[visionlist] Public Health/Vision Science/Healthcare PhD Opportunity

Angharad Hobby HobbyAE2 at cardiff.ac.uk
Thu Aug 22 10:03:03 -04 2019

Dear Members,

I'd like to introduce an opportunity we have at Cardiff University. It's a really exciting full time PhD project that would mean relocation to the compact but lively city of Cardiff or the lovely nearby towns. The deadline for application for this role is Monday 9th September. Please feel free to forward this on to anyone you feel may be interested or drop us an email if you have any questions.


We have a full time PhD scholarship available at Cardiff University with the opportunity to train to become a Public Health academic. This would be suitable for someone with a background in healthcare, psychology, public health or another relevant area

This collaborative project between the Schools of Medicine and Optometry and Vision Science will investigate and identify priority patient safety challenges in eye care and inform recommendations for improvements in services and patient safety reporting by optometrists. The student will also gain the practical experience of working in partnership with the professional body, Optometry Wales<https://www.optometrywales.org.uk/> in order to gain insight to the profession, observe activities such as negotiation meetings with the Welsh Government, and receive training into how research findings can translate to policy change.


The World Health Organization defines healthcare-associated harm as "harm arising from or associated with plans or actions taken during healthcare provision, rather than an underlying disease or injury" and unsafe healthcare is an internationally recognised public health concern.

To improve the quality and safety of care received by the public, policymakers have deployed preventive strategies such as patient safety campaigns and patient safety incident reporting and learning systems to tackle the problem. However, these preventive efforts and related research and development have predominantly focused on medical specialties and in-hospital settings.

The nature and severity of eye-related safety incidents is currently unknown as eye-related patient safety is under-reported in the academic literature and underrepresented in health-related policy. Yet, internationally, public health bodies have highlighted the critical importance of addressing unsafe care of patients with eye health problems and the necessity to improve by learning from previous errors.

Project aims and methods

The PhD offers an ambitious and motivated candidate the opportunity to carry out seminal research in the field of patient safety and eye health improvement. It will involve literature reviewing and critical appraisal of current evidence, mixed methods analysis of patient safety reports, qualitative interviewing of clinicians and health authority representatives, and large-scale surveying of clinicians.


*         to characterise the nature of eye-related patient safety incidents reported

*         to explore the perspectives of optometrists and health authority representatives regarding patient safety incident reporting


Dr Jennifer Acton<https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38241-acton-jennifer>,                                                                                                           Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens<https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/122861-carson-stevens-andrew>,
Senior Admissions Tutor, Lecturer                                                                            Clinical Reader of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

The external partner for this project is Optometry Wales<https://www.optometrywales.org.uk/>. Prof Rachel North<https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/38247-north-rachel>, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, will act as the external partner supervisor on the basis of her role as Council Member at Optometry Wales<https://www.optometrywales.org.uk/>.


Dr Jennifer Acton
Senior Admissions Tutor, Lecturer
ActonJ at cardiff.ac.uk<mailto:ActonJ at cardiff.ac.uk>
+44 (0)29 2087 0203

Link to application; https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding/view/kess2-east-phd-in-public-health-evaluation-of-errors-in-the-delivery-of-care-to-patients-with-eye-related-problems?fbclid=IwAR0yBAh0LGy-fmuGFAKBuliPTn7BwAyEO81OwT2zGa0Gl_9T66XLV_3_p8I

With best wishes,

Angharad Hobby

Angharad Hobby
BSc (Hons) MCOptom AFHEA
Research Associate and Optometrist

School of Optometry & Vision Sciences
Cardiff University
Maindy Road
CF24 4HQ

E-mail: hobbyae2 at cardiff.ac.uk
Angharad Hobby
BSc (Hons) MCOptom AFHEA
Cyswllt Ymchwil a Optometrydd

Yr Ysgol Optometreg a
Gwyddorau'r Golwg
Prifysgol Caerdydd
Heol Maindy
CF24 4HQ

hobbyae2 at cardiff.ac.uk

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