PhD Studentship: Optimising breast cancer follow-up care: a mixed methods study

Three year, full-time PhD Studentship in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University 

Title: Optimising breast cancer follow-up care: a mixed methods study of supported early discharge 

Traditional breast cancer follow-up services where patients attend hospital outpatient clinics for several years offer little, if any, proven clinical benefit. Furthermore as the number of cancer survivors continues to grow they are no longer sustainable. Oxford University Hospitals Trust is introducing a new system of supported early discharge for women with breast cancer. Under this system, women are discharged from hospital six months following the end of primary treatment, following preparation for discharge in a nurse-led appointment, and with a telephone triage system in place for rapid re-access to the hospital if required. However, this new arrangement is very different to the previous system of regular hospital-based follow up for several years. The main aim of this studentship is therefore to 
explore the strengths and limitations of supported early discharge, and to identify the characteristics of women who do well and those who may need greater support. 

The student will join the Department of Clinical Health Care’s research group and will be part of the Community and Health Sciences Doctoral Programme which supports a multi-disciplinary group of PhD students conducting projects in the health field more widely. The Department has good links with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust and the relevant Thames Valley Clinical Networks. Dr Bernadette Lavery, Oxford University Hospital Trusts will act as clinical advisor to this study. Supervisors will include Professor Eila Watson, who has a background in health services research, has a long-standing interest in cancer care research and has published widely in this area, Professor Mary Boulton, a medical sociologist with a specific interest in cancer care and Dr Lavender, a Senior Lecturer in Cancer Care, with a cancer nursing background. 

Only open to UK/EU applicants 

Application deadline: 12th June 2014 

Date of interviews: 30th June 2014 

For further information: or contact Professor Eila Watson or + 44 (0) 1865 482665. 
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