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Become one of 13 Marie Curie PhD students at TRANS-SENIOR, an Innovative Training Network funded by the European Union.

Information

Hoping to do a PhD abroad?
Willing to shape the future of care for senior citizens?
Attracted by the idea of obtaining a PhD degree from two universities?
Then please apply for a PhD studentship within TRANS-SENIOR!

Many senior citizens face transitions between care settings (e.g. at discharge from hospitals, when moving into a care home, or when seeking emergency care). Care transitions come with a risk of negative health and quality of care consequences, and should be avoided or optimised when possible. This requires capacity building on the interface of science, policy and care innovation. 

The TRANS-SENIOR Innovative Training Network builds capacity for tackling a major challenge facing European long-term care systems: the need to improve care for an increasing number of care-dependent senior citizens by avoiding unnecessary transitions and optimising care transitions that are actually needed. 

The TRANS-SENIOR research programme aims to: 1) generate evidence on when and where avoiding care transitions is possible, 2) generate evidence for the benefits of innovative transitional care models, and 3) generate evidence for methods for actively involving senior citizens and informal caregivers in care innovation, and inform future sustainable implementation of interventions that avoid or improve care transitions. 

TRANS-SENIOR will recruit 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs, also referred to as PhD students). Each will work at a beneficiary institution with a 36-months contract, and will work towards a joint or double degree at two universities within the TRANS-SENIOR network. Each ESR will receive additional training and undergo secondments at academic and/or non-academic partner organisations within the network.

Details regarding all 13 ESR's can be found below.

How to apply

Candidates can send their applications to: trans-senior@kuleuven.be 

The deadline for applications is 20 September 2018 (23.59 pm CET at the latest).
If initially selected, we will invite you for an interview on 20 October 2018, in Leuven, Belgium.

All applications should include the following:

  • Letter of motivation, including preferences for one or more of the ESR projects (max. 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree certificates, including an appendix (‘transcript’) explaining the training program elements and grades obtained (if not in English: both original versions and English translations of documents required)
  • Potential language certificates and other relevant certificates
  • Contact details of two referees
  • A link to a Personal Statement video of (less than) two minutes (recommended, not mandatory) 

TRANS-SENIOR will use all application materials for the process of selecting candidates only. For this purpose, application materials may be distributed to members of the selection committee and administrative staff, yet while respecting privacy and ensuring secure storage of documents at all times. Agreement with this approach will be assumed from submitting an application.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates from any nationality – including non-EU countries- are welcome to apply. The following criteria apply to all candidates:

· We expect applicants to be highly motivated for working towards a PhD ànd for the overall TRANS-SENIOR purposes;

· Applicants should hold a master’s degree relevant to the project(s) they apply for (see links to the individual projects for specifications);

· Applicants should not have been awarded a PhD degree;

· At the time of recruitment, applicants should have less than four (full time equivalent) years of experience within a research career;

· Applicants should not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the recruiting institute for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment;

· Proficiency in written and spoken English (B2 level or equivalent);

· Willingness to learn the local language of the host institution;

· Good communication and human relationship skills, demonstrable capacity in organizing and managing projects and working in a team.

Additional criteria can apply for each of the 13 projects (see links to individual projects for specifications).

Benefits

TRANS-SENIOR training programma 

In order to deliver 13 health care innovators, TRANS-SENIOR will: 

  • Guide all ESRs towards a joint or double PhD degree from two universities
  • Train ESRs in the systematic development and evaluation of healthcare interventions 
  • Equip ESRs with skills and experience enabling them to effectively involve senior citizens and informal caregivers in co-design of healthcare innovation
  • Teach theoretical and practical implementation science, focusing on care innovations
  • Make ESRs comfortable and effective in (non-)academic organisations through cross-sectoral secondments
  • Prepare ESRs for careers in both academic and non-academic settings through expert coaching, networking and the development of research and transferable skills
  • Stimulate knowledge exchange between ESRs and current care innovators through secondments and workshops

Job conditions

  • Full-time appointment for a period of 36 months
  • Favourable remuneration according to EU standards
  • Enrolment in Doctoral Programs and TRANS-SENIOR Training Programme
  • Secondments at other organisations
  • Starting date: 1 February 2019 

Research projects

ESR1 (Martin Luther University, DE) - Developing guidance for necessary & avoidable care transitions in senior citizens - deadline for applications 27 Dec 2018

ESR1 – Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Developing guidance for necessary & avoidable care transitions in senior citizens

