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PhD Studentship at The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham, UK has an opening PhD position in psychology. Applicants should apply before October 31, 2018.

Funding status:National Institute for health Research. Tax-free stipend of 15,000 per annum. All fees paid. Only available as a full time studentship.

Project title:Behaviour modelling of the promotion and uptake of tinnitus self-management in primary care settings

People with long term or chronic medical conditions generally benefit from changing their behaviour to become more effective self-managers. However, it is estimated that 25-50% of such patients have problems following clinical recommendations. In the case of chronic tinnitus (the phantom experience of hearing sounds in the ears or head that are not associated with an external sound source), the General Practitioner (GP) consultation is a key step in the patient's journey. Commissioning guidelines advocate the promotion of tinnitus self-management and most commonly used guides to tinnitus for GPs suggests they should be promoting tinnitus self-management options. We know that in general this is not happening, or at least that patients do not recognise self-management advice as part of what the GP offers them.

The objective of this PhD is to model patient and primary care staff behaviour with respect to self-management of tinnitus. Specifically, the student will ask what are the behavioural barriers to the discussion and planning (e.g. between GP and patient), and uptake of self-management by patients as a credible and acceptable management option. Thus, the behaviours of interest are the primary care staff initiation of discussion and planning self-management with those patients who will not be referred onwards to secondary care, and the patient's appreciation of self-management as a credible management option and engagement with tinnitus self-management techniques.

A literature review and prospective data collection through primary care staff survey and/or interviews, patient focus groups, and video/audio observations of patient consultations will be used to populate a model of the behaviour.

This PhD project brings together tinnitus, primary care, and health psychology. The successful applicant will join a large and vibrant research group and benefit from strong supervisory and peer support.

You should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in psychology, audiology or other relevant scientific discipline. Research experience in psychology or audiology will be of advantage. You will have excellent communication and team-working skills, be self-driven and highly motivated. You should also be eligible to apply for relevant research clearances that will be required including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Applications should include a CV and covering letter including the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addressed of two referees including at least one academic referee. Application should be sent to derek.hoare@nottingham.ac.uk

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Derek Hoare, tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2630 or email: Derek.hoare@nottingham.ac.uk


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