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PhD Studentship

Exploring the deployment of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner Role across the Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System focusing on Clinical Service Delivery within an integrated care model.

This study is a collaboration between the University and East Suffolk and North East Essex Foundation Trust. There are four work streams attached to this programme of work which includes a full time PhD studentship which will explore the barriers and enablers to the implementation of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role.

Project Aim:

To explore, how the role of ACP has been deployed across ESNEFT and the wider integrated care system, as well as understanding the experiences of individual ACPs and their impact on care delivery.


This PhD will use mixed methods to explore, the barriers and enablers to the implementation of advanced practice delivered by ACPs across an integrated care system. The exploration of barriers and enablers to the implementation of advanced practices in the integrated care system will use a variety of measures to explore this phenomenon. One of the measures used will include #PsychMapping theory and exploratory techniques developed at the University of Suffolk. Accordingly, the candidate will receive specific training and practice to be able to collect data in semi-structured interviews and focus group sessions according to a holistic model of psychological realities that includes people's environmental influences, personal characteristics and self-regulation abilities.

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will need to be passionate about systems working and innovated practice within a clinical health environment.   

The successful candidate will also need to be committed to working sensitively and be able to demonstrate creative problem-solving abilities. They will also need a good understanding of safeguarding, ethics and quality assurance in research and a willingness to develop this throughout the PhD. The successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish. 

Please refer to the full job description below for further details on the project and funding or for informal enquires please email Noreen Cushen-Brester.

Deadline for applications:  Friday November 25th 2022

Interview date: December 6th

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship candidates should prepare a PhD proposal detailing what aims they would focus on and the approaches they intend to use.  It is recognised that the focus of the PhD may change as the candidate moves through the PhD process.

Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have either; a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK; or an acceptable equivalent qualification; or experience in the field and a master’s degree in health science.

For all applicants a master’s degree would be an advantage, as would previous research and/or professional experience of working within a health or social care environment.

Applicants should send the following supporting documents with your application:

  1. A PhD proposal detailing the aims you would focus on and the approaches you intend to use.
  2.  A personal statement about why you want to do this PhD
  3.  2 referees, one of whom must be an academic
  4.  CV
  5. Copy of degree certificates & transcripts of your university-level studies to date
  6. Scan of your passport photo page

Please send your application to

After submitting your application, if you have not heard from us before the interview date shown, please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview.

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