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PhD studentship in Clinical Exercise Physiology: - Remotely prescribed and monitored home-based clinical exercise rehabilitation


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About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship investigating remote exercise prescription and monitoring systems in home-based clinical exercise rehabilitation programmes. This project offers the opportunity to work with leaders in the field of Clinical Exercise Physiology and be embedded within an NHS clinical team, collaborating with industry and third sector partners.

Remotely monitored, home-based exercise rehabilitation is a relatively recent development for clinical programmes in cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic disease. Primarily these have been introduced to increase access and maximise resource. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated implementation of home-based exercise rehabilitation programmes, many of which are not adequately evidence based. There is an urgent need to evaluate these programmes, particularly in relation to remote exercise prescription and monitoring systems which make use of continuous physiological measurements, accelerometery and GPS. The overall aim of this project is to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of remote exercise prescription and monitoring systems in home-based clinical exercise rehabilitation programmes by:

1) Collecting observational data on physical activity participation/behaviour and physical and mental health in clinical populations.

2) Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of remote exercise prescription and monitoring systems in home-based clinical exercise rehabilitation programmes.

3) Conducting a randomised controlled trial to assess clinical, physiological, biochemical and psychosocial outcomes in remotely prescribed and monitored home-based vs. centre-based, clinical exercise rehabilitation.

Training and Development
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD
• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.

PLUS

• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
• experience of clinical exercise rehabilitation environments is desirable

For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

How to apply
To find out more about the project please contact [Email Address Removed]

To apply online please visit: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/studentships/hls-phd-studentship-in-clinical-exercise-physiology---remotely-prescribed-and-monitored-home-based-clinical-exercise-rehabilitation

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus an up to 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: August 3rd 2020

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2020 or January 2021 subject to discussion and agreement
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