Multimorbidity PhD programme for Health Professionals
The Clinical PhD Research Fellowships are fixed term 3 year appointments
offering training, mentoring and support to health professionals undertaking a
PhD on the topic of multimorbidity. The posts will be based in the University
of Glasgow, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, and University of
St Andrews. Our aim is to develop the next generation of leaders in
multimorbidity research who are both excellent in their core disciplines and
skilled in working widely across disciplines and sectors. The core degree is a
cohort‐based 3‐year PhD.
We include health care professionals from the following professions;
Allied Health Professions (e.g. Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy,
Medical applicants are welcome from ALL medical and surgical specialties
(including General Practice) and will be doctors in training (holding a
National Training Number). Applications are also welcome from General
Practitioners who have completed their training (post-CCT) and are within
the first 4 years post-CCT (full-time equivalent i.e. accounting for part-
time working). Dentists with a NTN, currently in ST 1-5 are also eligible to
apply. Doctors and dentists who are still in training will need to gain
permission for time out of training from their Postgraduate Dean. Clinical
work during the PhD will be limited to half to one day per week.
Applicants from other clinical disciplines must have completed all of their
professional training and have a minimum of 2 years clinical training or
For all applicants, we will be looking for candidates with evidence of
research activity before application (for example, as an undergraduate; by
completion of a relevant Master's degree or other post-graduate qualification;
or by participating in research including writing papers) or other relevant
activity (for example, working in policy or management). All applicants must
be registered with their appropriate discipline specific professional body
within the UK (e.g. General Medical Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council
Nursing & Midwifery Council) and be licensed to practice in the UK.
Applicants would benefit from holding an intercalated BSc or research Masters
degree or an equivalent postgraduate research related qualification in an area
of clinical relevance.
During the term of the post, the successful candidate is expected to undertake
• During PhD training, trainees will devote 80-90% of their time on their
• Clinical activity and training during the PhD will be a maximum of half to
one day per week as appropriate.
• Progress reviews will be undertaken by the Programme Coordinating Committee
one month before starting the PhD, then at 3 months and annually thereafter
• In the final PhD year, post-doctoral career plans will be reviewed. Advice
on ‘re-entry' to clinical training/work and support for career development
will be provided by the clinical mentor, programme directors and Postgraduate
Medically or dental qualified PhD Fellows with an NTN will return to their
original Deanery to complete their post-doctoral clinical training where
appropriate. We will support other health professionals to similarly return to
Progress of individuals is subject to satisfactory review by their supervisors
and the Programme directors, who will assess whether Fellows are meeting the
expected milestones of academic progress (in addition to the standard
requirements of each University).
Knowledge Skills and Experience
Attribute, Education Qualifications & Training
A1 Medically-qualified applicants can be from any speciality, including
General Practice. Specialist applicants will be doctors in training (holding
an NTN). GP applicants will either be doctors in training (holding an NTN)
or have completed their training (post-CCT) and usually be within the first
4 years (FTE) post-CCT.
A2 Applicants from other clinical disciplines must have completed their
professional training and have at least two years subsequent clinical
A3 Candidates for all posts must be fully registered with their appropriate UK
professional regulatory body (e.g., GMC for doctors; Nursing & Midwifery
Council (NMC) for nurses, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
for allied health professionals, clinical psychologists with, pharmacists with
the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Dentists with the General
Dental Council (GDC).
B1 Evidence of distinction in career to date, e.g. prizes, awards, bursaries.
B2 Introductory research experience at BSc or MSc undergraduate research
project, postgraduate research or equivalent postgraduate research-oriented
qualification with high attainment
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
C1 Aspiring to have a clinical academic career of a standard likely to be
successful in obtaining a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in future national
open competition where appropriate
C2 Understanding of the research process through formal learning or
involvement in delivering clinical research
C3 We are seeking individuals with the capacity for innovative and original
thinking, who are motivated to deliver rigorous and high quality academic work
C4 Able to work in multidisciplinary teams
C5 Ability to exercise a high degree of personal initiative in organising own
work, and work to tight deadlines calmly and efficiently
C6 Good communication skills
D1 Ability to deliver research that can be published in leading academic
D2 Successful record of conference presentations.
D3 Proactive and efficient administrative ability.
D4 Experience in undergraduate teaching or postgraduate teaching.
D5 Evidence of research publications or experience of writing.
D6 Previous training or experience of designing or conducting research and
D7 Approachable manner
D8 Research Experience
The Multimorbidity PhD Programme for Health Professionals is designed to:
Recruit and retain the best aspiring clinical academics
Allow a balance of academic and clinical training
Equip trainees with the range of knowledge and skills required to compete as
independent investigators in the modern area of research in the sphere of
The Director of the Multimorbidity PhD Programme for Health Professionals is
Professor Frances Mair, and the Co-Directors are Professor Bruce Guthrie,
Professor Ewan Pearson and Professor Colin McCowan. All have extensive
experience in mentoring clinical academic trainees. The Deputy Director at the
University of Glasgow is Dr Lisa Kidd.
Health & Safety Requirements for the role
Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
This post is subject to registration with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups
scheme, for regulated work with children and/or vulnerable adults as
appropriate. Employment in this post is conditional on the successful post
holder being able to obtain/holding PVG scheme membership. The successful
candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been
confirmed. Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will
not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non-relevant offending
background. If you require further information on the PVG scheme please visit:
Terms and conditions
Whilst in this post you will be subject to the host University's own terms and
conditions of employment. Salary placement will be dictated by your current
NHS pay progression arrangements.
NHS Honorary Contract
If appropriate, an Honorary NHS contract will be sought for the successful
post-holder at their current grade within the NHS. All applicants must be
eligible to hold an honorary contract in Scotland and must also be registered
with an appropriate regulatory body.
It should be noted that the offer of appointment is subject to Occupational
Health clearance prior to commencement of duty.
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Terms and Conditions
Salary will be on the CAT-I Clinical Lectureships/PhD Fellowships (Medical,
Surgical & General Practice) ACN2 scale for pre-CCT trainees (£37,057 -
£54,879), and GP salaries dependent upon career stage.
A clinical salary, which will be negotiated after appointment in line with the
‘UK clinical academic training in medicine and dentistry: principles and
obligations' document. for staff on a pay scale other than clinical salary
will be commensurate with your existing NHS salary.
This post is full time and has funding for 3 years.
New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period
of 6 months.
The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities'
Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available
from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions
relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.
Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.
All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical
trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to
be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and
financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.
It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate,
which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and
flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the
organisation in promoting gender equality.
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Closing Date: 10 January 2022
Vacancy Ref : 072867 Close Date : 10-Jan-2022 23:45