The endovenous revolution in varicose vein surgery – assessing the impact and prioritising future areas of research
To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering this project supported by a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary. It is one of a cluster of projects available as part of a significant investment into clinical research in cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic medicine at Hull York Medical School's Hull campus.
Closing date: - 29th February 2016.
Studentships will start on 26th September 2016
Supervisors: Professor Ian Chetter and Mr Tom Wallace (contact [Email Address Removed]) with Mr Daniel Carradice
Superficial venous insufficiency (varicose veins) is a common problem affecting 20-30% of the UK adult population. It can cause significant symptoms, quality of life limitations and complications. Traditional treatment involved a surgical operation under general anaesthetic from which patients took several weeks to recover. The Academic Vascular Surgical Unit in Hull pioneered the development of new minimally invasive “walk in, walk out” treatment performed under local anaesthetic. This new treatment utilises laser energy, delivered from a catheter within the vein, to seal it. A recent NIHR HTA funded multicentre RCT demonstrated the superiority of endovenous laser ablation over traditional surgery in terms of clinical and cost effectiveness (Brittenden et al, N Eng J Med 2014; 371: 1218-1227). As a result the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended that endovenous laser ablation should be the primary treatment option in patients with varicose veins (www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg168).
This project has as its first aim to assess the impact of this endovenous revolution. Routinely collected national Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) data will be interrogated from 2010 – 2015 to investigate any change in clinical practice throughout the UK over this time, to assess the effect on patients quality of life, and to model cost implications for the NHS. Secondly the student will work with the surgical team to prioritise areas of future venous research, using a Delphi approach to survey members of the Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine. The project gives an opportunity for a graduate in health sciences and related subjects to gain expertise in data analysis and clinical research approaches in an area of medicine which has a wide impact on patients' quality of life.
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In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.
Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.
Full-time International PhD Fee Bursaries will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.
PhD students at Hull York Medical School follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.
Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2016 at the latest.