Funded research degree at Manchester Metropolitan University
The European Society for Person Centred Healthcare has agreed to fund a part time research masters degree. The ideal applicant would be a health professional interested in research and in particular in the developing philosophy of person-centred healthcare.
The Society's council is very keen to have a practitioner do this work, as it is concerned that research in this area informs practice and is actually of use to practitioners, to avoid 'Person Centred Healthcare' becoming (in the words of the Society's Vice-President) "just another academic movement adding more jargon to an already rhetorically over-burdened health discourse". So someone who is currently working in the health service and willing to ask critical questions - what does this mean for our practices? how (if at all) does it help us improve patient care? - would be very much welcomed.
The goal of the research is to inform the Society's policy statements and the successful applicant will be invited to attend the Society's annual meeting in Madrid (18th/19th June), where the award will be officially presented. The conference attendance will also be funded (in part by ESPCH and in part by MMU) and it will give the successful applicant the opportunity to engage in discussions with some of the leading figures in the area. At this year's conference some senior figures in the debate about Evidence-based Practice are attending to discuss how the ideas in the 'Person-Centred' movement inform and potentially modify conceptions of evidence.
With best wishes,
Professor Michael Loughlin
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
Tel: 0161-247 5420
Research, Development & Innovation Co-ordinator
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
TEL: 0151 529 5446
FAX: 0151 529 5504
MMU – ESPCH studentship Applications are invited for a funded, two-year, part-time masters degree in the philosophy of Person CentredHealthcare (PCH), supported by The European Society for Person Centred Healthcare (ESPCH) (http://www.pchealthcare.org.uk/ & http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jep.12317/abstract) and supervised by Professor Michael Loughlin of Manchester Metropolitan University.
As the movement for PCH gains momentum, with recognition from health organisations and practitioner groups across the world, clarity on its fundamental presuppositions and implications is urgently needed. In part PCH developed as a reaction to what were perceived as overly 'reductionist' approaches to medical epistemology, but does PCH represent or embody a substantive, viable alternative approach to knowledge inclinical practice to the formulations its defenders find wanting? At a time when some of the most influential defenders of Evidence Based Medicine are arguing for a 'renaissance' in EBM, in the form of an expansion of the concept of 'evidence' to incorporate context-specific and 'human' aspects of care, as well as clinical judgement, individual and social values and the tacit knowledge that accumulates with clinical experience, is the prospect of a reconciliation of PCH with EBM both realistic and desirable? What are the problems facing a 'person-centred' approach and can they be overcome? What role should the ideas of 'personalism' and 'non-foundationalism', featured in recent PCH literature, play in the development of person-centred approaches to medical epistemology?
The primary focus of the research is therefore epistemological clarification, with the goal of informing and supporting the practice of PCH. The ESPCH is keen to support work that subjects the claims of PCH to rigorous critical scrutiny, as it is essential that the movement is clear about its goals and objectives, what it is asserting and what it is denying. Otherwise there is a danger that the language of 'person-centredness' might degenerate into a series of platitudinous assertions, adding more jargon to an already rhetorically over-burdened health discourse, instead of providing practically significant guidance and assistance to health professionals and policy-makers. Ideally, this research will inform the policy statements of the Society as it develops an overarching strategy for the promotion of PCH globally, in education programmes for practitioners and a lexicon of person-centred care. The successful applicant will be invited to attend the annual conference of the ESPCH, to take place on 18th & 19th June 2015 in Madrid, where the award will be formally announced at the Society's annual awards ceremony, and you will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with leading figures in PCH.
We would particularly like to encourage applications from those with a background in medicine, nursing, public health and the allied health professions. An interest in applied philosophical and epistemological aspects of health care, and a willingness to subject claims and proposals to critical analysis, are the essentialprerequisites as we work to develop an 'epistemology of Person-Centred Healthcare'.
The interviews for this award will take place on Monday 25th May 2015. For informal inquiries about the research, please contact Prof Michael Loughlin: m.loughlin AT mmu.ac.uk
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