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PhD studentship: Should GPs conduct their consultations standing up?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, October 18, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: SSEHS/AD
Start date: 1 January 2020
Closing date: 18 October 2019
Interview date: 14, 15 or 20 November 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Primary supervisor: Professor Amanda Daley
Secondary supervisors: Dr Stacy Clemes, Dr Charlotte Edwardson. The Clinical Lead for Research at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) will also contribute to the supervisory team.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%. In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail

Applications are invited for the above studentship funded by Loughborough University in partnership with the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) of the RCGP. The project will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science, Loughborough University.

Project summary

Sitting for long periods of time can contribute to poor health. There are about 51,100 GPs in the UK most of whom will sit for long periods of their day. Historically, GP’s and patients sit during consultations to facilitate good doctor-patient-rapport. Evidence also suggests that doctors often neglect their own health and report low levels of physical activity. This suggests that we need to find ways of getting GPs ‘on their feet and moving more often’. Standing consultations may lead to GPs being role models to the public, highlighting the importance of reducing/breaking up sitting time and being more active. Studies have reported that GPs do not regularly have conversations with patients about physical activity; changing to standing consultations may prompt GPs to have these conversations more routinely. The primary aim of this studentship is to investigate the feasibility and acceptability to GPs and patients of using standing desks during consultations.

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General information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at:

Entry requirements

Candidates will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in disciplines related to: health psychology, exercise science, sedentary, health promotion/health sciences research. Candidates should also hold a relevant Master’s degree. A good understanding of the UK health system and general practice is essential.

Contact details:
Informal enquires should be addressed to Professor Amanda Daley ().

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”. Please include a personal statement (one page maximum) detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this PhD.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/AD

Funding Notes

The preferred start date is January 2020. The studentship is for three years and is valued at £15,009 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

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