Project leader
:
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Meyer, Dr. Steffen Fleischer
Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Medical Faculty,
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Objective of the project:
This research project aims to develop evidence and consensus-based guidance on necessary versus avoidable care transitions in senior citizens. It will focus on 1) a systematic review of evidence on avoidable transitions and 2) develop consensus among senior citizens, informal caregivers, professionals and care organisations regarding characteristics of necessary versus avoidable care transitions in senior citizens (using selected cases from the work of other early stage researchers in the TRANS-SENIOR consortium). Furthermore two practice tools that support the decision making of a) senior citizens and informal caregivers and b) care professionals will be developed and pilot tested.

This project will provide practical insights on how to discriminate necessary from avoidable transitions and indicate where local differences influence the recommendations.

Expected results:

  • The early stage researcher will produce 1) a systematic review of evidence on avoidable transitions and 2) develop consensus among senior citizens, informal caregivers, professionals and care organisations regarding characteristics of necessary versus avoidable care transitions in senior citizens (using selected cases from the work of other early stage researchers).
  • The resulting guidance will form the basis of two practice tools that support the decision making of a) senior citizens and informal caregivers and b) care professionals. The tools are pilot tested and discriminate necessary from avoidable transitions and indicate where local differences influence the recommendations.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 1: 
    Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Moriah Ellen
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Volkssolidarität Landesverband Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.
    Supervisor: Michael Bremer

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates from any nationality – including non-EU countries- are welcome to apply. As international mobility is a criterion in the EU-funded project however, candidates should not have lived, worked or studied in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment.
  • Candidates should hold a Master’s degree in Health Sciences (e.g. Nursing Science), Public Health or similar Master’s degree relevant to this project. In total a minimum of 300 ECTS or equivalent is needed with a Master’s degree of at least 120 ECTS (post-Bachelor preparation courses on EQF-level 7 in a University may be recognised).
  • Applicants should not have been awarded a PhD degree and have less than four (full time equivalent) years of experience within a research career.
  • The successful candidate will have a solid foundation in systematic literature reviews and qualitative research methods.
  • Fluency in English is a requirement (B2 level or equivalent) German is recommended (A2 Level or equivalent).
  • Previous experience in long-term care and cross-cultural mobility / adaptation are of advantage. Candidates should be highly motivated for working towards a PhD and the overall TRANS-SENIOR purposes.
  • Candidates should be strongly committed to writing, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, enjoy working in a research-active team and have good communication and human relationship skills.

ESR2 (Martin-Luther University, DE) - Accidental falls care pathway for avoiding transitions from nursing home to hospital - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR2 – Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Accidental falls care pathway for avoiding transitions from nursing home to hospital

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Meyer, Dr. Almuth Berg
Institute of Health and Nursing Science, Medical Faculty,
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

Objective of the project:
This research project aims to reduce the number of avoidable transitions from home care to hospitals and nursing homes. It will focus on developing / adatping an inter-professional community care model for older care-dependent people in the South Tyrolean (Italian) community care setting. This project will provide practical insights on how to adapt, implement and evaluate a complex intervention in a community care setting and generate evidence on implementation (barriers & facilitators), residents (e.g., number of transitions, disability, mobility), family-related outcomes (e.g., caregiver burden, care satisfaction) and costs.

Expected results:
The early stage researcher will increase our understanding of the incidence of transitions to hospital after accidental falls in nursing homes, their benefit or lack thereof, as well as the reasons and context behind decisions made.
The work is used to produce:

  • a pilot tested care pathway allowing nursing home staff to improve the management of accidental falls, including evidence-based key interventions, and process and outcome indicators; and
  • a toolkit for the development of similar care pathways.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 1: 
    Basel University, Basel, Switzerland
    Supervisor: Dr. Franziska Zuniga
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Volkssolidarität Landesverband Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
    Supervisor: Michael Bremer.

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing or similar Master’s degree relevant to the project
  • Proficiency in written and spoken German to collect and analyse nursing home data (residents’ case files, qualitative interviews)
  • Desirable: experience in care for older people
  • Desirable: experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods

ESR3 (Claudiana College, IT) - CAPABLE-ST community care intervention for avoiding transitions to institutional care - deadline for applications 21 December 2018

ESR3 – College of Health Care-Professions Claudiana, Bolzano, Italy

CAPABLE-ST community care intervention for avoiding transitions to institutional care

Project leader
:
Dr. Dietmar Ausserhofer
College of Health Care-Professions Claudiana, Bolzano, Italy

Objective of the project:
To adapt the CAPABLE-ST community care intervention for avoiding transitions to institutional care and to evaluate its feasibility and effects in South Tyrol (Italy.

