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  National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Patient Safety Research Collaborative (PSRC) PhD studentship

   Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

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About the Project

Award summary

To deliver real and meaningful changes in patient safety for those with Multiple Long-Term Conditions (MLTCs).


The Newcastle NIHR Patient Safety Research Collaborative (PSRC), is a partnership between three universities (Newcastle, Northumbria, and Queen Mary London) and Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Post-graduate student will join a vibrant team of researchers within the PSRC and be part of an interdisciplinary series of PhD projects that form part of the PSRC. Together, these projects and the wider PSRC aim to achieve a step-change improvement in safety within the health and social care systems for people with MLTCs.

The PhD project now available focuses on safer management of polypharmacy in MLTCs. Depending on the applicant’s interests, this may also include elements of integrated health and social care environments. The student will be expected to work with their supervisors to develop the specific project, within the existing themes of the PSRC.

This studentship provides unparalleled opportunities for post-graduate training and interdisciplinary working in patient safety, including public engagement. The student will benefit from a strong capacity development programme, delivered in collaboration with the Newcastle Health Innovation Partners’ Training Academy.

Number of awards

1 Award

Start date

January 2024

Award duration

3 Years


National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR)

NuTH and Newcastle University

Name of supervisors

Supervisors will be chosen based on expertise from among the academics involved in the PSRC. Other academic and/or clinical colleagues may also be involved in supervision from our broader teams.

Professor Andy Husband

Professor Adam Todd

Professor Barbara Hanratty

Dr Hamde Nazar

Eligibility Criteria

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject (e.g. computer science, health sciences, epidemiology, statistics, psychology, maths, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, midwifery, allied health). A Masters with strong research training element would be highly advantageous.

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (at least 5.5 in all sub-skills) or equivalent language qualification.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:

  • Please apply for the 2023 academic year for January 2024 start
  • Search for the ‘Course Title’ use the programme code: 8317F
  • Research Area: Leave Blank
  • Select ‘PhD in Pharmacy (PHS) (FT)’. NB: Reference to Pharmacy is for administrative purposes only.

You then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:

  • A ‘Personal Statement’ (mandatory field) - upload document or write statement directly into the application form
  • The studentship code NIHR24 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field
  • When prompted regarding your research proposal - select ‘Write Proposal’. You should outline which Theme you are interested in. You do not need to upload a research proposal.

Contact Details

PSRC [Email Address Removed]

Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27)

Funding Notes

100% of home tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (£18,622 for 23/24). Successful international applicant will be required to fund the difference between home fees and international fees.
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