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The Anderson Programme PhD Scholarship: “Exploring leadership development through the Anderson Programme in the English NHS"


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About the Project

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), at the University of Birmingham is committed to recruiting the highest calibre PhD students from across the globe. With an excellent international reputation, we strive to produce graduates and researchers of distinction who attain the highest standards of academic excellence, contribute to their disciplines and typify Original Thinking Applied.

The Anderson Programme PhD Scholarship is focused on supporting students of leadership development improvement in healthcare. This PhD offers three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for candidates wishing to commence their studies in September 2020. The successful candidate will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will also have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.

About the project: Patient safety, finances and quality challenges persist in healthcare. In response to public concern, there has been increased focus on leadership development. One leadership development response is the establishment of the NHS Leadership Academy ‘Anderson’ Programme; an MSc in Healthcare Leadership targeted at senior leaders within the English NHS. Over 1,651 NHS leaders have now graduated from the programme. The aim of this PhD is to explore one or more of the three strategic themes (the ‘golden threads’) of the Anderson programme: the patient experience; equality, diversity and inclusion; and sustaining improvement. The study will in particular focus on the underlying mechanisms that influence leadership development and leadership practices.

The Anderson programme is delivered by a consortium of institutions including the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham on behalf of the NHS Leadership Academy. Two scholarships are being funded by the Anderson Programme, one at each University. Prospective PhD candidates are asked to consider their location preferences before applying for the PhD Scholarship and are asked to only apply to one Institution for the Anderson PhD Scholarship. Location and institution cannot be changed after application.

How to apply: Candidates should submit a PhD application for the PhD Health Services Management and indicate that they wish to be considered for this project. Your application must contain a 3000-word research proposal related to the topic of healthcare leadership development and aligned with one or more of the three stated golden threads of the Anderson programme. Candidates who do not submit the required supporting documents by the specific deadline will not be considered.

For further details about the project, please contact Dr Kerry Allen at [Email Address Removed] or Dr Iestyn Williams at [Email Address Removed]. For questions related to making your application, please contact Abbie Price in the Doctoral Programme’s Office: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Three years’ funding, including doctoral programme tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for those commencing their studies in early 2021. You will also receive a generous research support and conference allowance. You will have access to a robust doctoral research training programme, dedicated research resources, training in transferable skills, visiting speaker seminar programme, and associate with existing research centres and groups. In addition, all students are encouraged to undertake training and development in teaching and deliver teaching and/or research assistantship duties on a paid basis to further enhance their experience in preparation for their future careers.


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