PhD Studentship at UCL: Improving the governance of medication safety

UCL Department of Applied Health Research
Duration of Studentship: 3 years
Stipend: £22,278 per annum
Vacancy Information

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North Thames is now recruiting to its 2014 PhD studentships. NIHR CLAHRC North Thames is one of 13 CLAHRCs across England which have been funded to  conduct high quality applied health research, focused on the needs of patients and the public to produce a direct impact on health and the way that health care/public health is organised and delivered. This PhD is funded by the Health Foundation 

Research Summary: This PhD builds on UCL research undertaken on governance processes of medication safety in acute hospitals and professional engagement with these processes. This research will analyse how specific medication safety cultures develop in a variety of clinical contexts based on differences in professional culture (e.g. among doctors, nursing staff, and pharmacists). Service areas with different theorised attitudes toward medication safety may also be compared, such as surgery and general medicine.  The PhD study may include developing and piloting an intervention for tackling these boundaries. 

Methods to be used: Systematically narrative review of the literature from different disciplines/perspectives; Ethnographic methods, which involve spending an extended period of time in different, contrasting, clinical settings to acquire a detailed understanding of the ‘safety culture’. Ethnography in each setting will draw on non-participant observations, formal and informal interviews, and documentary analysis. 

Supervisors: Professor Naomi Fulop, UCL, Professor Martin Marshall, UCL, Dr Simon Turner, UCL, Dr Angus Ramsay, UCL, 

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