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Optimising Head and Neck cancer follow-up care – enhancing patients’ self-efficacy for symptom monitoring and self-examination: a mixed-methods study.

   Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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  Dr Lauren Matheson  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Head and Neck cancer (HNC) has one of the highest disease burdens of any cancer and can result in significant physical and psychosocial impairments. Due to increases in numbers of HNC patients and rising demands on NHS services, a form of patient-initiated follow-up for HNC is currently being explored by the PETNECK 2 study (‘PET-CT guided, symptom-based, patient-initiated follow-up versus clinical follow-up in HNC patients’). This NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research is led by the University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, University of St Andrews, Imperial College London and the University of Bristol. In PETNECK2, participants on patient-initiated follow-up (intervention arm) will have an education and support session (1 year post treatment) and will receive an information and support resource (a digital app/booklet).

This PhD will be part of the PETNECK2 study, and using a mixed-methods approach, will provide a more in-depth evaluation of HNC patients, caregivers and health professionals experiences and views regarding the behaviours of symptom monitoring and self-examination. The PhD aims to enhance understanding of how HNC patients’ self-efficacy regarding these behaviours can be optimised.

Four research phases are proposed; a systematic review; survey of HNC health professionals; workshops with PETNECK2 allied health professionals; qualitative interviews with patients and caregivers. Findings will inform the evaluation of PETNECK2 and the wider development of materials aiming to optimise these behaviours in HNC patients and the general population.

Supervisors: Dr Lauren Matheson, Professor Paul Carding, Dr Jo Brett (Supportive Cancer Care Research group, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research)

Clinical Advisors: Professor Hisham Mehanna (University of Birmingham); Katie Lawrence and Dr Stuart Winter (Oxford University Hospitals Trust)

For informal inquiries please contact Lauren Matheson: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
3 Year, full-time PhD studentship
Project Title: Optimising Head and Neck cancer follow-up care – enhancing patients’ self-efficacy for symptom monitoring and self-examination: a mixed-methods study.
Eligibility: UK/EU with settled status applicants who must be a permanent resident in UK
Closing date: 11 June 2021
Start date: September 2021
Bursary p.a.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2021/22 bursary rate is £15,609)
University fees and bench fees at the Home rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.


Applicants should be capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification. A masters degree would be an advantage, as would a background in psychology or health/social sciences, or a background in nursing/allied health professions and/or equivalent experience of working with cancer patients.
EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.
How to apply:
Applications should email to request an application form.
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