Posted on: 4 April, 2019
Application deadline: May 20, 2019

Funded PhD Opportunity: Exploring socio-economic and geographic variation in care pathways and their resulting health and economic outcomes, University of Liverpool, UK

Funded PhD Opportunity: Exploring socio-economic and geographic variation in care pathways and their resulting health and economic outcomes

Application deadline: Monday 20th May

Research project:

In an era of austerity and widening health inequalities, the effective targeting and uptake of services is essential to minimise additional cost and care burdens in health and social care. This is particularly pertinent to older populations who, with population ageing, place increasing demand on already strained services. This project will identify differences in patient pathways within statutory and community care for older adults, both in terms of their trajectory through care and how these trajectories produce different health and economic outcomes. It will then examine the socio-economic and geographic determinants of these contrasting pathways. The key output for this research will be the development of a predictive algorithm using machine learning techniques to predict the optimal pathway for individuals to take through the healthcare system, and thereby identify possible routes that will minimise negative outcomes and help to personalise care. Public involvement will form an important part of this project, by having a former patient of an older people community service on the project team, and by engaging existing older adult public support groups and services (e.g. Age UK) throughout the project. In addition to having the public voice included, this project will also benefit from a multi-disciplinary academic and clinical supervisory team, with existing links to external organisations, including relevant NHS Trusts, CCGs, and third sector organisations.

For more information, contact the supervisors:

About the Doctoral Training Network:

In an era when people are living longer, but not necessarily healthier lives, the great challenges facing modern healthcare require large-scale solutions. The University of Liverpool Doctoral Network in Technologies for Healthy Ageing is training the next generation of physical scientists and engineers to develop novel technologies and devices to address the challenges faced by older people and our clinical colleagues who work with them. It is structured around three healthy ageing challenges; prolonging independence, maintaining wellness and accelerating recovery. All students will undertake a specific training programme in conjunction with their research project. A range of training modules have been designed to provide the student cohort with the high levels of scientific knowledge and engineering expertise needed for research and development of devices and technologies appropriate for the Healthy Ageing agenda. Through this approach our students will learn skills that will provide them with a unique advantage to develop technologies appropriate for this community and significantly enhance their employability in this emerging field.


Studentships will be funded for 3.5 years covering the home fees and typical Research Council stipend. Research Council Doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees for 2019

  • National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2019/20 is £15,009
  • Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2019/20 is £4,327

To apply: Please apply by sending CV and letter of application to Ms Diane Ashton: by Monday 20th May