Expected results:

  • Gaining practical insights on how to adapt, implement and evaluate a complex intervention in a community care setting.
  • Generating evidence on implementation (barriers & facilitators), and specific effects with regard to residents (e.g., number of transitions, disability, mobility), family-related (e.g., caregiver burden, care satisfaction) outcomes and costs.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 1: 

University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Supervisor: Prof. Michael Simon

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 2:  

Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Supervisor: Prof. Hilde Verbeek

  • Non-academic secondment: 

MeanderGroep Zuid-Limburg, The Netherlands
Supervisor: Roger Ruijters

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates from any nationality – including non-EU countries- are welcome to apply. As international mobility is a criterion in the EU-funded project however, candidates should not have lived, worked or studied in Italy for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment.
  • Master’s degree in Health Sciences (e.g. Nursing Science), Public Health or similar Master’s degree relevant to this project.
  • Applicants should not have been awarded a PhD degree and have less than four (full time equivalent) years of experience within a research career.
  • Solid foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.
  • Fluency in English and German (or Italian) is a requirement (B2 level or equivalent).
  • Previous experience in community care and cross-cultural mobility / adaptation are of advantage.
  • High motivation for working towards a PhD and the overall TRANS-SENIOR purposes.
  • Strong committment to writing, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, enjoy working in a research-active team and have good communication and human relationship skills.

ESR4 (KU Leuven, BE) - Evaluating new triage protocols for senior citizens who seek unplanned care - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR4 – KU Leuven, Leuven

Evaluating new triage protocols for senior citizens who seek unplanned care

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Koen Milisen, Prof. Dr. Marc Sabbe
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven, Belgium

Objective of the project:
1) To evaluate the appropriateness of referrals in senior citizens (75 and over) seeking unplanned care and to 2) evaluate triage protocols for these referrals.

Expected results:

  • Evidence on characteristics of senior citizens seeking unplanned care
  • Evidence on potentially avoidable care transitions (prevalence, decision making) after seeking unplanned care
  • Evidence on the appropriateness of new triage protocols for senior citizens seeking unplanned care
  • Improved and validated generic triage protocols, with a discussion of potential system and country specific context factors for decision making.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.
    Supervisor: Dr. Christophe Sowada.
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Landsbond der Christelijke Mutualiteiten (Alliance of Christian Sickness Funds), Brussels, Belgium.
    Supervisor: Luc Van Gorp.

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences or similar Master’s degree relevant to the project
  • Sufficient proficiency in Dutch language in relation to analysing patient related data; or some Dutch language skills and able to quickly obtain sufficient skills
  • Desirable: experience with the use of quantitative research methods
  • Desirable: experience in care for older people.

ESR5 (University of Basel, CH) - Implementing INSPIRE, an integrated community care program for senior citizens - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR5 – University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland 

Implementing INSPIRE, an integrated community care program for senior citizens

Project leaders:
Dr. Mieke Deschodt, Prof. Dr. Sabina De Geest
Institute of Nursing Science (INS), Department Public Health (DPH), University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The early stage researcher (ESR) will be embedded in the strong research infrastructure of the INS, the PhD Program Health Science (Faculty of Medicine - https://pphs.unibas.ch/ ) and will benefit from the offerings of the Swiss School of Public Health (https://ssphplus.ch/).

Objectives of the project:
1) To develop the INSPIRE community care model (an innovative community based care model for older persons in line with the new legislation in view of care for senior citizens in the Canton Baselland); and
2) To evaluate its implementation and impact on avoiding care transitions and other senior citizen-, provider- and health systems level outcomes.

Expected results:

  • A protocol for the INSPIRE integrated community-based care model that stratifies seniors for prevention and healthy aging interventions, self-management support, illness management or case management
  • Evidence on the implementation and effects of the INSPIRE care model.

