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Development and testing of a prioritised intervention to build resilience and independence for older people living with frailty


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Monday 6 April 2020
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Professor Andrew Clegg
Additional supervisors
Peter Coventry - University of York
School of Medicine
Research groups/institutes
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

This project is a White Rose Research Studentship. This prestigious White Rose network studentship will focus on development and testing of an intervention to build resilience and independence for older people with frailty. The studentship will be co-supervised by Prof Andrew Clegg, Academic Unit of Ageing and Stroke Research (AUASR), University of Leeds, and Dr Peter Coventry, Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), University of York.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>Improving care for older people living with frailty is a key aim of the NHS Long Term Plan. People living with co-existing frailty and mental health problems are at especially high risk of experiencing adverse outcomes, so require a particular focus for care. This studentship will use novel methods to develop and test a prioritised intervention (e.g. pain management intervention; intervention to reduce loneliness) to improve resilience and independence. The intervention will be identified through an ongoing research prioritisation exercise involving older people, their carers and practitioners as part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Yorkshire &amp; Humber (NIHR ARC YH) Improving Care for Older People with Frailty theme. Novel research methods will be used throughout this joint studentship, including using the infrastructure of the Community Ageing Research 75+ cohort, funded as part of NIHR ARC YH, to support intervention development and testing using novel, efficient trial within cohort methods.</p> <p>Network<br /> The successful candidate will join the Bouncing Back Network &ndash; an interdisciplinary network of three PhD studentships across the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. They will work independently but alongside two other PhD students researching related projects.</p> <p>The Network is funded by White Rose as part of NIHR ARC YH - an important programme of applied research. The Network is led by Prof Clegg at the University of Leeds, and includes collaborators from across NIHR ARC YH. All collaborators have a track record of providing cohesive cross-university co-supervision.</p> <p>The Network will bring considerable added value for successful students, through collective input into all PhD studentships from all supervisors, a focus on student-led activities to develop student confidence and skills, and a strategic focus on preparing students for next steps in terms of post-doctoral research applications.</p> <p>Training<br /> A bespoke student training plan will be developed with the successful candidate, drawing on collective expertise in intervention development and evaluation through the AUASR, MHARG and Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU). Alongside training provided within AUECR, MHARG and CTRU, we will identify appropriate training courses to meet the needs of the individual student across the White Rose University partners, and externally. The successful student will also enhance knowledge and skills in applied health services research via the advanced postgraduate training programme at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York.</p> <p>Supervision<br /> Lead supervisor will be Andrew Clegg, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, AUASR, University of Leeds. Prof Clegg leads a large programme of research relating to frailty, and has a track record of successful PhD supervision. The PhD will be co-supervised by Peter Coventry, Senior Lecturer in Health Services Research, MHARG, University of York. Dr Coventry&rsquo;s research focuses on understanding ways to improve integration of healthcare for people with multiple mental and physical health problems. He has experience in successful PhD supervision of mixed-methods applied health research.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p><strong>Stage 1</strong> - Applicants for study at the University of Leeds must first of all <a href="">apply for the relevant research postgraduate programme</a> to commence 1 October 2020 - clearly stating that the funding you wish to apply for is &#39;White Rose Research Studentship&#39;. Please include a copy of your CV, degree certificates and transcripts to support your application.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Stage 2</strong> - Once you are in receipt of your 9-digit Student ID Number, you should complete the <a href="">online studentship application form</a><a href="">&nbsp;</a></p> <p>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. &nbsp;All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in a health, social or life sciences related subject.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum requirements for candidates whose first language is not English are: &bull; British Council IELTS &ndash; score of 6.5 overall, with no element less than 6.0 &bull; TOEFL iBT &ndash; overall score of 92 with the listening and reading element no less than 21, writing element no less than 22 and the speaking element no less than 23.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>This project is a White Rose Research Studentship. It will provide an annual maintenance grant in line with the RCUK rate (&pound;15,285&nbsp;in session 2020/21) for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic progression. The award will also provide academic fees at the UK/EU rate.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 8221.</p>

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