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PhD Studentship: How can hearing and vision loss be detected and treated in care home residents?

Full-time: available
Part-time: not available
Prospective students: available
Current students: not available
Entry year: 2017/18
Undergraduate: not available
Postgraduate taught: not available
Postgraduate research: available
1 scholarship available
Application deadline: 20 October 2017

About the scholarship

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is pleased to invite applicants for a PhD studentship on improving quality of care for care home residents with hearing and/or vision loss. The studentship is funded by The Abbeyfield Research Foundation, who have a demonstrated commitment to leading the field in improving the quality of social and health care.  

About the studentship

The focus of the studentship is developing and testing an intervention to improve the quality of care for care home residents with hearing and/or vision loss. The work will link with existing research and practice development projects in care homes conducted by members of both the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies (University of Bradford) and the Lab4Living (Sheffield Hallam University).

The studies to be carried out under this studentship are likely to include the following:

  • identifying and describing existing best practice for the assessment, treatment and management of vision and hearing loss from the existing evidence and knowledge base
  • assessing adherence to identified best practice in a sample of care homes
  • developing and evaluating an intervention to address a challenge to implementation of best practice

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop a detailed project proposal in light of further discussion with the project team.

The studentship will be supervised by Professor Gail Mountain (Centre for Applied Dementia Studies), Dr Alan Blighe (Centre for Applied Dementia Studies) and Dr Claire Craig (Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University). Awards will be made for three years full-time study from February 2018.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to contribute to improving care and further developing the University of Bradford’s reputation in dementia studies.

Eligibility criteria

The successful candidate will have a relevant postgraduate degree or an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 or 1st in a relevant discipline. They will have experience of conducting research and a good understanding of a variety of research methods. They will be able to demonstrate experience in a health-related discipline, or be able to evidence their commitment and interest in this area. Experience of working within the care home sector and with family carers of people with complex health needs would be desirable.

The candidate will be well organised, able to work independently and as part of a team, and have strong oral and written communication skills suitable for a diverse environment.

Eligible countries

  • Anguilla
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territories
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus (European Union)
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland, the Republic of
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte (French Territorial Collectivity)
  • Montserrat
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oenno Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  • Sweden
  • Turks & Caicos Islands
  • Wales


Payment amount & frequency

The studentship covers UK/EU fees and provides an annual stipend of £15,000 per annum for three years subject to satisfactory progress. Some funding is also available to cover research expenses.

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a two-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to Jyoti Maisuria (j.maisuria1@bradford.ac.uk). 

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of 6 or 9 November 2017, at the University of Bradford.

Candidates should be available to start the studentship on 1 February 2018.

Closing date: 20 October 2017.

Find out more

Informal enquiries are welcome. The relevant contacts are:

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