Though the project is performed in a specific Swiss setting, generic elements of the care model will have major international relevance, and these results will be of high value for health care systems (inter)nationally facing similar challenges in care for senior citizens in community healthcare settings. More info on INSPIRE can he found here: www.inspire-bl.unibas.ch (German version). For English abstract please contact inspire-bl@unibas.ch. 
The early stage researcher is expected to achieve his/her PhD in Nursing Science within a timeframe of 3 years. All PhD students contribute to teaching activities in the Master’s program at the INS.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint Degree University: 
    KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Geert Goderis
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Curaviva Schweiz (Association of Care Homes and Social Institutions), Bern, Switzerland.
    Supervisor: Markus Leser.

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing Science, Public Health, Medicine, Health Economics or another relevant health sciences field
  • Sound knowledge of Office software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Sound methodological and statistical skills and sound knowledge of statistical analysis software such as R or STATA or the willingness to develop these skills and knowledge
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Desirable: experience in community care
  • Team player while also being able to work independently
  • German proficiency is an asset

ESR6 (Ben Gurion University, IL) - Developing international guidance for optimal transitional care in senior citizens - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR6 – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel

Developing international guidance for optimal transitional care in senior citizens

Project leaders:
Prof. Dr. Moriah Ellen
Department of Health Systems Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel

Objective of the project:
To develop guidance for essential elements of good transitional care.

Expected results:

  • ESR 6 will deliver guidance and practical tools for supporting optimal transitions. Two tools are developed to support a) senior citizens and their informal caregivers and b) care professionals.
  • Further results from the work perfomed by ESR6 are an overview of the evidence for methods to facilitate the improvement of care transitions, and consensus on relevant elements of support for improving these transitions.

These products will have high generic value and will be developed for international use.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Meyer
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    AGE Platform Europe, Brussels, Belgium
    Supervisor: Borja Arrue

Specific eligibility criteria:

ESR7 (Maastricht University, NL) - A collaborative intervention integrating home care and nursing home care - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR7 – Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

A collaborative intervention integrating home care and nursing home care

Project leaders
:
Dr. Hilde Verbeek, Prof. Dr. Jan Hamers
Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

The project will be conducted from the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, a formal and structural collaboration of Maastricht University with 7 long-term care organisations, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Vocational Training Institute Gilde Zorgcollege

Objective of the project:
To improve the transition from home to institutional care by developing and evaluating a collaborative intervention that integrates home care and institutional nursing home care in co-creation with research and practice (e.g. nurses, doctors, policy makers).

Expected results:

  • A collaborative intervention model that integrates home care and nursing home care, as to better meet the needs of senior citizens with dementia and their informal caregivers at the time of transition.
  • Evidence on the process and outcomes of the collaborative intervention model with a view to optimal quality of care and will being and avoiding negative effects (disorientation, agitation, delirium etc.)

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    KU Leuven, Belgium
    Supervisor: Prof. Theo van Achterberg
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Wit-Gele Kruis van Vlaanderen (White-Yellow Cross of Flanders, community nursing organisation), Belgium

Supervisor: Dr. Kristel de Vliegher

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Enthusiastic candidate with a Master’s degree in Health Care sciences, Nursing Science, Psychology, Medicine or related area.
  • Excellent scientific writing skills and is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research designs.
  • As the project will be conducted in joint collaboration with health care practice (e.g. nurses, doctors, other health care professionals), the candidate should preferably be able to speak the Dutch language.

ESR8 (Basel University, CH) - Multi-national multiple case examination of integrated care models for optimal transitions - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR8 – University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Multi-national multiple case examination of integrated care models for optimal transitions

Project leaders:
Dr. Franziska Zúñiga, Prof. Dr. Michael Simon
Institute of Nursing Science (INS), University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Markus Leser, Curaviva Schweiz, Bern, Switzerland

Objectives of the project:

1. To describe the transitional care effects of models aiming to better integrate care across settings and providers, with a view to transitions to and from nursing homes, and from the perspectives of senior citizens, providers, care organisations and health systems; and

2. To compare such integrated care models across three European countries

After a systematic literature review of transitional care effects of integrated care models, the early stage researcher will perform an exploratory, multiple case study to arrive at an in-depth, multiple perspective examination of three integrated care models in Germany, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. The case studies will capture the perspectives of policy, health care providers and clients through surveys, interviews and observations, to learn how transitions to and from the nursing home are handled and what structures and processes may hinder them. Data are integrated in within-case analysrs and then used for a between-cases analysis to gain insight into cross-national issues and derive lessons for future integrated care models.

Expected results:

1. A comprehensive overview of the evidence on transitional care effects of integrated nursing home care initiatives, and

2. International lessons for transitional care improvement through integrated care initiatives, including lessons on structures and processes that hinder transitional care improvement.

