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PhD Studentship to develop a psychoeducational intervention for young people with retinoblastoma


Project Description

The purpose of this studentship, which is funded by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, is to develop a tailored psychoeducational intervention to support teenagers and young adults with retinoblastoma manage the psychological and social challenges they may face as they move into adulthood.

People with retinoblastoma have an increased risk of long-term effects from treatment. These include reduced vision, secondary cancers and facial disfigurements, and those who have an increased genetic risk of developing a further cancer experience greater anxiety compared to others. Despite this, little is known about how the specific risks for this small group of cancer survivors impact on teenagers as they transition into young adulthood and how to support them. This studentship provides a unique opportunity to increase knowledge about the challenges experienced, and create a resource that can support teenagers and young adults with retinoblastoma.

This PhD project will involve three interlinked studies. The first will use qualitative interviews with teenagers and young adults to find out what challenges they experience, and how any support received has been useful. The second study is a systematic review, which will examine existing research about what types of support can help to address the psychosocial challenges identified. Findings from these first two studies will be synthesised in a third study to design a resource to support psychological wellbeing and empower young people to deal with challenges they experience. This final study will be carried out in partnership with a group of young people with retinoblastoma to ensure what is developed is acceptable and accessible. The student will work closely with CHECT throughout the project, including attending relevant meetings and events.

Funding Notes

This studentship is open to all applicants on a full time-basis (3 years) and provides a tax-free stipend per annum in line with RCUK standard rates (currently £15,009 for 2019/20) and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Prospective students from elsewhere may also apply, though would be expected to provide evidence of the ability to fund the difference in tuition fees applicable to UK/EU and international (non-EU) students respectively. See fees page for further information.

Funding for project costs and equipment, and relevant training and dissemination is also included in this PhD studentship, totalling £14,400.

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