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School of Health and Community Studies

Centre for Dementia Research

The Centre for Dementia Research in the School of Health and Community Studies has a funded PhD studentship.

The PhD studentship will have a bursary of £15,285 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU Fees paid initially for a period of three years funded full time study plus 1 year un funded write-up period. Annual renewal will be subject to satisfactory progress

The closing date for applications is 28 May 2021.



Plus Icon How to Apply

This PhD will be related to the field of Memory Assessment and Diagnosis. Applicants can choose to apply for one of the suggested PhD projects that are described below, or to submit your own qualitative or quantitative PhD proposal within remit of research concerning Memory Assessment Services for Diagnosis or Post-diagnostic Support.

To apply for the dementia-related PhD, please complete the online application form including:

  • A brief CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • Up to 3 sides of A4 with an outline of how you would approach the research project, including background literature, aims, objectives and a research plan using type Arial 12 font. This should include your understanding of the existing research in this area, proposed methodology and methods and consideration of any ethical issues that may arise.
  • Applicants are asked to include at the start of the proposal the research project title.
  • Applicants should use the research project reference (SHC Project1) as the subject in the email subject line when submitting their applications

Applicants can choose to apply for one of the suggested PhD projects or to submit your own qualitative or quantitative PhD proposal within remit of research concerning Memory Assessment Services for Diagnosis or Post-diagnostic Support.

Proposals can be discussed with Dr Sarah Jane Smith (S.J.smith@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) or Professor Claire Surr (c.a.surr@leedsbeckett.ac.uk) from the Centre for Dementia Research.

Selected applicants will be called for interview mid-June (dates TBC).

Download the application form


THE IMPACT OF MEMORY ASSESSMENT SERVICES ON PATIENT EXPERIENCE

Each year around 225,000 will develop dementia; one person every 3 minutes. There are around 330 Memory Assessment Services (MAS) in England, each assessing an average of 1,576 people every year. Receiving a dementia diagnosis is emotionally challenging for people with dementia and their family members/carers because of the uncertainty associated with impact of the diagnosis and lack of curative treatments (Aminzadeh et al, 2007). The way in which the assessment and diagnosis is approached can have a significant impact on the outcomes for the person diagnosed with dementia. The way in which the assessment and diagnosis is approached can have a significant impact on the outcomes for the person diagnosed with dementia. This PhD studentship is interested in understanding how Memory Assessment Services can effectively offer person centred services, whether they are being run face to face or remotely using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology.

The suggested topic is interested on the impact of the way that services are configured and run on patient experience. This project may for example consider:

  1. Practitioners ability to deliver person centred services
  2. The equitability of access to services and patient experience
  3. Patient experiences of post diagnostic support
  4. How patient outcomes are captured

THE IMPACT OF CONDUCTING ASSESSMENT OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT USING VOIP SERVICES

Each year around 225,000 will develop dementia; one person every 3 minutes. There are around 330 Memory Assessment Services (MAS) in England, each assessing an average of 1,576 people every year. Receiving a dementia diagnosis is emotionally challenging for people with dementia and their family members/carers because of the uncertainty associated with impact of the diagnosis and lack of curative treatments (Aminzadeh et al, 2007). The way in which the assessment and diagnosis is approached can have a significant impact on the outcomes for the person diagnosed with dementia. Memory Assessment Services have had to make significant adjustments to the way in which they are run in response to the COVID-19 crises, with some services using VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology.

The suggested topic is interested in the impact of conducting assessment of cognitive impairment using VOIP services, with specific consideration of the reliability and acceptability of cognitive assessment tools that are being used remotely.



Plus Icon FUNDING INFORMATION

  • Successful candidate will have a stipend of £15,285 payable monthly (amount conditional as offered) and exempt from UK Income Tax and National Insurance

Plus Icon START DATE AND INDUCTION

  • The start date of the studentship is 21 October 2021

Plus Icon OVERSEAS STUDENTS

Prospective students from outside of the UK and EU who wish to apply to study at Leeds Beckett University will be required to make up the difference annually between the UK/EU fees to be paid by the University of £14,000 and overseas’ fees of £4,407.

The fee difference must be paid prior to starting. Overseas applicants must refer to the UKVI regulations on studying in the UK and contact researchadmissions@leedsbeckett.ac.uk - telephone: +44 (0)113 812 5385 before submitting.

Plus Icon RESEARCH CULTURE

We expect bursary students to be an integral part of the research culture of the university, contributing to seminars and conferences, perhaps to projects, and generally engaging in the exchange of ideas. Associated with this, all research students undertake a research training programme.