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KESS2 Scholarship: DESTINY: D-Dimer testing in primary care; a feasibility study (MByRes)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.
Here is an exciting opportunity to study a clinical technology which could lead to entirely new approaches in clinical biochemistry and monitoring technology.
The selected candidate will apply their analytical skills and ambition to develop their career in life science research. This project, will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in clinical biochemistry research and phlebotomy.

Programme of research:

Diagnosing thrombosis in primary care is difficult as symptoms can be non-specific and clinical presentation can vary greatly. As such, patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of a thrombosis are often urgently referred into secondary care for investigation. However, up to 50-60% of such referrals may be avoidable as the patient does not have a thrombosis. Not only is this inconvenient for the patient, it constitutes a significant economic burden on secondary care services both in terms of staff time and financial cost.
The aims of this study, therefore, are to determine whether adding to standardised risk scoring the use of Point-of-Care (POC) D-Dimer testing in a primary care setting is a) logistically possible and b) may be capable of informing the decision of GPs to refer patients into secondary care or not.
The MScR student will collect data at St. John’s Medical Centre in Aberdare. Patients with a suspected thrombosis, will before the end of the GP consultation be invited to take part in the study. The student would be responsible for performing phlebotomy (training to be provided) to obtain blood samples for subsequent use with the POC D-Dimer test prior to patients travelling to Prince Charles Hospital for routine investigations. Later, the student would correlate patient POC D-Dimer test results and Wells risk scores with the diagnoses obtained in secondary care via retrospective analysis of medical records.

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit: Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Professor Mark Williams ().

Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 26th January 2020
Interviews will be held w/c 3rd Feb 2020

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MbyRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11k p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.
The position is available from 1st April 2020.

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