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Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care during Periods of High Demand; exploring the potential of Networks for Knowledge Transfer in Healthcare Settings

   Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

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  Dr Jennifer Egbunike  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The need to improve patient safety and quality of care within and across organisations rapidly gained attention in the field of healthcare both within the UK and internationally. As a result, many healthcare systems have introduced formal knowledge management procedures such as the UK’s National Reporting and Learning System. Research has raised doubts about whether such systems and processes indeed foster organisational learning, considering the social, cultural and technical barriers to reporting. To this end, various programmes along the lines of quality improvement and as a result networking and learning collaboratives have developed and gained traction within and across organisations with a focus on addressing safety and quality concerns.

Evaluation of the UK safer patient network has revealed various interrelated factors that enhance knowledge sharing and transfer. Using a network ecological model, which shows how networked organisations share and adopt new practices, the proposed study will aim to understand how organisations are utilizing networks in the sharing and utilization of knowledge and information to improve patient safety and overall patient recovery in times of high demand. It is anticipated that key theories for knowledge sharing, and adoption of innovative practices can be distilled. We invite application from prospective students interested in the concept of networks and knowledge mobilisation in health settings.

We welcome PhD applications on similar themes to those proposed. We are committed to creating a workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

You will normally need a postgraduate masters degree or a first/upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a subject relevant to your proposed research programme. Please check the relevant faculty's research degrees webpage for specific requirements.

Funding Notes

The Faculty is offering up to four competitively funded studentships in 2021/22. These will include six years of both an annual, part-time, UK stipend at UKRI rate and part-time UK PhD fees, if awarded. Applications will be internally assessed as part of our Centre of Applied Health and Social Care Research studentships competition.
To be considered for this studentship, candidates must apply for this project and have been notified of a conditional/unconditional offer for the Kingston PhD programme to start during the academic year 2021/22.
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