Medicine & Health Sciences: Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarship: Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Diabetes Complications

Closing date: 22 January 2018

Key Information

Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarships (SURES)

Swansea University is proud to offer 15 fully-funded PhD scholarships for students commencing study in October 2018 or January 2019.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of student excellence across a portfolio of 34 potential projects.

Project title: Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Diabetes Complications

Start date: October 2018

Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times.  Managing diabetes can be difficult and many people develop complications related to diabetes with progression of the disease including vision problems, foot problems, heart disease and nerve damage.

Patient reported outcomes measures (PROMs) are patient completed tools that assess the patients' perception of their disease severity, quality of life or wellbeing, or a combination of these. Traditional patient management involves assessing patients using clinical outcomes, such as blood results. The medical profession now recognises the benefit of measuring PROMs alongside clinical outcomes.   Although many PROMs currently exist for diabetes-related complications, there has been no robust evaluation of their methodological development and quality. To be useful in comparing interventions and treatments and trying to manage these complications, it would be useful to have standard PROMs.

The aims of this study are: (1) to examine the literature to determine the currently available PROMs for diabetes-specific complications; (2) to assess the methodological rigour applied in the development of the PROMs and to assess their quality; (3) to undertake a Delphi consensus exercise with patients, clinicians and diabetes researchers to determine the issues relating to diabetes-related complications; (4) to make recommendations regarding the utility of existing PROMs to measure diabetes-related complications and whether new PROMs are warranted; and (5) if appropriate to begin developing new PROMs for diabetes-related complications.

The student will be based in ILS2 working within Swansea Trials Unit and collaborate with Diabetes Research Unit Cymru (DRUC).  

Supervisors / Academic Contacts:  Professor Hayley Hutchings / Professor Stephen Luzio

The successful applicant will have access to our Postgraduate Research Student Training programmes.

Eligibility

Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a first class honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a master's degree with distinction in a health-related area. Candidates who can provide evidence of extensive experience working within a health-related area will also be considered.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills and qualities:

  • An understanding of the NHS
  • Ability to engage with patients and professionals at all levels
  • Motivated
  • Hard-working
  • Quantitative analytical skills

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,553 for 3 years. 

There will also be £1,000 per annum available for research expenses such as travel, accommodation, field trips and conference attendance.

How to Apply

To apply please complete and return the following documents to Dr Vivienne Jenkins (pgrsures@swansea.ac.uk) quoting reference SUMS2:

Student applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Literary and Academic attainments (60%)
  • Demonstrable esteem indicators i.e. ambassadorial skills, instincts and opportunities to demonstrate leadership, experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities (40%)

Informal enquiries before the deadline are welcome and should be directed to Professor Hayley Hutchings (h.a.hutchings@swansea.ac.uk / +44 (0)1792 513412).