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PhD Studentship Opportunity: Examining the public and health system interface

3 May, 2021


Interested in the perspectives of service users on access to vaccination? Do you have a strong interest in qualitative research methodologies, good understanding of epidemiology, and experience of collaborating with communities that are underserved in relation to accessing primary health care services?

If so, you may be interested in our fully-funded PhD studentship, to start at LSHTM in September 2021. Project information is below and further application details can be found on the LSHTM website here

Please note that this award is only open to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for UK Home fees.

The application deadline is Monday 3rd May 2021.





Parents' 'journey to vaccination’ in the NHS: examining the public and health system interface

LSHTM: Sandra Mounier-Jack & Tracey Chantler
PHE: Louise Letley
Lead Supervisor: Tracey Chantler

The perspectives of service users on access to vaccination are understudied.  We will explore how parents learn about immunisation services, e.g. what information they receive and how they respond to interactions with health care providers.  We will set up a longitudinal cohort of mothers in antenatal clinics and community settings and follow them over up to 15 months, gathering data through interviews, a mother-baby app or the e-red book (if available) at key childhood immunisation milestones.

We are looking for a PhD student to:

1. set up a qualitative longitudinal cohort study of mothers recruited in antenatal clinics and community settings.

2. examine parents’ experience (‘journey to vaccination’) of accessing maternal and childhood immunisation in England and analyse access constraints and inequalities.

3. make recommendations to PHE and service providers involved in childhood immunisation on how to improve patient experience, access and acceptability of immunisation services.