The early stage researcher is expected to achieve his/her PhD in Nursing Science within a timeframe of 3 years, and will contribute to teaching activities at the INS.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.
    Supervisor: Dr. Steffen Fleischer
  • Non-academic secondments: 
    CURAVIVA, Bern, Switzerland. (The time in Switzerland will be distributed between CURAVIVA in Bern and University of Basel throughout the PhD)
    Supervisor: Markus Leser.

    MeanderGroep Zuid Limburg, Maastricht, The Netherlands
    Supervisor: Roger Ruijters

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing Science, Public Health, Medicine, Health Economics or another field of health sciences
  • Sound knowledge of Office software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Sound methodological and statistical skills and sound knowledge of qualitative software such as Atlas.ti or MAXQDA or the willingness to develop these skills and knowledge
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to write and speak German at the C1 level (early stage researcher will do interviews and observations in German)
  • Desirable: experience in long-term care; ability to write and speak Dutch

ESR9 (KU Leuven, BE) - Transitional care impact of integrated care projects - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR9 – KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Transitional care impact of integrated care projects

Project leaders:
Prof. Dr. Johan Flamaing, Prof.dr. Geert Goderis, Dr. Mieke Deschodt
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Objectives of the project:

  • To evaluate how population based Integrated Care Programs can improve senior citizens’ transitions from home to hospital care and vice versa; and
  • To explore barriers and facilitators for future implementation of these programs.

Expected results:

  • An overview of evidence for transitional care improvement in government-initiated, ongoing integrated care initiatives in Belgium.
  • On overview that relates transitional care improvements to intervention components in the various projects.
  • An overview of facilitators and barriers for implementation of the integrated care initiatives based on interviews with participants and stakeholders in the projects, as to inform future implementation efforts and/or adaptation of the initiatives when needed.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 1: 
    Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
    Supervisor: Dr. Hilde Verbeek
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Landsbond der Christelijke Mutualiteiten (Alliance of Christian Sickness Funds), Brussels, Belgium.
    Supervisor: Luc Van Gorp

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Health Policy, Public Health, Healthcare Management, Sociology or other disciplines relevant to the project
  • Sound methodological and statistical skills as relevant to health systems research
  • Required: able to communicate in (spoken and written) Dutch
  • Desirable: able to communicate in French
  • Desirable: experience with primary/community care for senior citizens

ESR10 (Ben Gurion University, IL) - Involvement: how best to engage senior citizens and their informal caregivers - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR10 – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel 

Involvement: how best to engage senior citizens and their informal caregivers

Project leaders:
Prof. Dr. Moriah Ellen
Department of Health Systems Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er Sheva, Israel

Objective of the project:
To identify best practices in senior citizen and informal caregiver involvement and to evaluate alternative involvement approaches.

Expected results:

  • The work of ESR10 will produce an overview of best practices for the involvement of senior citizens and their informal caregivers in shaping innovative care
  • The project will further provide results for the comparative effects of alternative methods for enabling involvement of senior citizens and their informal caregivers. These results will provide generic key information for future care innovation, where involvement is increasingly strived for, but where methods development and related evaluations are very rare.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Theo van Achterberg

  • Non-academic secondment: 
    World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland
    Supervisor: Stephanie Ngo

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Health Systems, Health Management, Political Sciences or similar Master’s degree relevant to the project
  • Must have completed a thesis-based Masters
  • In line with Ben-Gurion University’s regulations, high grades for the Master’s degree and the Master’s thesis are desirable, and a factor in the selection process
  • Experience with qualitative research, systematic reviews and/or evidence informed policymaking preferred
  • Desirable: able to communicate in Hebrew

ESR11 (White-Yellow Cross of Flanders, community nursing organisation, BE) - A practice guideline for empowerment in transitional care decision making - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR11 – Wit-Gele Kruis van Vlaanderen, Brussels, Belgium

A practice guideline for empowerment in transitional care decision making

Project leaders:
Dr. Kristel De Vliegher, Prof. Dr. Theo van Achterberg
Wit-Gele Kruis van Vlaanderen (community nursing organisation), Brussels, BE

Objectives of the project:

  • To identify strategies that empower senior citizens and informal caregivers to fully participate in transitional care decision making
  • To identify facilitators and barriers for their empowerment
  • To develop practical guidance for this empowerment in daily community-based care.

