Funded PhD studentship: Implementing evidence based care in stroke rehabilitation * Now closed *

An ethnographic study of therapeutic activity and quality standards

Applications are invited from suitably qualified students for a funded three-year full-time PhD studentship starting April 2013. The application deadline is 5pm Friday, 11 January 2013.

Project title: Implementing evidence based care in stroke rehabilitation: an ethnographic study of therapeutic activity and quality standards

Project description: Stroke remains a major cause of mortality and disability worldwide. Around 70% of those who survive a stroke require one or more rehabilitation therapies. There are wide variations in the provision of stroke rehabilitation, in terms of quantity of therapies provided and therapeutic activities undertaken. These variations are unexplained. The evidence base for rehabilitation after stroke is emerging but even where there are agreed quality standards, adherence to these is sub-optimal as well as variable.

This PhD studentship investigates professional and structural factors which might help explain differences in provision of therapies. An ethnographic study will be conducted in 3 hospitals, with different levels of quality of care, as assessed by adherence to the “45 minutes of therapy” quality standard. Findings will help refine concepts of therapeutic activity.

The PhD will be jointly supervised by Dr Christopher McKevitt, King’s College London and Dr Fiona Jones, St George’s, University of London. The PhD student will be based in the Division of Health & Social Care Research, King’s College London, which has an international profile in interdisciplinary research aimed at improving the health and well-being of the population. Co-supervision will be provided from Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education where there is a particular strength in innovative methods to improve stroke rehabilitation and self management.

The award holder will have access to wide range of training and personal development courses offered by the King’s College London Graduate School and the King’s Institute of Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre.

Research division: Health & Social Care Research

First supervisor: Dr Christopher McKevitt (Kings College London)

Second supervisor: Dr Fiona Jones (St George’s, University of London)

Sponsor: Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation

Duration of funding: 3 years

Study mode: Full time

Eligibility: Home/EU. Students must have a first degree (minimum 2:1) and a relevant Master’s degree. A clinical background (eg physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, nursing) might be useful. Some prior training or experience in social research methods is essential.

Stipend: £15,740 per year, plus home tuition fees

Start date: April 2013

Application closing date: 5pm Friday, 11 January 2013

Application details: To apply, please email the following

Please include:

  • Full CV, including class/grade for your undergraduate and masters level degrees, details of any research project(s) in which you have been involved and publications, plus the name and contact details of two academic referees.
  • Supporting statement explaining why you are applying for this PhD, how your skills and experience relate to this area and your career objectives

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