Health Economics: Fully Funded KESS II PhD Scholarship: Values in Health: Patient and Citizens' Values and how they relate to Education and Activation

Closing date: 15 June 2018

Key Information

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*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

PhD scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Health Economics / Health Services Research / Patient Reported Outcomes

Brief Summary of project:

Although tremendous progress has been made over the last 40 years, health services continue to be challenged by increasing need and demand without the provision of additional resource. These challenges include variation in access, quality, cost and outcomes.

To maintain health services globally, and continue improving population health, there is an urgent need to transform health services in order to deliver value for the population, health service and the individual affected. Unfortunately, there is limited empirical data to support these triple value aims and mapping and navigating these different value streams (e.g. clinical outcomes, patient reported outcome and experience measures, quality of life, health and wellbeing and personal values) becomes problematic.

The aim of this project is to develop a value based set of criteria which incorporate patient and citizen- centred values into the evaluation of education and activation programmes. This project will meet the need of Velindre Cancer Centre to ensure its programme of work (and evaluation framework) in education and activation is underpinned by a sound conceptual, methodological and robust research base.

The project will consist of 4 integrated work packages (WPs) as outlined below. Specific objectives to be addressed include:

  • WP1 -To systematically review the current evidence base of the incorporation of patient/citizen values into health care delivery and service design;
  • WP2 -To develop a robust dataset on patient and citizens' values in relation to healthcare;
  • WP3- To map values against more traditional measures of health outcome including Health –related Quality of Life (QOL), patient reported outcome measures (PROMS), patient reported experience measures (PREMS) and physical and emotional well- being;
  • WP4 - To consider how persons and citizens' values can be supported by educational and activation programmes including developing a value based set of criteria that could be used to evaluate the impact of innovations in education and activation.

The project will utilise a mixed methods design which will include systematic reviewing of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and analysis.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in economics, health economics, psychology or other related health subject (including medicine, nursing or allied health professions). A postgraduate qualification in health economics or related subject is desirable. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see for more information).

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2017-18

The studentship will be subject to a DBS clearance.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –


The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,340 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2017-18

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Professor Deb Fitzsimmons, Professor of Health Outcomes Research and Academic Director, Swansea Centre for Health Economics, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University regarding information on the area of research, via email (; Tel: +44 (0)1792 602226.

To apply:

  1. Complete the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2017-18
  2. Complete the  KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form

          Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only).


          For any other queries, please contact:

          The deadline for applications is 4pm on 15 June 2018.