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Living with MMB and Dementia


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

Wednesday 23 January 2019

About this project

Dementia rarely travels alone; 80% of people living with dementia (PLwD) have another long-term condition. Just as the presence of other health conditions will affect the progression and management of dementia, the presence of dementia is likely to complicate the progression and management of other conditions.

On an individual level, this can relate to the complexity of medication regimes, and accessing person centred care that responds to a person’s needs in respect of dementia, in addition to their needs relating to other health conditions, taking into account, in particular, the ways that these may interact.

The aim of this research is to explore the ways in which having dementia impacts on clinical care for other conditions, the process of care and the experience of navigating different services. Research will take a dyadic approach in recognition that relationships underlie wellbeing in dementia and both members of the dyad are likely to support each other. The research will address the following questions

  • How do people with dementia and their family carers experience living with and managing multiple health conditions? Do they experience, or perceive, a ‘hierarchy’ among their conditions?
  • What are the factors that they perceive enable them to live well with multimorbidity?
  • How do they work to ensure the management of complex medication regimes and navigate multiple health care pathways and services?
  • How do health services work to support people living with dementia and other conditions and what supports PLwD and their families to live well?

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Full-time UK/EU and International PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£14,777 in 2018/19) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Entry requirements

Applicants for all projects should have a 1st class undergraduate degree and Masters level qualification in health, social work or a social science discipline, together with relevant research experience. A 2:1 may be considered, if combined with relevant experience.

Applicants will be required to submit a research proposal (approx. 1500-2000 words) with their application. Within each scholarship there is scope to develop the project in accordance with an individual applicant’s disciplinary interests and experience.

Interviews will be held between 7 and 27 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

Studentships will start on 16 September 2019.

Interested applicants should contact Professor Liz Walker (Project Lead) for additional details.