Funded PhD opportunity (Aberystwyth University)

Author Helen Mthiyane
Posted 2020.05.28

A person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery

Frailty is a health status that increases the risk and impact of adverse events and makes individuals more vulnerable to quick and sudden declines in functional ability, hospitalisation and death. The importance of frailty is increasingly recognized, and although frailty is not currently a clinical diagnosis, it seems likely to become one in the next 10 years. 

The PhD student is to support development and evaluation of a person-centred frailty monitoring and management pathway for older adults in a rural GP surgery, similar to current practice for obesity and diabetes management. Firstly, appropriate biomarkers of frailty (urine, blood, physical assessments, cognitive assessments, etc.) will be established. Secondly, its feasibility for implementation in a rural GP surgery will be determined. Finally, the feasibility of personalised interventions to prevent and reverse frailty will be evaluated in a rural GP surgery. 

The PhD student will be supervised by members of the Well-being and health Assessment Research Unit (www.waru.org.uk), who work jointly with local GP surgeries in Ceredigion, MidWales, United Kingdom. The supervision team is well placed to provide the PhD student with experiences of working in academia alongside the practical experience of doing primary care based research.

Candidates for the PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities in a relevant discipline. They must demonstrate outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree with distinction (or equivalent). 

Those awarded a Margaret Wooloff Scholarship will receive a grant for up to three years which will cover their tuition fees up to the UK/EU rate of £4,407 per annum (2019/2020 rate).  A maintenance allowance of approximately £15,009 per annum and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum) will also be provided. Scholarships commence in September 2020.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2020.  Please contact Dr Marco Arkesteijn via maa36@aber.ac.uk initially for more information and how to apply.