Expected results:

  • Comprehensive overview of strategies for the empowerment of senior citizens and their informal caregivers in transitional care decision making
  • Comprehensive overview of barriers and facilitators that hinder such empowerment in daily practice
  • Guideline for empowering senior citizens in decision making.

The expected results will be informed by literature reviewing, additional documents analyses and interviews with the target groups, experts and stakeholders. From all the resulting insights, the ESR will develop a generic practice guideline to assist care professionals in enabling empowerment in decision-making.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 1: 
    KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Theo van Achterberg
  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university 2:
    Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Moriah Ellen
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    AGE platform Europe, Brussels, Belgium
    Supervisor: Borja Arrue

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Required: basic experience with systematic literature searches
  • Required: affinity with qualitative research methods
    Desirable: experienced in performing qualitative research
  • Required: motivated to quickly obtain Dutch language skills
    Desirable: operational Dutch language skills
  • Desirable: experience with care for senior citizens and affinity with patient empowerment and/or shared decision making
  • Desirable: experience with developing guidelines for practice

ESR12 (Jagiellonian University, PL) - Financing long-term care systems, particularly for optimised care transition - deadline for applications 21 december 2018

ESR12 - Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Financing long-term care systems, particularly for optimised care transition 

Project leaders
:
Dr. Christoph Sowada, Dr. Ewa Kocot
Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University

Objective of the project:
This research project aims to assess the coherence and efficiency of the organisation and financing of long-term care in a selection of European countries, with special attention to the integration of different care types, levels and settings and optimising the patient transition between different care settings. The result of this project will be a new knowledge concerning alternative solutions for organising and financing at the system level, assessment tools/criteria of them, as well as identification of best practices for


Expected results:

  • Accessible new knowledge concerning alternative solutions for organising and financing at the system level
  • Assessment tools/criteria for evaluation of economic, financial and organisational solutions in long-term care and transitional care systems (based on existing assessment tools, e.g., WHO, European Consumer Index, ANCIEN project)
  • Identification of best practices for organising and financing long-term care in the EU.

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
    Supervisor: Prof. Silvia Evers.
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
    Supervisor: Andrzej Ryś.

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Candidates from any nationality – including non-EU countries- are welcome to apply.
    As international mobility is a criterion in the EU-funded project however, candidates should not have lived, worked or studied in Poland for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment.
  • Candidates should hold a Master’s degree in Public Health, (Health) Economy, Political Sciences or similar Master’s degree relevant to this project.
  • Candidates should not have been awarded a PhD degree and have less than four (full time equivalent) years of experience within a research career.
  • Fluency in English is a requirement (B2 level or equivalent).
  • Candidates have to be able to understand and speak Polish to the extent of enabling participation in PhD study classes (B1 level or equivalent).
  • Candidates should be highly motivated for working towards a PhD and the overall TRANS-SENIOR purposes.
  • Capacities in organizing and managing projects, working in a team, good communication and human relationships skills are required.

ESR13 (Maastricht University, NL) - Improving implementation of innovations in long-term care - NO LONGER VACANT

ESR13 – Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Improving implementation of innovations in long-term care 

Project leaders
:
Dr. Hilde Verbeek, Prof. Dr. Jan Hamers
Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

The project will be conducted from the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, a formal and structural collaboration of Maastricht University with 7 long-term care organisations, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and Vocational Training Institute Gilde Zorgcollege

Objectives of the project:
a) to identify barriers and facilitators for the implementation of long-term care innovations, particularly new transitional care models;
b) to build consensus on potential implementation strategies for transitional long-term care.

Expected results:

  • a literature-based overview of factors influencing implementation of transitional care innovations (barriers and facilitators)
  • in-depth overview of real-life implementation factors with transitional care interventions as evaluated in TRANS-SENIOR, for which early stage researcher 13 will collaborate with early stage researchers 1-9
  • a toolbox of strategies for the dissemination and implementation of transitional care interventions as developed through concept-mapping and consensus building procedures

Secondments:

  • Academic secondment & Joint degree university: 
    KU Leuven, Belgium
    Supervisor: Prof. Theo van Achterberg
  • Non-academic secondment: 
    Wit-Gele Kruis van Vlaanderen (White-Yellow Cross of Flanders, community nursing organisation), Belgium

Supervisor: Dr. Kristel de Vliegher

Specific eligibility criteria:

  • Enthusiastic candidate with Master’s degree in Health Care sciences, Nursing Science, Psychology, Medicine or related area
  • Excellent writing skills and familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods

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