Computer Science: KESS PhD Studentship: Digitising Nurse-led Medicines Monitoring Profiles

Closing date: 15 July 2016

Key Information

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

PhD Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Computer Science

Subject study: Digitising Nurse-led Medicines Monitoring Profiles

Brief Summary of the Project:

The project will digitise a paper-based health monitoring instrument. We shall then test reliability, validity and obtain service users’ views before exploring integration with NHS electronic systems.

The West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction (WWADR) Profiles (1,2) for addressing problems potentially related to medicines are clinically effective in paper form (3-5). We will be working with a local company to digitise these as monitoring and reporting instruments, customised to users’ needs. We shall:

  1. Review the literature on ADR (6) monitoring and electronic devices.
  2. Digitise the paper profiles on a mobile platform with business intelligence and ability to save and transfer data to a secure server.
  3. Evaluate and refine the platform through: cognitive interviews with intended users, nurses, service users, and pharmacists; inter-rater and test-retest reliability (1).
  4. Demonstrate reporting of findings and audits.
  5. Pilot introduction of the platform into NHS electronic systems, including Community Care Information Solutions for Wales (CCIS), evaluating patient outcomes using routine data. 
  6. Interview staff and service users regarding costs, benefits and barriers to using the electronic profiles.
  7. Integrate the profiles with electronic medical records systems in primary care, including SAIL, and explore the potential for SAIL to generate combined reports of prescriptions and adverse drug reactions.
  8. Develop methods to integrate the profile with secondary care record systems.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.


  1. Gabe ME, Jordan SE. (2014) Development and clinical gains of nurse-led medication monitoring profiles. J Nurs Manag. 22(3), 331-349
  2. Harvey S., Jordan S. (2010) Diuretics: Implications for Nursing Practice. Nursing Standard, 24(43), 40-49
  3. Jordan S, Gabe-Walters ME, Watkins A, Humphreys I, Newson L, Snelgrove S, Dennis M. (2015) Nurse-Led Medicines' Monitoring for Patients with Dementia in Care Homes: A Pragmatic Cohort Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Trial. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140203. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140203
  4. Gabe ME, Murphy F, Davies GA, Russell IT, Jordan S (corresponding author)* 2014 Medication monitoring in a nurse-led respiratory outpatient clinic: pragmatic randomised trial of the West Wales Adverse Drug Reaction Profile. PLOS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096682 PloneOne Volume 9 | Issue 5 | e96682
  5. Jordan S. Managing Adverse Drug Reactions: An Orphan Task.  Developing nurse-administered evaluation checklists.  Journal of Advanced Nursing 2002;38:5: 437-448.
  6. Gabe M, Murphy F, Davies G, Davies M., Johnstone L., Jordan S.  Adverse events and nurse-led medication monitoring. Journal of Nursing Management 2011; 19, 377-392


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Computer Science or a related subject.

Additional skills and experience required:

  1. Microsoft dot Net programming  - database connected web apps
  2. Android app development
  3. Excellent oral and written English
  4. Willingness and ability to communicate with NHS professionals

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Microsoft SQL programming
  2. Microsoft Server administration
  3. Understanding of health services research methods
  4. Ability to communicate in Welsh

For more information on eligibility criteria, please refer to section C of the‌ KESS II Participant Proposal Form  . For any queries regarding Section C- Eligibility, please contact


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,198 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Guidance Notes  and  KESS II Participant Proposal Form . There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Sue Jordan regarding information on the area of research, particularly via email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form
  2. Complete the KESS Supplementary Application Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates 
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the  KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only). For any other queries, please contact:

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 15th July 2016.

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