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POLANDFU20ARCIIRP - NIHR ARC East of England- Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice-Led Health and Social Care Theme (IIRP) PhD Studentship

Faculty of Medicine and Health Science

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Prof Fiona Poland , Dr J Grotz No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

PhD research proposals must align with core aims of NIHR ARC East of England (EoE) Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice-Led Health and Social Care (IIRP) Theme (aims These seek to build public- and community-inclusive understandings of research decision-making in health and social care by providing high quality evidence on relevant methods and activities.

Core work areas include:

• Innovative inclusive methods: developing, sharing and applying these in co-producing research, from priority-setting to dissemination

• Implementation: building shared understandings and collaborative health and social care “communities of practice” to inform equity in decision-making, to embed inclusive research practices.

Your studentship project should build and evaluate novel, critical uses of locally-focused research data; working with ARC EoE research themes ( ) to extend research projects’ scope to co-produce approaches to involving community and volunteer members in evaluating research, services, and inform equitable local decision-making for sustainable responses to global challenges to inclusive support.

Research topics fitting within these areas or will be considered, and prioritised if they also:

- Develop links between IIRP and one or more other ARC Themes(s);

- Involve Great Yarmouth and Waveney, one of ARC EoE’s four ‘populations in focus’, (others: Peterborough and Fenland, Stevenage and Thurrock) where communities experience inequalities of income, health or access to applied research to address these.


• Applicants may contact Professor Fiona Poland IIRP Theme Co-Lead ([Email Address Removed]) , Tel: 01603 593630) to discuss their plans

• Submit applications via UEA application site by 16 July 2020.

With your application please upload your: (i) Letter outlining your suitability, why you are interested in a PhD in this area, (background and research interests). (ii) CV. (iii) Academic transcripts. (iv) Two academic referees’ details.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, July 2020.

Please quote reference POLANDF_U20ARCIIRP on your application and any related correspondence.

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here:

This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is 1 October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years. Please note, 3-year studentships have a (non-funded) 1-year ‘registration only’ period.

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in Health Sciences, Sociology, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, Psychology.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1. If your project requires a 1st or a Masters, please state here: The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1 and Master’s degree in a related topic area or equivalent research experience. NB: The successful applicant will also be expected to meet a Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is a fully funded studentship, funded jointly by UEA and the UEA and NIHR ARC. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of Home/EU fees, a stipend of £15,285.


i) Poland, F., Charlesworth, G., Leung, P., & Birt, L. (2019). Embedding patient and public involvement: managing tacit and explicit expectations. Health Expectations, 22(6), 1231-1239.

ii) Keenan, J., Poland, F., Boote, J., Howe, A., Wythe, H., Varley, A., ... Wellings, A. (2019). ‘We’re passengers sailing in the same ship, but we have our own berths to sleep in’: Evaluating patient and public involvement within a regional research programme: An action research project informed by Normalisation Process Theory. PLoS One, 14, [0215953].

iii) Wilson, P., Mathie, E., Poland, F., Keenan, J., Howe, A., …Goodman, C. How embedded is public involvement in mainstream health research in England a decade after policy implementation? A realist evaluation. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 23(2): 98-106

iv) Backhouse, T., Kenkmann, A., Lane, K., Penhale, B., Poland, F., & Killett, A. (2016). Older care-home residents as collaborators or advisors in research: a systematic review. Age and Ageing. 10.1093/ageing/afv201

v) Smith, D. H., Stebbins, R. A., Grotz, J. eds (2016) The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, Palgrave, Basingstoke.
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