Understanding Inequalities & Interconnections in Health and Social Care

Project reference: SH75

Application deadline: 10th April 2023

How to apply

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This studentship offers an outstanding opportunity to work with the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to improving health and care in the UK, to understand inequalities and help improve the health and social care systems in the UK.

Compared to other sectors such as health and education, data infrastructure and analytical capacity in social care lags behind. Following the COVID pandemic and the ongoing crisis in the NHS, there is an urgent need for improving the evidence base on social care to inform decisions by providers and policy-makers, and ultimately improve outcomes for the millions of people who receive social care services.

The successful student will use person-level data from integrated administrative systems including health and social care information to explore timely and policy-relevant research questions relating to inequalities in access to care, care quality, experience or health outcomes between population groups, and inequalities between different population groups (e.g. geographical, deprivation, ethnicity, multimorbidity). The research will inform national policy debates and deepen public understanding of the interconnections between health and social care, and demonstrate the value of data for care planning and improvement to local and national audiences.

Based in the ESRC Centre for Care, University of Sheffield, the successful student will join other researchers studying the social care systems and landscape, and benefit from an exceptional research environment; multidisciplinary supervision; opportunities to engage with non-academic partners across the care sector; and extensive development opportunities for early career scholars.

This project would be well suited to a prospective PhD student with solid data analysis skills and a strong interest in health and social care and evidence-informed policy making. Experience analysing administrative data sources and an interest in engaging patients and the public would be an advantage.