Improving the Organisation and Delivery of Regional Diabetic Foot Services

About this project

Diabetes is a national and international epidemic. In the UK a new person is diagnosed every 2 minutes and care of diabetes costs the NHS £1million per hour, every hour. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects 1 in 3 people with diabetes over 50 years of age and the incidence of limb loss is 15 times higher in diabetics. These patients also suffer excessive mortality related to surgical interventions with up to 70% dying within 5 years of surgery. Outcomes for these patients locally are some of the worst in the UK.

To help address this problem he University of Hull is offering the following PhD projects which together will form a cohort of students bridging the gap between basic sciences and clinical applications and trials in this important disease. Projects include collaborations between some of the strongest and most active basic science and clinical research departments within the university.

Improving the organisation and delivery of regional diabetic foot services 

Delivery of and patient access to both elective and urgent foot care is critical in preventing major amputations. This mixed methods project will include:

  • A qualitative review of patient experience and potential barriers to accessing care including a patient priority setting exercise to identify diabetic service research needs.
  • An evaluative investigation of current care delivery in management of diabetic foot disease in primary and secondary care.

The above will be undertaken with a view to designing a structured intervention or remodelling of care with assessment of interventions by care providers and users.


You are strongly advised to contact a potential supervisor and to discuss your research proposal, well before you submit an application. Please refer to the Health research pages.

If you have any queries, please email Mr George Smith or Mr Dan Carradice.

Next steps


To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in a related discipline, together with relevant research experience. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.

Medically qualified applicants in relevant specialties will have the opportunity to undertake clinical sessions and on call duties, with appropriate remuneration, alongside their research. 

How to apply

Applications for scholarship consideration at the University of Hull should be made through the Hull York Medical School postgraduate application system.

Please select PhD in Medical Sciences with a start date of “2018 October, full time” and quote the specific project title you wish to apply for. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to first identify and contact a potential supervisor.

Apply now

Application deadline: Monday 26 March


Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2017/18) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependent on satisfactory progress.