A qualitative study of the changing face of primary care: impact on management of symptoms among those with long-term conditions, multi-morbidity and frailty

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About this project

Primary care is changing rapidly, with increased focus of public health/prevention, monitoring of long term conditions, and growing integration (of varying success) with the acute sector. This is occurring at a time of major demographic change, with rapidly rising numbers of older people, and prolonged time living with long term conditions. Resources (especially for social care) are severely constrained. These and other factors are profoundly influencing the nature and quality of primary care; yet it is within primary and community care that most of these challenges need to be met. This PhD will explore the changing nature of primary care through qualitative study; seeking to provide deeper understanding of how explicit and tacit knowledge of symptom management and related interventions (from whatever source) can best be implemented.

This project is suitable for a student with experience in qualitative research and a degree in health, social science or psychology. The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to become expert in the application of social science methods in health care.  They will have the opportunity to become expert in evidence synthesis and qualitative methods in particular as well as developing their quantitative skills. 


Supervisor 1: Professor Una Macleod,

Co-supervisor: Dr Julie Seymour,

Next steps


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,121 in 2016/17) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

This project is suitable for a student with experience in qualitative research and a degree in health, social science or psychology. 

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 8th May 2017 at the latest.



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How to apply

Applications should be made through the HYMS web site stating the project title and supervisor’s name.

Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Research options:

PhD: 4 years (full-time)

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.