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Patient centred models for surveillance and support for breast cancer survivors


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Wednesday 15 April 2020
Project start date
Monday 1 June 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Source of funding
Dr Kate Absolom and Professor Galina Velikova
Additional supervisors
Dr Sarah Gelcich
School of Medicine, School of Psychology
Research groups/institutes
Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Improvements in cancer treatment have led to an increasing number of patients being cured or in remission, who are still followed up to detect recurrence, manage persistent symptoms and late treatment effects. With the growing number of people living with cancer, the traditional hospital follow-up is not sustainable. There is still an unmet need to provide cancer survivors with ongoing self-management guidance with clear advice when it is appropriate to contact their key worker in secondary care. There is often lack of clarity on the roles of the different healthcare providers and the responsibility of patients in monitoring their health. New models of follow-up care and better methods of long-term symptom tracking in survivors are urgently needed.

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

<p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">This PhD study is part of wider research project funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research called CANVAS: <strong>CAN</strong>cer Sur<strong>V</strong>eillance <strong>A</strong>nd <strong>S</strong>upport. The larger study is exploring the current follow-up strategies for breast and bowel (colorectal) cancer patients, looking at ways of developing and implementing a self-management element for cancer survivors.&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">This PhD project will broadly involve research around the development and use of an online self-management system specifically for breast patients who have already finished their cancer treatment and its impact measured by a set of patient reported outcome measures (PROMS). This online system will support their own follow-up care by enabling the remote reporting of symptoms from home and the provision of self-management advice based on the responses given. The information reported by the patients will be available for clinicians to reviewing the electronic patient record.&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">While the overarching topic for the PhD study has been identified and is linked to the CANVAS project, the sucessful candidate will have to develop specific research questions for their own PhD research.</font></p> <p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The PhD research will use qualitative and quantitative approaches.&nbsp; A number of strands of work are anticipated:&nbsp;</font></p> <ul> <li>A systematic review&nbsp;</li> <li><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) data analysis</font></li> <li><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Qualitative interviews with patients and clinicians&nbsp;</font></li> </ul> <p>You<font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> will support the submissions to Research Ethics Committees, coordinate the data collection and analysis in addition to support patient recruitment processes. Attendance to CANVAS project management meetings and Yorkshire Cancer Research meetings will be required to present reports on the progress.&nbsp; </font></p> <p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Environment</font></p> <p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">You will be based in Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR) at St James&rsquo;s Hospital, in the section of Patient Centred Outcomes Research (PCOR), University of Leeds. The research group, led by Professor Galina Velikova, is an international leader in the implementation of electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (ePROMs) routine oncology practice. You will work collaboratively with a number of PCOR staff, breast clinical nurse specialists and other clinicians.&nbsp;</font></p> <p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">You will receive relevant research methods training within the Leeds group, via the University of Leeds and through external courses where possible. </font></p> <p><strong>Interviews for this award will likely take place in May 2020.</strong></p>

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

<p><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">To apply for this studentship applicants should complete a <a href="">Faculty Scholarship Application form</a> and send this alongside a full academic CV, degree transcripts (or marks so far if still studying) and degree certificates to the Faculty Graduate School <a href=""></a> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We also require 2 academic references to support your application. Please ask your referees to send these references on your behalf, directly to <a href=""></a> by no later than Wednesday 15 April 2020<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you have already applied for other scholarships using the Faculty Scholarship Application form you do not need to complete this form again. Instead you should email <a href=""></a> to inform us you would like to be considered for this scholarship project.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to </font><a href="" style="color: rgb(7, 130, 193); font-family: sans-serif,Arial,Verdana,&amp;quot;trebuchet ms&amp;quot;; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: left; text-decoration: underline; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px;"></a></p> <p><em>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. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

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

You should hold a first degree equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours degree. A master&rsquo;s degree is desirable but not essential. This project would suit someone with a strong background in health psychology, nursing, health sciences or a related area, and additional experience of conducting research in a cancer-related discipline, for example previous research assistant experience, is highly desirable. The PhD studentship would be part of a larger research study funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

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

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study. The Faculty of Medicine and Health minimum requirements in IELTS and TOEFL tests for PhD, MSc, MPhil, MD are: &bull; British Council IELTS - score of 6.5 overall, with no element less than 6.0 &bull; TOEFL iBT - 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><span style="-webkit-text-stroke-width:0px; background-color:#ffffff; color:#333333; display:inline !important; float:none; font-family:sans-serif,Arial,Verdana,&quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;; font-size:13px; font-style:normal; font-variant:normal; font-weight:400; letter-spacing:normal; orphans:2; text-align:left; text-decoration:none; text-indent:0px; text-transform:none; white-space:normal; word-spacing:0px">A PhD studentship is available with immediate start for UK and EU citizens only. </span><font style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">The studentship will attract an annual tax-free stipend of &pound;15,009 for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress and will cover the UK/EU tuition fees. This award is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.</font></p>

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

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>