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PhD Training Fellow (Dinwoodie and CS International)

London (Greater) (GB)
£37,332 - £63,152 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance depending on medical training
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Job description

We are pleased to announce two PhD training fellowships available through the BuildPall capacity building programme at the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London. We welcome applications from candidates with a healthcare background, including doctors, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and pharmacists. These fellowships, spanning three years, aim to support individuals in conducting substantial research in palliative care and translating their findings into education programmes, impactful publications, and practical solutions.

BuildPall is dedicated to building a cadre of leading clinical academics, researchers, and educators committed to advancing palliative care. This includes training future clinicians, conducting research, and improving care for individuals affected by serious illness.

These fellowships offer a unique opportunity for promising individuals to work alongside world-renowned researchers and clinicians, establishing themselves as leaders in the field of palliative and end-of-life care. The awardees will develop a diverse set of research skills, gain experience in nationally and internationally significant research, and receive mentorship to lead the design, implementation, and dissemination of their research. They will also have access to leadership training to prepare them for future roles in clinical academia and academic palliative care.

The first fellowship funded by The Dinwoodie Charity and supported by Cicely Saunders International focuses on improving care and symptom management and empowerment for people who are not accessing specialist palliative care services and empowering their families and those important to them.

You will analyse data from two international mortality follow-back surveys (a well-established method of collecting views from bereaved relatives and family members about the last three months of life) and its impact on bereavement and grief. You will: understand successes and gaps in care for people during the last three months of life and importantly their families, which settings or transitions are most challenged (for example home or hospital) and how these influence perceived quality of life and person-centred outcomes; identify the different trajectories in the last three months of life and the points at which clinicians might more easily recognise opportunities to provide intervention to inform clinical guidelines; co-design educational materials to improve care and evaluate these for wide use by postgraduate clinicians.

The second fellowship funded by Cicely Saunders International offers a unique opportunity for a clinician or medical professional to engage in an innovative research project. This project integrates cutting-edge measurement theory with industry-leading practices to develop tailored measurement tools that address the specific needs of underserved populations. 

You will be involved in further developing an existing outcome measure, the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Measure (IPOS) for clinical trials and related studies with special regards to ensuring its validity in underserved groups. You will work with an international team of experts and conduct research to explore the views of people from underserved groups and identify ways to improve their involvement in research and measurement, analyse existing IPOS data collected from research studies in different populations to determine its measurement properties in different groups and relationships to other outcome measures and co-produce ways to incorporate these findings into existing measurement frameworks and disseminate findings widely. You will lay a crucial role in generating evidence to address pressing questions related to access and equity in healthcare.

Both fellows will foster interdisciplinary collaborations, improve treatment strategies and drive advancements in clinical management. Additionally you will contribute to workshops, develop clinical guidance, expand research methodologies and disseminate educational materials.

These Fellowships are expected to deliver findings to improve the care for millions of people who are not able to access specialist palliative care by better understanding need, trajectories and how to respond. The resulting education materials will ensure wide impact alongside quality publications and impact in multiple domains including clinical care, service organisation and policy, education, national and local policy, NHS organisations and patients/families.

We encourage individuals with any healthcare background (medicine, nursing, allied health professionals) to apply. This fellowship covers salary, PhD fees (at the UK level), and research expenses, providing comprehensive support for career development and patient care improvement through palliative and end-of-life care research. Applicants undergoing clinical training are welcomed.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled on Wednesday 12 June 2024.

This post will be offered on a fixed term contract for 3 years.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

With the guidance and mentorship of experienced researchers the PhD Fellows will:

  • Lead the design, implementation and dissemination of a research study as agreed with supervisors
  • Undertake outlined research ensuring key deadlines are met and criteria for progression and leadership skills training
  • Disseminating research findings and contribute to research impact
  • Help achieve the aims of Cicely Saunders Institute research programmes by supporting the analysis and dissemination of ongoing work
  • Actively work with Cicely Saunders International and key team members and ensuring this is reflected in presentations and meetings

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  1. A minimum Upper Second-Class degree in health or social sciences, medicine or related relevant areas
  2. A relevant clinical/healthcare background such as medicine, nursing or allied healthcare professionals with a healthcare professional qualification
  3. Committed to the advancement of palliative and end-of-life care through high quality research
  4. Excellent research related computing skills – competent in word processing, familiar with reference management databases and the foundational competencies to enable the transfer of these skills to packages to support qualitative (e.g. NVivo) and quantitative analysis (e.g. SPSS, STATA, R)
  5. An ability to work well as part of team including with other researchers, students, clinical staff, patients and family members
  6. Able to work to deadlines and manage and prioritise workloads appropriately
  7. Flexibility and adaptability
  8. An ability to grasp new information and learn new skills quickly
  9. A willingness to travel when required for the project for example to attend national and international conferences
  10. Strong numeracy
  11. Strong verbal and written communication skills as evidenced by reports, documents and presentations with ability to adapt to different audiences
  12. Commitment to develop self and others

Desirable criteria

  1. Clinical/healthcare registration with the appropriate body
  2. Relevant MSc or equivalent or evidence in research training
  3. Proven research experience – conducting research studies either independently or as part of a team at any stage from protocol development to funding application to dissemination including qualitative and quantitative research methods
  4. Evidence of completion of research, audit or other projects to a good standard

Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearances.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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