Clinical Academic Fellowship Quality Improvement (5 year funded studentship)

An exciting opportunity is available for a Clinical Academic Fellow to join a team of academics working in the area of quality improvement in healthcare.

We are keen to recruit a registered healthcare professional with vision and drive who will aspire to a career that combines research, clinical practice and education focusing on quality improvement within healthcare.

The Clinical Academic Fellow will be based at one of our campus locations in Inverness, Stirling or Stornoway. The Clinical Academic Fellow award covers tuition fees (£1,800 per year) and will additionally provide a living allowance (stipend), currently £18,300 taking the stipend to £20,100 per annum for the 5 year studentship. Overseas students are eligible to apply, but will be liable to pay the difference between home/EU fees and overseas fees. Note that the fees are subject to change annually throughout the programme of study.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to study for a PhD and gain research experience in a range of projects related to improvement science. At the same time as studying for a PhD, the opportunity will be provided to teach and complete the PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (or equivalent). The postholder will spend 50% of her/his time on the PhD; 25% of her/his time developing teaching expertise and 25% of her/his time in a related clinical area supported by our NHS stakeholders. The Clinical Academic Fellow will register as a part-time research student at the University for 5 years. The post will serve as the basis for a future career in Higher Education and contribute to the emerging field of improvement science.

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The Clinical Academic Fellowship is expected to commence on or around the beginning of October/November 2013.

It is essential that candidates hold a Registered Nurse qualification and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We will also accept applications from Allied Health Professionals who are currently registered with the Health Professionals Council. Applicants must hold a Degree, or a Master’s, or appropriate alternative qualifications in a relevant discipline.

Applicants should submit a proposal and application form. The proposal must be in the field of improvement science and reflect the School’s current work in this area (between 1000-1500 words). The proposal should demonstrate an understanding of the background to the topic; outline the questions that the applicant is interested in researching and the methods that might be used for the research. Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University’s English language requirements.

Informal enquiries can be made either to Dr Ashley Shepherd, Deputy Head of School (Stirling Campus) [], Dr Annetta Smith, Associate Head of School (Highland and Western Isles Campus) [] or Mr Stephen McGhee, Clinical Academic Fellow Scheme Lead [].

Please email a copy of the following documentation by Wednesday 4 September 2013 to Mrs Evonne Fleming [via the ‘Apply’ button below]

            Formal application

            Research proposal


            Two references


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