Career progression and retention pathway

OUH NHS FT Clinical PhD - Career progression and retention pathway for Band 5 Registered Nurses

OxINMAHR & Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Oxford Brookes University


Professor Debra Jackson –Oxford Brookes University

Dr Helen Aveyard – Oxford Brookes University

Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (who must be resident in UK/EU and employed by the OUH NHS FT)

Mode of study: 50% Clinical practice, 50% PhD study – 4 years duration


This mixed method study will examine issues affecting the stability of the band 5 registered nurse (RN) workforce with a view to creating an evidence based strategy to facilitate stability and development opportunities for this vital workforce.

Professor Debra Jackson is Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brookes, and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is Principal Fellow of the Oxford NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Nursing and has extensive experience as a nurse researcher and supervisor of doctoral students.

For further information about the research project please contact Professor Jackson on

Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 or academic equivalent) in Nursing and be employed in a clinical role by the OUH NHS FT.  A Master’s degree with research methods training and/or evidence of the skills required for higher research study would be desirable.

EU Applicants additional requirement

You must provide with your e-mail application a scanned copy of your English language test certificate. Applicants must have a valid IELTS Test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 or relevant undergraduate degree awarded by UK university within the last two years. The IELTS test certificate must not be older than two years. Please note that we no longer accept TOEFL.

To apply for this studentship, please visit the website at and follow the instructions therein.

Please refer to guidance notes that accompany the downloadable application form. 
Applications will only be accepted by email to the Research Administrator whose details can be found at

Please note that the any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport plus other original documentation to enable a search to be undertaken. Costs involved in undertaking the DBS check will be covered by the University

Application deadline:  1st November 2017

Interview date: To be confirmed, but will be in November 2017.

Start date: January 2018