Our research group researches the impact of a wide range of population level preventative policies (such as pricing and taxation policies for foods, tobacco and alcohol; regulation to restrict unhealthy products) on non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and cancer. We need further evidence to take into account additional complexities created in a population as it ages, such as an increased risk of having more than one long-term illness at the same time (multi-morbidity) and functional decline. What are the impacts of these factors on health, equity and economic outcomes?
Building on our successful development of our previous work in LilaC on the equity of cardiovascular prevention, and on our more recent work on the IMPACT NCD modelling and city level microsimulation (BMJ 2016;353:i2793, NIHR funded project; WORKHORSE https://goo.gl/Q4kWuK
), this PhD studentship will be involved in research to
A) Extend the model to explicitly model multi-morbidity and functional decline; and
B) Develop a methodology to co-produce scenario analysis with stakeholders and the public
C) Explore the best combination of interventions at structural and individual level that results in reduction in the health, economic and equity burden of NCDs.
The focus on multi-morbidity and functional decline will enable the explorations of impact on the provision of public services at the local level, such as social care budgets, impact on productivity at city level and on the NHS acute and hospital services.
The student will benefit from training on innovative simulation methodologies, advanced data analysis and datasets, access to high performance computer facilities and the group’s extensive experience in developing models suitable for policy decision making. Further, our extensive service links and local, national, and international policy stakeholder networks (PHE, Liverpool CVD prevention group, Liverpool City Council, British Heart Foundation, American Heart Association) will support the student to develop policy relevant research.
Funding and affiliation. This is a fully funded studentship, including tuition fees, an annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 ( index-linked) and contribution towards research and training costs. It is linked to the Liverpool and Lancaster Universities Collaboration for Public Health Research (LiLaC), part of the national School for Public Health Research (SPHR). Applications are invited from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in public health research. Also look out for the three further studentships that LiLaC is advertising currently on inequalities in health.
To apply send the following documents to Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead at [email protected]
A copy of your current CV,
A supporting statement, explaining what your interest in a particular project is and what you bring to that project,
Contact details for two academic referees.
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