The role of value-based health and care in managing life-limiting conditions

An opportunity to apply for a funded PhD in the Faculty of Health and Applied Science, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by UWE Bristol and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Ref: 1920-AUG-HAS07.

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 August 2020.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2020.

About the studentship

The aim of this studentship is to understand the health and social care needs of those affected by Life Limiting Conditions (LLCs) and their alignment to an economically sustainable and equitable healthcare system. In particular, we are interested in whether patient preferences for living with LLCs can be achieved within a sustainable model of value based health and care.

In the context of healthcare, value is defined as a function of outcomes and resources. In order to achieve high value healthcare, the best possible outcomes need to be achieved in the most efficient way. Equally, those outcomes need to matter from the perspective of the individual receiving health and care, and should not be driven by provider process measures or targets. The premise is that this encourages focus on individual preferences for management of a health state and ensures that resources are allocated for maximum value.

We anticipate this will involve a series of related phases using mixed methods.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Professor Nicola Walsh on

Funding details

The studentship is available from 1 August 2020 for a period of three years full-time or five years part-time, subject to satisfactory progress, and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £15,009 per annum (pro-rata). In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only).

Eligibility criteria

This opportunity is available to Home/EU applicants only.

Applicants must have a first degree and ideally will have experience of studying at Master's degree level. Applicants with experience of working either clinically or administratively within the NHS will be preferred. A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 1920-AUG-HAS07.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application, so please have these available when you complete the application form.

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted. 

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2020.

Further information

Interviews will take place in the week beginning 8 June 2020. If you have not heard from us by 15 May 2020, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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