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Understanding and measuring the impact of complementary therapies in palliative care: a mixed methods study to develop an approach appropriate for practice

  • Full or part time
    Prof P Stone
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department (MCPCRD) at University College London (UCL) is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for this PhD scholarship. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD jointly funded by the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP) and Marie Curie: Care and Support through Terminal Illness. The successful candidate will undertake a mixed research methods PhD to seek further understanding of, and how to measure appropriately, the impact of complementary therapies in palliative care. The proposed research methods include an evidence review, qualitative studies and undertaking co-design workshops.

The overall objectives of the doctoral research are:
 To understand the disparity between the outcomes used in trials of complementary therapies in palliative care populations and the range of benefits patients’ report
 To develop with patients, therapists and family carers, an outcome measure that minimises any mismatch between what patients’ seek and what is measured in clinical trials.

Person specification

Essential criteria
• Fluent in English
• 2:1 or 1st class Bachelor degree in a relevant health or social science discipline and a Master’s degree expected to be awarded prior to beginning the PhD
• Evidence of
- experience or training in research methodology
- research aptitude
- excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
• Willingness to travel for research purposes
• Willingness and ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Willingness and ability to work with Marie Curie for example presenting findings at their conferences, meeting trustees and conducting research in their hospices

Desirable criteria

• Experience of working with/conducting mixed methods research with health care professionals and service users
• Experience of both qualitative and quantitative research
• Experience of working/conducting research in clinical populations
• Publications in peer-reviewed academic journals.


Only applicants eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate will be considered. You must normally be a national of a European Union (EU) country, or the relevant family member of an EU national, and have been ordinarily resident within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the programme.

Application procedure

Please submit applications citing reference number 1707429, in the following format to Yana Kitova ([Email Address Removed]):
• A CV, including full details of all University grades.
• Contact details for two academic or professional referees.
• A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining (i) your suitability for the PhD, with reference to the criteria above, (ii) what you hope to achieve from the PhD, (iii) your research experience.
• Please support your application by detailing any relevant modules or courses undertaken, research internships and outputs, or employment.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Contact details for enquiries and electronic applications (please cite the reference number 1707429):
Contact name: Yana Kitova
Email address: [Email Address Removed]. Tel: 020 7679 9713

Deadline: Please apply by midnight, 20 February 2019

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