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PhD Fellowship in Health Sciences at Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is delighted to offer PhD scholarship in health sciences. Citizens of any country are eligible to apply. Applicants should apply before February 09, 2015.

The Centre for Sport, Health and Exercise Research (CSHER) at Staffordshire University, in partnership with Suk e-on-Trent Public Health, Staffordshire Public Health, and Public Health England, is offering a three-year, full-time PhD studentship. The PhD will centre on NHS Health Checks including use of different invitation methods and risk communication to improve uptake in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

NHS Health Check is a national population-based screening programme designed to identify and manage cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in adults aged 40-74 years. Uptake of Health Checks, in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and nationally, continues to fall short of targets, making improvements in uptake a priority, locally and nationally. The successful candidate will be involved in a trial designed to test invitation methods and risk communication to promote uptake of Health Check in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire University. This will form the basis from which their doctoral programme will develop.

Application Requirements
The successful candidate should have a first degree and a Masters degree in a relevant subject (for example, linked to Health Psychology, behavior change, health promotion). The candidate would also be expected to undertake some teaching (up to 6 hours a week) during semester time.

How to apply?
Please send the following to Dr Christopher Gidlow (c.gidlow@staffs.ac.uk):.
- Up-to-date CV.
- Covering letter/supporting statement outlining why you wish to undertake a PhD, your ability to work independently at doctoral level and any experiences you consider relevant to the application.
- Two referees who may be contacted post-interview (if not provided on CV).

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