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PhD Studentship – opportunity


Are you interested in healthcare improvement, and want to learn how to apply social science learning to make a difference in health/social care? Through its Better for You programme, Nottingham University Hospitals is designing and implementing a large portfolio of improvement initiatives that enable teams to focus on quality, safety, efficiency, patient and staff experience and value for money in healthcare. These draw upon a range of strategies and methodologies to foster enhanced clinical leadership to deliver transformative and sustainable improvement. A key challenge for large healthcare organisations is to achieve the appropriate balance of ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ change, to ensure the coordination of different improvement initiatives, and to support the alignment of frontline clinical leadership with more organisation-wide corporate leadership.

The broad purpose of this doctoral research is to produce new evidence on the relative contribution and integration of different quality improvement methods within Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The precise focus and design of the study will be co-designed by the student, in collaboration with their supervisors and partners within Nottingham University Hospitals. However, it is anticipated that the study will involve 1) a review and mapping exercise to produce a classification of different improvement activities, identifying the vertical and horizontal interactions and integration of initiatives; and 2) an in-depth comparative study of different improvement initiatives to determine the optimal coordination and configuration.

This funded PhD will commence in Autumn 2016. A yearly tax free stipend (£14,296), plus UK/EU student tuition fees (£4,121), is available to the successful applicant.

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