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PhD Studentship

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship starting in October 2019 in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. The student will conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Barclay in the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group of the Primary Care Unit , Prof Kristian Pollock (University of Nottingham) and Prof Claire Goodman (University of Hertfordshire).

The student will be supported in their development, receiving regular supervision. Together with the supervisory team, they will be able to choose a bespoke set of courses at Cambridge to help develop their skills and knowledge as needed to pursue the research. They will be a member of the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group within the Primary Care Unit, a warm and collegiate environment for pursuing research in the challenging area of End-of-Life care.

This Abbeyfield Foundation-funded PhD student will be part of a team investigating Anticipatory Prescribing (AP) for people at the end of their life in care homes. AP is the supply of injectable medications ahead of need, which enables prompt administration of medication for pain and other symptoms in the last days of life. There is a limited evidence-base for this practice which is encouraged as best practice. The study will include: a systematic literature review of prescribing in care homes towards the end of life; an ethnographic study of AP in care homes; and a retrospective case notes review.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

Candidates should have a first or upper second-class degree in a relevant subject and be comfortable with undertaking research in the challenging area of End-of-Life Care. They must meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements: see .

The studentship will cover a stipend of £15,000 per annum, research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Dr. Barclay at

To apply please complete the University GRADSAF application form - then click on Course Directory and choose Public Health & Primary Care - PhD - by Thursday 28th February 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in March 2019.

With your GRADSAF application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests. (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts (iv) details of two academic referees.

Please quote reference RH17758 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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