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Investigating microbial transmission in the healthcare environment.

Project Description

REF SHLS-20010 Butcher

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) can lead to poor clinical outcomes and increased mortality for patients. They can be endogenous or exogenous with the majority of the latter being preventable. Evidence suggests that surfaces in the hospital environments and healthcare workers’ hands can act as a reservoir for pathogens and contribute to the transmission of the organisms causing these exogenous HAIs. Therefore, healthcare workers hand hygiene and environmental cleaning are important aspects of the prevention of HAIs.

It is known that a range of different organisms commonly cause HAIs. These have been found in the hospital environment and on healthcare workers hands and that effective hand hygiene and environmental cleaning can reduce the number of HAIs. It is hypothesised that factors inhibiting or facilitating the transmission of organism between patients, staff and the near patient environment will differ according to the organism and surfaces involved. To maximise HAI prevention and control measures understanding of the factors that inhibit or facilitate the actual process of transmission of these organism between patients, staff and the near patient environment is required.

This PhD studentship will aim to elucidate the factors that inhibit and facilitate the transmission of organism between patients, staff and the near patient hospital environment for a range of organisms and surfaces.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This project addresses the goal of Healthy Lives and is part of the research activity of the Research Group – Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention:

The successful applicant will hold a first or upper second class honours degree within biological sciences, or a masters degree within biological sciences, with previous laboratory research experience desirable. Candidates are requested to submit a detailed research proposal (maximum of 2000 words) on the project area as part of their application.

How to Apply
This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply: https://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/postgraduateresearchstudy/applicationprocess/.

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to:

Director of Studies Name: Dr John Butcher
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/john-butcher

2nd Supervisor Name: Dr Lesley Price
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/lesley-price

3rd Supervisor Name: Dr Ryan Kean
GCU Research Online URL: https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/ryan-kean

Funding Notes

The studentship of £19,509 per year is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship covers the payment of tuition fees (£4,500 for UK/EU students or £15,000 for international students) plus an annual stipend of £15,009 for UK/EU students or an annual scholarship of £4,509 for international students.

How good is research at Glasgow Caledonian University in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.30

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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