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SPACE for Dementia and Long Term Conditions study: Social and Psychological factors Affecting primary Care planning Effectiveness for people with dementia and other long term conditions

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Project Description


Post: UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) – NIHR CLAHRC (North Thames) co-funded PhD Studentship

Title of project: SPACE for Dementia and Long Term Conditions study: Social and Psychological factors Affecting primary Care planning Effectiveness for people with dementia and other long term conditions

Location: UCL Division of Psychiatry, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7NF

Salary: 3-year funded full-time PhD studentship starting in October 2018 to cover University fees (2018/19: £5,013), maintenance stipend (2017/18: £16,553) and access to Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) funding

The Division of Psychiatry at University College London (UCL) is seeking an outstanding, highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate for this PhD studentship.
The full-time PhD studentship is funded for three years from October 2018 to cover University fees of £5,013 per annum, maintenance stipend of £16,553 per annum and access to Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) funding. The PhD studentship is jointly funded by the UBEL DTP and the NIHR.
This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a PhD in applied health and social science. The study will explore how people living with dementia who also have long term physical conditions manage their physical health care; and the formal and informal social and caring support that can help them to do so. The student will, with training and supervision, carry out systematic reviews of the theoretical models and best current evidence about how frail populations can be supported to manage their physical health. They will then carry out qualitative interviews to explore in depth how people living with dementia and long term conditions manage their physical health. The student will arrange co-production workshops in which they will work with stakeholders to develop resources, to improve how primary care professionals approach planning care for this group. The student will design a randomised feasibility trial of the resources and undertake further qualitative work to gain an in-depth understanding of their impact. This project will include opportunities to engage with researchers across a broad range of health and social care disciplines.
The student will be based mainly in UCL Division of Psychiatry, where academic supervision and broader skills training and career development support will be provided. For about 25% of the time, the student will be based in the NHS/NIHR. The NIHR will provide specialist support with public and patient involvement, and support with NHS recruitment.
The candidate will join over 50 PhD students within the Division of Psychiatry (headed by Professor Glyn Lewis). There is a dedicated post-graduate tutor and peer support group within the Division.
The PhD will be supervised by Dr Claudia Cooper (Division of Psychiatry) and Dr Kate Walters (UCL Primary Care and Population Health).

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.

More info and to view the person specification please visit: :

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: Noorjaben Monowari, [Email Address Removed]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Informal enquiries should be made to: Dr Claudia Cooper, [Email Address Removed]

Closing Date: 23rd February 2018
Interview Date: 7th March 2018
Studentship Start Date: October 2018


The candidate will be expected to contribute to the wider activities and life of the Division of Psychiatry and UCL.

The successful candidate will require clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before the studentship can be confirmed.

Further information about the Division of Psychiatry is available here:

Further details about the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames are available at:

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Funding Notes


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.

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