Press Release

05 June 2014

The England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) has received scholarship funding from Health Education England (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) to provide one scholarship for a part-time, five-year PhD project.

This funding will pay for the programme, fees and a small annual grant for researcher development support and will start from October 1, 2014.

The ECPD, hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social at Canterbury Christ Church University, is part of an international network of practice developers leading the way in research and collaborative work-based programmes to improve patient safety and promote person centred, safe and effective evidence based practice across a range of health and social care services.

The scholarship offered must cover one of the following areas:

  • The development of a person centred intervention as a response to a current practice issue.
  • Developing person centred workplace cultures through leadership or facilitation.
  • Knowledge mobilisation/diffusion in relation to enhancing service user experience in evidence implementation.
  • Facilitating learning, inquiry, development and effectiveness in the workplace.
  • A topic that focuses on innovation strategies for developing an integrated workforce across the patient pathway to deliver on person centred safer and more effective care.

Applicants must be working for a Kent, Surrey or Sussex provider of NHS care and the work must be participative, action oriented and include service users. The closing date for applications is Monday, 30 June.

Interested candidates can contact either Professor Jan Dewing ( or Professor Kim Manley CBE ( to discuss the application process. 

Details can be obtained from the University Graduate School website:

Notes to Editor

  • The England Centre for Practice Development is hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University. It is part of an international network of practice developers who are members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). It is committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centered, safer and more effective.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest provider of education, training and skills to the public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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