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A pilot, feasibility study of prehabilitation for patients undergoing surgery for critical limb ischaemia

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About this project

This is a mixed methods (including systemic literature review) PhD project on prehabilitation prior to surgery in patients with critical lower limb ischaemia (CLI). CLI results in continuous pain and / or tissue loss (gangrene). The incidence of CLI is approximately 500 / million population / year. Approximately 75% of CLI patients undergo intervention (revascularisation or amputation) but given the high incidence of co-morbidities (smoking, heart disease, diabetes, renal failure etc) the incidence of post operative complications and mortality is relatively high. We have demonstrated that a preoperative exercise programme improve outcome in other atherosclerotic disease1. Patients with CLI are often in pain and frequently have severely impaired mobility. We aim to assess whether a pre-operative, predominantly upper limb, exercise programme is feasible, acceptable & efficacious in CLI patients. Outcomes will include recruitment & exercise programme completion rates, pain scores, quality of life analysis, markers of endothelial and platelet dysfunction & cardiorespiratory fitness, and post operative morbidity and mortality. The student would be responsible for obtaining approvals, recruitment, intervention and follow up.

This project is suitable for a student with quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health / biomedical sciences – including allied health, sports science etc). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and gain experience with standard patient-reported outcome measures and clinical trials. 

Supervisors

Supervisor 1. Prof Ian Chetter, Academic Vascular Surgical Unit, Ian.Chetter@hey.nhs.uk

Co-supervisor 1. Mr George Smith, NIHR ACL, Academic Vascular Surgicial Unit, George.Smith@hey.nhs.uk

Co-Supervisor 2. Prof Lee Ingle, Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, l.ingle@hull.ac.uk

Next steps

Funding

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 quantitative skills (e.g. has degree in the health / biomedical sciences – including allied health, sports science etc). The PhD will provide the opportunity for the student to expand quantitative skills and gain experience with standard patient-reported outcome measures and clinical trials. 

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.