Health Management: Funded Part-time PhD Studentship at Swansea University: Improvement on service for the management and wellbeing of lung cancer patients and their carers

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees
  • 8 December 2017

Swansea University School of Management invites applications for a fees-only, part-time PhD studentship that will carry out research into the improvement on service for the management and wellbeing of lung cancer patients and their carers post-diagnosis.
Start date: January 2018
For people diagnosed with lung cancer (LC), the cognitive appraisals about their cancer are crucial intervention targets to ameliorate the negative effect of the cause of their disease and associated stigma and to reduce psychological distress. Co-morbid anxiety and depression in cancer have been correlated with increased demand on health care services, poorer wellbeing and poorer treatment outcomes. Understanding how patients and their families manage their disease for intervention strategies is instrumental to the NHS for service improvement. Understanding the coping strategies employed by individuals is considered to be at the crux of this challenge. There is a need for research to improve service provision that will develop new intervention strategies to enhance the wellbeing of patients and informal carers at all stages of the LC survival trajectory.
The aim of this studentship is to improve healthcare service management and develop an intervention strategy targeting the point where patients/carers face the most demanding challenges in self-management of care on a physical, social and psychological level. The project will be a collaboration between Hywell Dda University Health Board, School of Management, Department of Psychology (College of Human and Health Science) and the Medical School at Swansea University. The objectives will be:
Determine the most frequently used coping strategies reported by patients with LC and their informal carers and establish whether such strategies differ as a function of age, gender, smoking status, socioeconomic status, LC staging and the presence of co-morbidities. Sub-groups who are at higher risk of psychological distress and may benefit most from the intervention will be identified providing novel data to the health service management;Determine whether perceived stigma and types of attribution influence cognitive and behavioural resources to manage the demands and psychological distress of a LC diagnosis; Propose potential changes to opportunities and services available to LC patients/carers that have a clear impact on helping them maintain a level of wellbeing during a period that is often short lived and thus psychologically demanding;Provide an evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of a coping intervention to the health service based on (1) Patient outcomes (e.g., psychological distress - primary outcome, anxiety, depression, QOL, perceived stigma/attributions) and (2) Informal carer outcomes (e.g., psychological distress, anxiety, depression, QOL).
Applicants can view information of research areas within the School at the following link:


Applicants should have a first class degree in a social sciences subject, preferably psychology and an appropriate Master’s degree, preferably with a substantial research skills element. As specified above, we seek a candidate with a strong interest and/or track record in health management and service provision.
Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


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This is a part-time PhD studentship that only covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees.
There is £1,500 Postgraduate Research Allowance available to use in years 2 and 3 of the PhD.


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