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. The successful candidate will undertake a mixed research methods PhD to understand how members of the specialist palliative care team formulate and make a decision about the likely survival time, or a prognosis, of a patient. The proposed research methods include a systematic review, conversation analysis of multi-disciplinary team (MDT) interactions regarding prognosis, and the completion of an online experimental study which will examine the decision making of doctors and nurses when presented with different prognostic advice (Judge Advisor System).
The overall objectives of the doctoral research are:
1. To understand how members of the specialist palliative care team interact, including their formulation of prognoses during multi-disciplinary team meetings.
2. To explore what factors (if any) can alter prognostic decisions and the extent to which this occurs.
The general framework of the studies is:
Phase 1: Evidence synthesis on prognostic decision making within MDTs to identify any factors that might alter these decisions (e.g. profession, length of employment).
Phase 2: A qualitative study using Conversation Analysis (CA) to determine how members of the specialist palliative care team interact, including their formulation of survival predictions during weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings.
Phase 3: A quantitative study using the Judge Advisory System (JAS) in an online randomised controlled trial with three arms; advice from a doctor, advice from a nurse, advice from a prognostic model. This will provide experimental data about the impact of factors such as seniority and experience on prognostic decisions.
The successful candidate must be willing to travel for research purposes and possess the ability to work independently and collaboratively. The successful candidate must be willing to work with Marie Curie, for example in presenting findings at their conferences, meeting trustees and conducting research in their hospices.
• 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
o training and/or experience in relevant research methodologies
o research aptitude
o appropriate interpersonal, oral and written communication skills relevant to working effectively with health professionals
• 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
• Experience of working with/conducting mixed methods research with health care professionals
• Experience of working within a healthcare setting/hospice setting
• Knowledge and experience of both qualitative and quantitative research
• Knowledge of conversation analysis as a research method
• Experience of working/conducting research in clinical populations or healthcare setting.
• 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.
Please submit applications in the following format:
• A CV, including full details of all University course grades to date.
• Contact details for two academic or professional referees (at least one academic).
• A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining (i) your suitability for the project with reference to the criteria in the person specification, (ii) what you hope to achieve from the PhD and (iii) your research experience to-date.
Please include a contact telephone number and an email address where you can be easily reached. References will be taken up for all short-listed candidates.
Please send electronic applications to Yana Kitova, [email protected]
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Closing Date: 24th June 2019
Interview Date: 8th July 2019
Studentship Start Date: October 2019
For more information please visit MCPCRD web site: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mcpcrd/vacancies