Digitally enabled care in Parkinson’s Disease

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2022

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Director of Studies: Edward Meinert

2nd Supervisor: Camille Carroll

3rd Supervisor: Magda Rosenmoller (magda@iese.edu)

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2022.

Project description

Parkinson’s disease is the world’s fastest-growing neurological condition. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes a wide range of movement-related problems and NHS services are struggling to meet the demand for care. Working collaboratively with patients and community teams, we have developed a new pathway to reduce the burden on healthcare services through digital tools to create a more efficient Parkinson’s care pathway, Home Based Care. We have won funding from NHSX to deliver the rapid scale-up and deployment of complementary digital tools to support Parkinson’s care and self-management in the home, which will then be suitable for uptake across the NHS.

This project will centre on the design, development and deployment of this digital pathway and provides an opportunity for candidates with either an engineering background to develop artificial intelligence patient engagement software or candidates with a non-technical background the opportunity to conduct research in product development and implementation of such digital health solutions with clinical medicine. You will explore the barriers and solutions to implementation and adoption within the NHS, at the level of patients, clinical care teams and healthcare organisations. A particular focus will be alignment with NHS England’s strategy for reducing healthcare inequalities.

Eligibility

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant masters qualification.

The studentship is supported for 3 years and includes full Home tuition fees plus a stipend of £16,062 per annum (2022/23 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover international fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the International tuition fee rates (approximately £12,697 per annum).

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Edward Meinert or Camille Carroll.

Please see a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 3 June 2022. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview 22 June 2022 – this will be confirmed after shortlisting. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.