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Clinical Doctoral Fellow (Nursing) – Gastroenterology (ref PhD-2018CDFYFT)


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22.5 hours per week
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£26,565-£35,577 pro rata (Indicitive Banding)
01/05/2018 23:59

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Clinical Doctoral Fellow (Nursing) – Gastroenterology (ref PhD-2018CDFYFT)

Please note- there are two parts to this PhD application and both parts must be completed by every applicant.

  1. Apply at this NHS website for the 3 days clinical band 6 part of the role.
  2. Apply at York University website, PhD registration, for the 2 days PhD part of this role.

* This post is full time and must include both parts off the application; they are not available on their own.

For full detail with a step by step guide on how to apply for this post, please see the vacancy document attached named "Application and Guidance".

Project description

The Clinical Doctoral Fellowship (CDF) post is an integrated clinical- research post that combines clinical practice as an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) nurse specialist with research training and registration for a PhD in in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York (DoHS, UY). The PhD will focus on research investigations in the field of gastroenterology which are also pertinent to nursing and that meets the University’s requirements for a PhD.  

This Clinical Doctoral Fellowships (CDF) will be part of a cutting edge and ground-breaking collaboration between the universities and NHS trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region called CARDINAL (Clinical Doctoral Nurses and Allied Health Professionals) aimed at research capacity building. CARDINAL is a collaborative doctoral research network for nurses, midwives and AHPs comprises of Yorkshire NHS Trusts and Universities that coordinated by the NIHR CLAHRC, and each Clinical Doctoral Fellow will join a cohort of other practitioners undertaking a fellowship throughout the region.

In addition to Departmental, Faculty and University research training opportunities, CARDINAL will create an additional vibrant learning and support environment for the group of CDFs and their clinical and academic supervisors. It will provide additional mentorship for the CDF and an evidence-based training programme shaped around the fellows’ needs to support the development of an clinical research career.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity for practitioners with an ambition to influence patient care through applied research practice.


The Award

The PhD studentship is open to UK/EU citizens on a part-time basis. The studentship provides a tax free stipend per annum for UK/EU citizens of £5000 per annum over a 5 year period , plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate will be waived.  

The post will be worked flexibly with the applicant to reconcile the needs of the project, PhD progression and clinical service needs with the support of the academic and clinical supervisory team However, it is anticipated that the post will be three days a week in the clinical post (band 6) and 2 days a week based at the University of York over 5 years.

Essential Requirements

Registered Nurse/ Midwife or AHP Applicants with equivalent relevant clinical experience will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in a health or science related subject.

For students whose first language is not English there is a minimum requirement of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each component of the test and an overall score of at least 7.

Timeline for applications

Deadline: Applications should be received no later than 1st May 2018 before 16:00h. Applications will not be considered for the studentship after this date.

Shortlisting: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly.

Interviews: Individuals with the strongest academic record, experience, and research proposal will be shortlisted and invited to interview on 16th May. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or via Skype or similar communication tools, if required, involving staff from The York Foundation NHS Trust and the University of York.

Start date: October 2018

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors to discuss proposal ideas before applying (contact details under Informal Enquiries below).

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Informal enquiries

We welcome potential applicants to contact us to discuss the PhD. Please contact either



Professor of Gastroenterology

Honorary Consultant Gastroenterologist

01904 32175107711 867758



Professor in Clinical Nursing Research 

Department of Health Sciences 

University of York, 


T: Direct:  +44 (0)1904 32 1635 /

If you have any queries related to the application process please contact Or (0)1904 322142 





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