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Risk factors associated with poor outcomes following a significant ankle ligament injury.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

School of Medicine - Division of Rheumatology, Orthopaedics & Dermatology
Academic Orthopaedics, Trauma and Sports Medicine

PhD studentship:
Risk factors associated with poor outcomes following a significant ankle ligament injury.

Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship (commence October 2019)

Stipend: £14,777 p.a.

Applications are invited for a full-time bursary available in the School of Medicine, for a 3 year PhD, open to Home, EU and International students. The PhD studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. International students will be required to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International fee rate. The successful applicant will commence in October 2019 (an earlier start could be arranged if preferred).

We are pleased to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to work within the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis. This Centre is a unique collaboration of seven Universities (Nottingham, Oxford, Loughborough, Leeds, Bath and Southampton) as well as Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust working towards a better understanding of the mechanisms relating to sport, exercise, injury and OA. The investigating multi disciplinary team includes specialists in orthopaedics, rheumatology, sport and exercise medicine, physiotherapy, podiatry, epidemiology, occupational therapy, nutrition, sports science, skeletal muscle biology, bone and cartilage biology, psychology, physiology and biomechanics.

Ankle sprains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, with incidence of 15-20% in sporting injuries. Unfortunately, some patients have poor outcomes (persistent pain and dysfunction). This department has a cohort of approximately 750 patients who have had a significant ankle ligament injury with baseline data.

Using these data, this study will seek to determine the risk factors associated with these poor outcomes following a significant ankle ligament injury in order to develop a short ankle outcomes questionnaire. The PhD student will identify characteristics and clinical factors associated with poor patient-reported outcomes at 3 and 12 months post significant ankle ligament injury. The PhD student will then investigate the different mechanisms of recovery, using a Delphi technique. Together this will then enable the PhD student to explore which risk factors and outcomes are important for patients’ recovery following this injury, involving semi-structured interviews with patients to explore their views. The project will culminate in developing a short ankle outcomes questionnaire.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in an emerging area of multidisciplinary research, gain a PhD and develop leadership skills in preparation for a high-impact research career. Applicants must have a minimum of UK 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. A relevant Masters qualification is essential. This project will require strong analytical skills and previous experience of qualitative methods would be an advantage.

This fully funded studentship is available from October 2019 for a period of three years and will provide a stipend of £14,777 per annum.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Brigitte Scammell, Email:

Applications with a covering letter, a detailed CV, the names, addresses and contact details of two/three referees, should be sent to Prof Brigitte Scammell, Email:
Please quote ref. SEOA/ROD/PhDFeb2019/BES. Closing date for applications: Sunday 24th March 2019. Interview date: Thursday 4th April 2019 (afternoon).



Funding Notes

Fully funded 3 year PhD studentship (commence October 2019)
Stipend: £14,777 p.a.
Applications are invited for a full-time bursary available in the School of Medicine, for a 3 year PhD, open to Home, EU and International students. The PhD studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. International students will be required to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International fee rate.

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