St Helena Hospice and Integrated Care Academy (ICA)
PhD Studentship
Impact of a Population Health Management Approach to End-of-Life Care
As people move toward end-of-life, it is important that they receive appropriate, timely and
integrated care that delivers their preferences around e.g., the type and extent of communication,
treatment plans, pain relief and preferred place of death. To ensure that these wishes and needs of
patients, carers and the wider family can be met, a Population Health Management (PHM) approach
is being applied across North East Essex. This allows existing health and care inequalities to be
highlighted and addressed, as well as map those system, service and practice improvements
necessary to deliver asset-based, patient-centred outcomes in the last years of life.
This exciting and innovative PhD studentship is aligned to the work of St Helena Hospice
(Colchester), the North East Essex End of Life Board and hosted by the Integrated Care Academy at
the University of Suffolk.
Aim of the PhD
The PhD will assess if an end-of-life population health management approach has an impact on
people’s care outcomes and perceived experiences. It is likely you will apply a mixed method
approach (systematic literature review as well as quantitative and qualitative methods) to explore:
How population health management in end-of-life care is nationally and locally organised
Why patients, unpaid carers as well as the wider family may choose to engage/ not engage with
planning end-of-life support
How policy and strategic staff, commissioners, clinicians and professionals use data to plan for
and inform end-of-life care and treatment.
If a population health management approach to end-of-life care results in better outcomes for
patients and their families.
Support from St Helena Hospice and the Integrated Care Academy
Working alongside staff in North East Essex, the University of Suffolk (UoS) will provide a
comprehensive programme of supervision, mentoring and training in research methods, ethics and
research conduct. This includes online training sessions, interactive discussions and workshops
throughout the year. Networking opportunities with other PhD and post-doctoral students will be
available, as well as links with external experts from policy and practice.
The supervision team
The supervisors will be Dr Karen Windle (Integrated Care Academy), Dr Karen Chumbley (Clinical
Lead for End of Life care for the North East Essex Health and Wellbeing Alliance), and Professor
Helen Langton (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Suffolk).
Available financial support
Your PhD fees and a yearly stipend at current UKRI rates will be funded by St Helena Hospice. There
are also additional monies to support e.g., equipment, conference attendance, transcription,
publications and travel. The studentship is open to UK candidates only, owing to funding
Applying for the PhD
You can find out more about this PhD on the University of Suffolk website (link below). Alternatively,
please do contact Dr Karen Windle (link below)
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