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You should have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) or masters degree or equivalent in the relevant subject area.
International applicants should be aware of our English language requirements
To examine how paediatric palliative care services can be improved to meet the needs of patients and carers.
Paediatric Palliative Care research is a very sparse area and further research is vital in order to improve palliative care for children. It has been highlighted that the views of patients and carers in this type of research are very valuable due to their unique view point. Previous research has focused on child and parent perspectives on ‘unmet’ needs of the families of those with a life-limiting illness. However, it fails to address the uniqueness of the children’s conditions, with children’s services having a large number of life-limiting illnesses to cater for, the trajectory of these illnesses, and their expectations. This research will explore whether needs are being met by the services provided and explore access issues from the perspective of parents. Taking into consideration the impact of differing illness trajectories and views of what they would expect to receive from a hospice service and how this compares to their actual experience as user of the service.
To explore the needs of children and their families using a Specialist Paediatric Palliative Care Service, to determine whether or not these needs are being met and how to improve these services and their access.