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WCPRS Opportunity

Warwick Collaborative Postgraduate Research Scholarship
"New approaches to managing demand in primary care using digital health applications"
University of Warwick with 'Advanced'

This 3.5 year PhD studentship (3 years fees, 3.5 years stipend) provides a unique opportunity for a promising health services researcher to work in a highly topical area and undertake research aimed at influencing the future design of primary care services.

The successful candidate will be conducting research at the forefront of NHS service delivery that involves innovative digital health applications aimed at managing demand through supporting patient-assessment, self-care and triage by non-clinical health personnel. The research will involve working closely with NHS provider organisations and Advanced. Advanced is the UK's third largest provider of business software and services with a £220m turnover.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Helen Atherton, Assistant Professor in Primary Care, who specialises in the use of digital technologies for access to and delivery of primary care to patients; Prof David Fitzmaurice, Professor of Primary Care and practising GP, both situated in the Unit for Academic Primary Care at Warwick Medical School; and by Professor Rob Procter, Professor of Social Informatics in the Department of Computer Science at Warwick.

This studentship offers the opportunity to conduct applied health services research which will have an impact on future health policy, delivery of services and inform the design of decision support systems. It will combine research methods from both quantitative and qualitative health services research.

Applicants should have a Masters degree (merit or distinction) in a subject relevant to health services research, with experience and/or understanding of quantitative and qualitative methodology in a healthcare setting. Previous research experience would be an advantage.

For any enquiries relating to this PhD studentship please contact h dot atherton at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Application Process:

To be considered for this PhD, please submit a CV and covering letter, including a brief statement (up to 2 pages, excluding references) that describes your interest in this PhD topic, the key research questions that you are interested in, and your suitability for this role, along with two references via email to h dot mcgowan at warwick dot ac dot uk


This opportunity is open to Home/EU applicants.


Short-listed applicants will be interviewed on 21st November from noon at Warwick Medical School.

Application deadline: Friday 26th October 5pm