PhD Studentship for Improvement Science supported by The Health Foundation Closing the Translational Gap: The Normalisation Journey of Innovative Healthcare Interventions



Improvement Science Studentships

The Centre for Health Innovation Leadership and Learning (CHILL) at Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) has been awarded funding by The Health Foundation for prestigious doctoral fellowships in the field of improvement science in healthcare.

The studentship is part of a collaborative programme of work between Nottingham University Business School’s Centre for Health Innovation Leadership and Learning and The Health Foundation.

The Research Topic

The broad aim of this studentship is to explore the implementation, diffusion and normalisation journey of an innovative healthcare intervention.

This study will examine how innovative healthcare interventions get implemented, diffused, embedded and normalised in healthcare settings. Consequently, it will offer valuable empirical and theoretical insights into closing the 2nd translational gap, and increasing our understanding regarding how knowledge about new interventions spreads and gets used in practice.

The PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with colleagues at Nottingham University Business School and contacts within the research sites to apply concepts of knowledge translation, implementation and normalisation. The PhD research is expected to lead to the development of a checklist or toolkit that will enable practitioners to enhance, improve and speed-up the implementation and normalisation of healthcare innovation into practice.

Students with their own, alternative project proposals are invited to include a summary of these in their applications. In all cases, students will be expected to take a lead role in the development and execution of the project they undertake, with appropriate assistance from their supervisors. The academic supervisory team will be led by Dr Emma Rowley, who specialises in Knowledge Translation research.

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Applying for the Studentship

Students will be highly promising individuals who are early in their research careers. Relevant backgrounds include medicine, nursing, allied health professions, management, psychology, sociology, political science, geography, criminology, law, and other fields with a substantial health or social science content.

Students should normally hold, or expect to have obtained by Autumn 2013, a Masters qualification in a relevant subject with recognised research methods training (with an average over 65% in the taught modules and 65% in the dissertation, or its equivalent), must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree in a relevant discipline, and meet the University’s standard English language entry requirements. Students should also have good knowledge of healthcare systems and an interest in healthcare improvement work. It is likely that the project will require both qualitative and quantitative research skills.

Full details of the studentship and how to apply can be found via the ‘Apply’ button below

Please quote ref: LSS/360.

Closing date: 18th July 2013. Interviews to be held week commencing 5th August 2013

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