May 24, 2024

PhD studentship in Diabetes Care – The Diabetes Times

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GRTA Studentship – Exploring Diabetes Awareness within the UK Construction, Manufacturing and Transport Industries (REF: GRTA-NMW-DIABETES)

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Anne Phillips ([email protected])

Diabetes is a global epidemic that poses enormous risks to personal …….

GRTA Studentship – Exploring Diabetes Awareness within the UK Construction, Manufacturing and Transport Industries (REF: GRTA-NMW-DIABETES)

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Anne Phillips ([email protected])

Diabetes is a global epidemic that poses enormous risks to personal and public health. Diabetes effects nearly 5 million people in the UK and costs the NHS 10 billion pounds per year of which 8 billion pounds is being spent to treat preventable complications (Baxter et al, 2016).

People from more deprived communities experience higher levels of diabetes and complications related to diabetes (Scott, et al., 2017). The impact of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) like income, employment, and education upon people with diabetes are often overlooked (WHO, 2021), even though these can be significant barriers to optimal diabetes care for people on low incomes (Frier et al., 2019). People with diabetes employed in construction, manufacturing and transportation sectors have higher prevalence of diabetes (Riva et al., 2016). Occupational barriers have been linked with sub-optimal diabetes management and lower levels of engagement with healthcare services (Khan, et al., 2011). Diabetes can lead to reduced productivity in the workforce (Afroz et al., 2020; Hird et al., 2019). More research on how to reduce the incidence rate of type 2 diabetes and diabetes-related complications within these groups are needed (Tönnies et al., 2020).

This study seeks to explore approaches that employers and employees within the United Kingdom construction, manufacturing and/or transportation sectors are implementing to address the risks relating to diabetes within their workforce.

The project would be supported by the Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research: Knowledge to Care cluster. It would be supervised by researchers from the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences: School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Sciences, Department of Public and Community Health.

In the Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant role, the candidate will be based in the Department of Post-qualifying Practice. They will be expected to contribute to teaching and related activity for our suite of programmes in diabetes care.  For that reason, preference will be given to candidates who are registered health care professionals with experience in diabetes.

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