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Living better with chronic breathlessness: accessing support.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 08, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Summary: Chronic breathlessness, persistent disabling breathlessness despite optimum disease management, is common and affects all aspects of life. It limits daily living, ability to work and function in the family. Support, both financial (e.g. benefits) and practical (e.g. mobility aids), is available but may be not accessed or provided for people with this “invisible” symptom. In this PhD, the student will explore the relationship between care and mobility needs of people with respiratory and heart disease from an existing dataset and the experience of patients and their carers of accessing help for these needs. Part of the project will include a comparison to the experience in a contrasting health and social care system of Australia. Two visits to our collaborative partner, University Technology Sydney, are funded in this studentship.

For informal inquiries, please contact Miriam Johnson; .

Location and Research Culture
The full-time student will join a dynamic research team in the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre (WPCRC) based in the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR) in the University of Hull’s new Allam Medical Building. WCPCR researchers work closely with other Hull York Medical School research groups and Faculty academics. The WPCRC has 10 research associates/fellows and 14 postgraduate students/fellows researching palliative care projects. The ICAHR’s postgraduate programme fosters group peer support, and the ICAHR seminars and methodology masterclasses encourage interaction between doctoral students and other researchers.
Hull York Medical School’s unique partnership brings together the expertise of both the Universities of Hull and York. Strong partnerships with NHS Trusts and community health organisations offer a wide clinical base within which to study – improving the health of people locally and impacting national and international health agendas in areas such as cancer research, palliative medicine, mental health and global public health.

Named Academic
Miriam Johnson; Professor of Palliative Medicine and Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre.

Start Date
1st October 2020

Qualification Required
This project is suitable for a student with good quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in statistics, mathematics, psychology etc.). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to also gain experience in primary data collection using mixed methods.
In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. English Language IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

How to Apply
All applications MUST BE submitted to Hull York Medical School via the online application method choosing option PhD in Medical Sciences 2020 October, full time:

The deadline for applications is the 8th May 2020

In order for the Panel to get a sense of your academic background, commitment and interest, you are required to complete the application form in full and provide a research proposal/outline of academic interest. Research proposals and personal statements may be used in selecting applicants for interview. If you have any queries on how to apply please email .

Funding Notes

This full-time UK PhD Scholarship will cover fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£15,009 for 2020/21) for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Funding would be provided for exceptional international students for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.
The student will also receive a budget for consumables and travel costs incurred during data collection. The studentship includes a month's visit to the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in years 2 and 3 (funding for accommodation, subsistence and travel).

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