Lancaster Medical School invites applications from clinically qualified graduates for a PhD scholarship in medical research.
Health inequalities are systematic differences in health between people that are unfair and avoidable. In the UK, children and young people (CYP) living in socio-economically deprived areas are more likely to experience conditions such as tooth decay, asthma, diabetes, and obesity. CYP from more deprived areas are also less likely to be brought to their outpatient appointments and more likely to attend the Emergency Department than those in the least deprived areas.
The NHS has a legal duty to address health inequalities through the Health and Social Care Act 2012, and health inequalities were identified as a key priority in the Long Term Plan. Despite this there is very little central steer on the role of hospitals in regards to reduction of health inequalities, and initiatives are usually adult focussed.
This PhD will follow on from a nationally-commissioned project funded by the Children’s Hospital Alliance, which has looked at the role of children’s hospitals in addressing health inequalities. The PhD will aim to produce practical solutions and toolkits for hospitals to address health inequalities. The findings have potential to influence national and international policy and practice.
Mixed methods in design, it is anticipated that qualitative work will engage with children, young people, and their caregivers. Quantitative work could explore how data collection could be improved and used to identify health inequalities in this population of CYP accessing secondary and tertiary healthcare services in England.
The candidate will join a multidisciplinary and inclusive team working in the area of paediatric public health. A bespoke package of personal development will be designed around the candidate, in addition to the University’s traditional package of support.
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Application process: Applications should be made in writing to the lead supervisor, Professor Rachael Isba ([Email Address Removed]). You MUST include the following
1. CV (max 2 A4 sides), including details of two academic references
2. A cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the studentship (max 2 A4 sides)