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Kess2 East PhD in Public Health Patient Safety in Eye Care

Cardiff University, UK has an opening PhD position in public health. This position is closed on July 08, 2019.

This PhD scholarship represents an opportunity to train to become a Public Health academic.

The outcome of this collaborative project on eye-related patient safety will be to create a new set of recommendations for safety reporting for optometrists. The student will also gain the practical experience of working in partnership with the professional bodyOptometry Wales.

Eye-related patient safety is under-reported in the academic literature and underrepresented in health-related policy. Yet, internationally, public health bodies have highlighted the critical importance of addressing unsafe care of patients with eye health problems and the necessity to improve the quality of health care by learning from previous errors.

The England and Wales National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS) is the largest database of patient safety incidents in the world, containing ~15 million reports from NHS healthcare providers in England and Wales. The nature and severity of eye-related safety incidents reported through the NRLS is currently unknown.

This fully-funded PhD studentship aims to characterise the nature of eye-related patient safety incidents reported to the NRLS and to explore the perspectives of optometrists and health authority representatives regarding patient safety incident reporting.

Initially, the PhD will involve literature reviewing and critical appraisal of current evidence, followed by mixed methods analysis of patient safety reports. It will also include qualitative interviewing of eye care clinicians and health authority representatives and large-scale surveying of eye care clinicians.

In this project you will join a multi-disciplinary research team that represents a collaboration between the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and the School of Medicine. The ideal candidate will have a background in healthcare, psychology, public health or another relevant area.

You will also spend time at the external partnership organisation, Optometry Wales, in order to gain insight to the profession, observe activities such as negotiation meetings with the Welsh Government, and receive training into how research findings can translate to policy change.

The external partner for this project is Optometry Wales.

Prof Rachel North, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, will act as the external partner supervisor on the basis of her role as Council Member at Optometry Wales.


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