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Improving the safety climate of primary health care services in Uganda (GCRF)

Project Description

Patient safety is a high health policy priority across the globe. Despite this, there is very limited research on patient safety in Low and Middle Income Countries. Some patients are unintentionally harmed as a result of their interaction with health services in primary care. Common patient safety incidents, which can lead to harm are related to medication (e.g. wrong type or prescription of drugs), treatment or diagnosis (wrong or delayed diagnosis).

A positive and strong safety culture and climate is essential to improve patient safety in primary care. Health care teams with a positive safety culture are more likely to learn openly and effectively from error and harm. Good safety culture is associated with improved patient outcomes and health care worker outcomes including significant reductions in medication errors, increased adoption of safe work practices, decreased staff turnover and higher job satisfaction.

This 4-year PhD project will understand how to promote a positive safety culture in primary care facilities in Uganda. The successful PhD student will be jointly hosted at the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC) and the Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda.

A series of research studies with diverse methodologies will be applied within this PhD project. These include a systematic review of the literature, quantitative analyses of existing databases, engagement with stakeholders to develop an intervention to improve safety culture in primary care in Uganda. A detailed training package for methodological courses, personal development courses, running stakeholder and public engagement workshops and dissemination activities will be embedded in this PhD.

This PhD project will be important to highlight issues of safety culture and how this impacts patient health outcomes and workforce outcomes in Uganda. This project has a realistic potential to generate vital learning for other sub African Countries, which have similar decentralised health care systems with Uganda.

Entry Requirements
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area / subject.

If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Primary Care and Health Services Research. Full details on how to apply can be found on the GCRF website

Funding Notes

The GCRF PhD studentship programme is a 4 year programme with integrated teaching certificate. There are up to 12 studentships available. Applicants can apply to one project which will start in either April or September 2020.

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance.

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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