The student will be based within the Complex Intervention and Social Practice in Health Care (CISPHC) Unit located in the Centre for Primary care and Public Health (CPCPH). CPCPH is multidisciplinary, bringing together academics from a range of backgrounds including general practice, medical ethics, nursing, statistics, public health, sociology and psychology, and involved in research, teaching and service development. The Centre was rated fourth in the UK in health services research in the most recent research assessment exercise, with a high proportion of research output rated as internationally leading or of internationally excellent quality. The student would have the benefit of working in this highly specialised team who come from different backgrounds with many areas of expertise.
Within this vibrant and growing Centre, the student will have an exciting and supportive environment for learning and conducting research. There is an active weekly seminar programme where students are encouraged to present, and we have available a range of academic experts and clinicians with experience of dealing with chronic pain who will be able to advise and help the student. We have an established relationship with the Persistent Pain Service at Mile End Hospital and have worked with them closely for the past 4 years. Over the past 3 the Blizard Institute where the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health is based, has established a Graduate Studies Programme and support system with informal PhD student lunches and seminars to ensure high standards of supervision and encourage student interaction and mutual learning.