PhD - Carers of people with Pressure Injury

A critical evaluation of the current support and education provisions available to carers of people with Pressure Injury

Department of Nursing/AHPD, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Oxford Brookes University


Professor Debra Jackson –Oxford Brookes University & Oxford University Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust.

Dr Helen Walthall - Oxford Brookes University

Dr Susan Schutz – Oxford Brookes University

Clinical Collaborator

Professor Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


This study aims to provide a critical evaluation of carers experience, level of physical and psychological burden felt and the emotional burden felt when caring for a loved one with pressure injury.  This will give a clear indication as to the level of support required for caregivers as well as what information or education they need to help them in this role.  This will inform us to as whether a carers intervention to offer support and guidance for them in their role is needed and can subsequently be developed based on the findings of this study. 

Professor Debra Jackson is Professor of Nursing at Oxford Brookes, and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust. 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.

Dr Helen Walthall is a Programme Lead/Principal Lecturer for Advanced and Specialist Nursing Practice and has a clinical background in Cardiac nursing. She has led research projects developing patient reported outcomes, exploring patient experience and carer experiences in a number of condition and symptom areas.  She an experienced PhD supervisor.

Dr Sue Schutz is a nurse who worked for many years in cancer and haematology. She teaches currently on the Advanced Nursing Practice Masters programme and her research interests are in reflective practice in nursing and in the needs of carers.

For further information about the research project please contact Dr Helen Walthall on

Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 4 years alongside undertaking clinical duties within the trust. The successful applicant’s should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification from a recognised Higher Education Institution. A Master’s degree with research methods training and/or evidence of the skills required for higher research study would be desirable. 

Please see the main OUH Studentships page for the full requirements and application process.