PhD Studentship: Hospital Preventable Mortality – measurement and response

Application deadline:  1st December 2015

CLAHRC West Midlands are pleased to offer this full-time 3yr PhD studentship opportunity. It will be based in the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham is available working with West Midland Trusts on the topic of hospital preventable mortality measurements and interventions, as part of CLAHRC West Midlands’ Chronic disease (integrated and holistic care) Theme.

This studentship offers the chance to influence future NHS service developments and service quality improvement. Partnership working with Acute NHS Trusts and other partners in the West Midlands is required in order to measure preventable mortality at institutional level, identify common areas of concern and study the processes followed by Trusts to improve these.

The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary team including specialists in epidemiology, qualitative and quantitative research methods, health services research and systematic reviewing. The PhD will have qualitative and quantitative components as is expected that mixed methods research will be most appropriate for the topic of investigation, but the themes investigated could be orientated in a number of directions in consultation with the candidate and their areas of strength and interest.


  • A medical doctor, or a first or upper second class honours degree in areas such as physical or social science, economics, mathematics, management studies; relevant degrees in other subjects may also be considered
  • Additional relevant research experience or higher qualifications, and experience with the NHS would be preferred.

For further information about the PhD, please contact Dr Semira Manaseki-Holland; Tel 0121414533.

Formal applications require:

  • CV to include the names and addresses of two referees (postal and email)
  • Covering letter explaining why your experience makes you suitable for this PhD.

Please send your application to by midday on 1st December 

The PhD is offered full time, but part time applications will also be considered up to a minimum of 50% time on project.

Funding Notes

The University of Birmingham registration fee is covered for duration of 3 years for UK/EU students. You are not exempt from applying if you are an overseas student (non-EU), but you will be required to pay the difference in the Overseas registration fee

There will be an annual stipend of £16,000 (15/16), plus research expenses (travel and consumables)

For more information about the project, please see the website 

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