PhD studentship available at Queen Mary University of London

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Navigating systems of care and their intersections in the context of multimorbidity: a qualitative study of working-age adults

Closing Date: 30th September 2020

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship with Prof Deborah Swinglehurst, Dr Nina Fudge and Prof Stephanie Taylor at Queen Mary University of London. The successful applicant will join theAPOLLO-MM project team ( and develop an independent project to study the lived experience of working-age adults who are affected by multiple medical conditions, with a particular focus on patients with co-existing physical and mental health problems.

The student will adopt a range of qualitative methods to conduct an in-depth, longitudinal ethnographic study focusing on the lives, experiences and practices of patients living with multimorbidity in east London. The student will follow these patients over a period of 12-15 months, exploring their experiences as they navigate the home, workplace, and health care, social care and welfare systems and their intersections, exploring what self-management means in this context. We will work with the successful candidate to refine the specific focus of sociological enquiry, guided by their interests and experience.

Aside from academic outputs the successful candidate will be encouraged to apply for a public engagement grant to support the development of creative patient/public resources to improve the care of patients with complex needs.

Applications are especially welcome from candidates with an interest in and/or experience of working with disadvantaged communities and minority ethnic communities. Knowledge of and fluency in relevant local languages (e.g. Bengali/ Sylheti) would be desirable but is not essential.

For more information follow this link on FindaPhD

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