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Health Research – Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentship

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North-West of England and home of the new Edge Hill University Medical School.  We are proud of our reputation for supporting and nurturing collaborative research that matters to people and influences and shapes healthcare across the region, nationally and internationally. Our research portfolio ranges from clinical topics to education, big data, artificial intelligence and innovative healthcare solutions, with 71% of our research rated as internationally excellent or world leading in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. The Faculty is also home to the Health Research Institute that provides a focal point for collaborative research across health-related disciplines in the university and partnerships with health-related organisations, such as NHS trusts.

Research in the Faculty includes the following clusters and we particularly welcome applications in these areas:

  • prevention and management of conditions in adults,
  • clinical education and
  • children, young people and families.

Further information about research interests of individual staff in the Faculty can be found in the research repository. We have a team of experienced supervisors and welcome applicants who wish to join our thriving community of postgraduate researchers. In the first instance please discuss potential proposals with the named academic for each project. For more general questions please contact our Postgraduate Research led Professor Lucy Bray ([email protected]).

Research clusters and centres

Children, young people and families

The research within this research cluster is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary and focuses on understanding and improving the lives of children, young people, pregnant women and families. We work across various sectors including social care, health and education and we aim to influence practice, policy, and public engagement. Our work is regional, national and international in its context and reach.

Children, Young People and Families

Bringing in all who count – exploring the support available for families with neurodiverse young people who self-harm.

Self-harm by young people who are neurodiverse has major impacts on families. This study aims to explore the quality of support available for families who are connected to neurodiverse young people who self-harm.

Contact; Dr Michael Richards

Comparing outcomes for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in South East Asia

Health outcomes and impact of ‘intermediate’ care (multiple daily insulin regimen) compared to ‘minimal’ care (twice daily insulin regimen) in 4 low-middle income countries in Southeast Asia- Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand – a mixed model study.

Contact; Professor Axel Kaehne

Mind the gap: making practice evidence based and de-adopting ineffective practices in critical care.

Increasing responsibilities and new tasks (or processes based on new evidence) are introduced each year into healthcare practice each year. Many of these responsibilities fall upon nurses. However, rarely, are old ineffective practices reviewed and de-implemented. This is very prominent in the field of critical care.  This proposed project would explore the de-adoption of non-evidence based or ineffective practices in critical care, identifying the barriers and facilitators to de-adoption.

Contact; Professor Lyvonne Tume

Clinical Education Research Group

The Clinical Education Research Group is a multi-professional group of researchers with expertise in education research across medicine, nursing and allied health professions. 

Clinical Education Research Group

Implementation and evaluation of an integrated ‘learning to learn programme’ for nursing students

The project will evaluate a ‘learning to learn programme’. Aiming to enhance transition to higher education of nursing students’, maximising a sense of belonging to their programme, students and profession to improve engagement, student experience and retention.

Contact; Professor Debbie Roberts

Enhancing the academic and personal flourishing of widening participation learners in medicine

This educational research design-based project will identify the variety of factors that enable and constrain the academic and personal flourishing of widening participation learners in medicine and to co-create a comprehensive set of recommendations for future practice, policy and research.

Contact; Dr Peter Leadbetter

Pedagogic Advancement of Non-traditional Placements

The NHS Workforce Plan (2023) outlined the need for education to fully prepare students work within an integrated context. There is a need to expand placement provision for all students and understand the experiences, challenges and enablers. This research will support our learning about the effectiveness of pedagogies used to support placement expansion that are used to develop integrated service delivery.

Contact; Dr Michelle Howarth

Edge Hill Primary and Integrated Care research centre (EPIC)

The EPIC Research Centre aims to identify key priorities and challenges in primary and integrated care that require further research, alongside internal and external colleagues. We are striving towards attracting clinical academic and primary and integrated care scientists and supporting them on their career journey.


Integrated practitioner (IP) roles within stroke services: An exploratory study

Following the publication of the National Stroke Service Model (NHS England, 2021), this study will explore integrated practitioner roles within specific points along the stroke care pathway e.g., urgent care, rehabilitation, and long-term support.

Contact; Dr Kate Knighting

Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing (RCAW)

The aim of the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing is to engage in purposeful interdisciplinary research with people across their life span in creative ways, that are participatory, ethical and of demonstrable value. The centre draws expertise from across faculties, championing interdisciplinary research.  It has three main strands: (i) research on performance, (ii) community/workplace projects and (iii) clinical research.

An exploration of cultural considerations in arts therapies practice when working with migrant communities

This study will explore the importance of cultural diversity in arts therapies (visual arts, dance movement, drama and music therapy) when working with migrant communities, identifying both current practice and proposing new ways of working with communities that are often under-represented, promote healing and resilience to wider client population.

Contact; Professor Vicky Karkou

Cardio-Respiratory Research Centre

The Cardio-Respiratory Research Centre brings together multiple relevant scientific and clinical disciplines in order to undertake high quality cardiorespiratory research leading to solutions in current unmet clinical needs. 

Management and long-term Outcomes of New onset Atrial Fibrillation in the setting of concurrent acute illness. A role for greater lifestyle interventions?

Atrial fibrillation is the commonest heart rhythm disturbance in the general population and it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality including stroke. New onset AF is often discovered in the setting of concomitant illness such as sepsis and surgery and in patients with comorbidities. We seek to determine if these patients long term outcomes are influenced by current management and if there is a greater role for lifestyle interventions.

Contact; Professor Gershan Davis