2x Fully Funded 3-Year PhD Studentships

NIHR North West London Patient Safety Research Collaboration (NIHR PSRC)
School of Public Health, Imperial College London

White City Campus

UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £21,000 for up to 36 months for UK applicants.

Responsible to:
PSRC Theme Lead (Professor Paul Aylin) and nominated supervisor

Imperial College London invites applications for two fully funded PhD Studentships within the NIHR North West London Patient Safety Research Collaboration (NIHR PSRC). These studentships offer an exciting opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research to advance patient safety, utilising integrated care data to tackle significant healthcare challenges.

Research areas

  1. Patient Safety Impact of Integrated Systems and Teams in Mental Healthcare

    Aim: To use mixed methods, including local integrated care data, to assess the impact of mental health care integration on patient safety.
    Potential Impact: Develop and implement safety indicators, inform service delivery and policy, and produce recommendations for community mental healthcare integration.
  2. Safety in Access and Delivery of Healthcare Amongst Mothers and Babies of Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds

    Aim: To characterise healthcare-associated harm during pregnancy and early childhood among ethnically diverse populations, using linked health datasets.
    Potential Impact: Define indicators to identify healthcare inequalities, inform interventions to address disparities, and enhance maternal and child healthcare expertise.

Qualifications and Person Specifications


  • First-class degree in health policy, health services research, psychology, behavioural science, data science, or related disciplines
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research methods
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to write clear technical reports
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team


  • MSc in the above fields
  • Knowledge of patient safety issues

How to apply

Interested candidates should email Professor Paul Aylin (p.aylin@imperial.ac.uk) or Dorchie Cockerell (d.cockerell@imperial.ac.uk) with an expression of interest, including:

  • CV
  • Personal statement (up to 1000 words) outlining interest, background, and preferred research area.
  • Educational certificates and transcripts (in English)
  • Contact details of two referees

Application deadline

Short-listed candidates will be notified via email and invited for interviews.

Further Information

Visit the Imperial Graduate School for more details about the department and training programmes.

Equal Opportunities

Imperial College London is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of background.

Join us in our mission to innovate and improve patient safety through impactful research. Apply today!