Creating and sharing knowledge for service improvement in the NHS

The fully funded studentship will be used to explore the creation, flow and application of research-based knowledge in support of quality improvement and/or service redesign in health care. A core concern will be to examine and evaluate (formatively and, where possible, summatively) innovative models of knowledge translation and exchange and/or knowledge co-creation across service boundaries. Of particular interest are the knowledge needs (and ways of meeting these) of health and social care managers (both clinical and non-clinical). A further interest lies in exploring the impacts of new architectures for research use and research application (such as SISCC) on meaningful service change. The successful candidate will be encouraged to have a central role in focusing the work in areas where they have relevant research and/or clinical expertise. It is likely that fieldwork will be conducted in the Scottish NHS and (perhaps) other service partners (such as social care, or third sector agencies), but there is no prior preference for the geographical or service location of that work. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious candidate with some interest in and knowledge of the challenges of research-informed change to join a world-leading set of collaborations.

Stipend level (if applicable): 

The award will cover a fee waiver for home/EU students and a (usually tax-free) stipend pegged to MRC/ESRC standard rates (currently £14,057 per annum). The award is for three years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Application Closing Date: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015