Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

FUNDED: PhD Scholarship in Patient Education

Population Health, Nursing, Health Professions Education



This funded project will focus on the impact of education for healthcare assistants on the prevention of pressures ulcers.  Project description  This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate to further their research career and work with leading researchers in education and wound care in the RCSI School of Nursing and Midwifery/ Skin Wounds and Trauma Research Centre. A pressure ulcer is defined as a "localized injury to the skin and/or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear" (NPUAP 2014). Pressure ulcers have a large impact on those affected; the ulcers can be painful, and may become seriously infected or malodorous (Essex 2009; Gorecki 2009. They are also costly to treat as it is estimated that approximately 4% of the annual healthcare budget is being spent on pressure ulcers, with nursing time accounting for 41% of these costs (Posnett 2009). The provision of education programmes for those caring for individuals at risk of pressure ulceration is often suggested as a key preventive factor. The evidence that this is actually the case however is scant. The increasing role of healthcare assistants in pressure ulcer prevention is also under researched. This research aims to address these gaps in the evidence and establish if education programmes are indeed effective in preventing pressure ulcers.  The research will be carried out in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in RCSI St Stephen’s Green.

This scholarship will consist of a €19,000 annual stipend and PhD student fees. Start date is January 2020. 

Specification :


  • An Honours Bachelor degree (grade 2.1 or above) in a health or education related discipline  
  • Good communication skills  
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills  
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as in a multidisciplinary, team environment  
  • Willingness to undertake training and career development  
  • English language requirements for candidates who do not speak English as their first language: an IELTS score of 6.5 or above


Application process and scholarship details:


  • Job Title: School of Nursing and Midwifery PhD Scholarship
  • Department: School of Nursing and Midwifery  
  • Location: RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin  
  • Tenure: Four years  
  • Applications should include a covering letter (a 500-word statement outlining your interest in and suitability for the position), CV, and the contact details of two referees.  
  • The closing date for applications is 30th November 2019


Queries and applications related to the scholarships should be directed to Professor Tom O’Connor via email to