Postgraduate funded opportunities

Project details

Quality improvement and patient safety in primary care: evaluating the role(s) of patient and practice level data in delivering person-centred care

For informal inquiries, please contact:

Dr Liz Mitchell (

Professor Joanne Reeve (

Location and research culture

The student will join a dedicated team of clinicians and academics in the Hull York Medical School Academy of Primary Care, which exists to champion and cultivate the scholarly expertise that is essential to the redesign and delivery of the highest standards of primary care. The Academy delivers its goals through five work streams: Cancer and Palliative Care, Quality and Safety, Primary Care Redesign on Generalist Principle, Workforce, and Education.

This cross-cutting PhD will contribute to those work streams and provide the post-holder with support and training to undertake rigorous, theoretically driven primary care research. It offers the opportunity to make a distinct contribution to supporting the development and delivery of policy and practice for 21st century healthcare needs, and the successful applicant will be supported to ensure that their research informs and impacts this, both locally and nationally. Full-time or part-time applications will be considered, although full-time is preferred.

Hull York Medical School’s unique partnership brings together the expertise of both the Universities of Hull and York and offers a thriving environment in which to conduct world-leading research. Strong partnerships with NHS Trusts and community health organisations offer a wide clinical base within which to study those conditions which most affect our communities – improving their health while developing research work that can be applied nationally and globally.

The School’s academic and clinical researchers at have a strong reputation for their work, 85% of which is classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014). Their research is advancing improvements in healthcare – treatment, diagnosis and care – improving the health of people locally and impacting national and international health agendas in areas such as cancer research, palliative medicine, mental health and global public health.

The student will be based in the new Allam Medical Building with excellent facilities, and at the heart of the University of Hull’s £28 million health campus.

Named academic

Dr Liz Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Primary Care Research (


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) 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.

Qualification required

In order to qualify for this scholarship, you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of research related to aspects of primary care practice, as well as an awareness of the challenges involved in quality improvement and patient safety.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted to the Hull York Medical School Postgraduate Centre via the online application method, selecting 2018 October, and the relevant period of study.

Applicants should submit a 500-word proposal outlining the project that they would undertake within the given topic area. This should include the rationale, scope and intended impact of their research. Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Liz Mitchell for an informal discussion in advance of submitting an application.

Please quote Hull York Medical School with the scholarship title when applying. In order for the Panel to get a sense of your academic background, commitment and interest, you are required to complete the application form in full and provide a research proposal/outline of your potential study. Research proposals and personal statements may be used in selecting applicants for interview.  If you have any queries on how to apply please email

Please note that this is a student scholarship. If you will be employed by Hull York Medical School (e.g. on a fixed or short term contract) for the duration of your study, you will not be eligible to receive the student scholarship as a member of Hull York Medical School staff. You should contact Elaine Brookes ( in Postgraduate Admissions if you still wish to apply to discuss different options.

Interview date

Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be sent details of the date, time and venue via email within a week of the deadline. If you are not invited for interview, it means that your application has not been successful. Please note that we do not offer feedback to applicants who are not invited to interview.

Interview outcome

As soon as is reasonably practicable after interviews have taken place, Hull York Medical School will write to the successful applicant offering him/her the post. Upon receipt of formal written acceptance of the post we will write to notify unsuccessful candidates. Whilst we try to do this in as effective and efficient manner as possible, sometimes the process can take longer than is ideal because of the need to recall candidates for a second interview and reconvene interview panels and/or due to routine disruptions caused by leave and other absences. We apologise for any delay and inconvenience caused in these circumstances.