world-class research facilities for PhD study. These include three human performance laboratories, a prosthetics and orthotics workshop, markerless motion capture, cutting-edge ultrasound equipment, and access to the new North of England Robotics Innovation Centre (NERIC). CHMR has a strong community of postgraduate research students and is home to the £5.5 million EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics. The Clinical Rehabilitation Theme has a PhD project available with a focus on improving access to work for people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMD).

Work problems are common in people with arthritis. Up to half of people with inflammatory arthritis stop working within 10 years due to their condition and up to 67% report presenteeism (i.e., reduced work productivity), even when their disease in remission. Working people with osteoarthritis also experience difficulties at work due to pain and activity limitation, with little access to workplace accommodations or support. Employers need to be educated to support employees to create a positive work environment and promote available workplace support.

We are known for world-leading research in rheumatology rehabilitation and would welcome PhD candidates interested in identifying challenges and opportunities to improve access to work for all people with RMD, specifically those from underserved communities towards a more inclusive workforce.

We are seeking PhD applicants with a minimum of a 2.1 degree. We encourage candidates from various background to apply, including, allied and health professions, nursing, social sciences, medicine, health economics, and public health with an interest in work and health.

All students who study for a PhD at Salford benefit from our strong PGR community through peer-to-peer support, alongside dedicated PGR training and seminars. Core training and induction is mandatory for all three years and covers topics such as ethics, IT essentials, communications skills and EDI and wellbeing. The cohort structure encourages peer support and increases PGRs to network with one another to a build community of researchers that can engage with activities that are accessible and inclusive. Details of our student journey and how to apply can be found from our Doctoral School here.

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