HRB Collaborative Doctoral Award in Multimorbidity

A position currently open for a Pharmacy PhD post as part of the Collaborative Doctoral Award in Multimorbidity, commencing September 2018. This will involve a pilot cluster RCT of the current GP in Pharmacy project.  

This is a structured doctoral training programme for a cohort of four clinical and non-clinical researchers in primary care, underpinned by the research theme of complex multimorbidity, supported by a consortium of international, experienced inter-disciplinary senior multimorbidity researchers and PhD educators. The four PhD students will participate in the HRB SPHERE Programme with parallel training in multimorbidity research, commencing in September 2018 (

Patients with complex multimorbidity (i.e. higher numbers of chronic conditions and significant polypharmacy) have poorer health outcomes and significantly higher healthcare costs. They experience treatment burden and challenges around adhering to treatment advice, managing medicines, coordination of health and social care and patient related costs of care. The proposed PhD projects will address these interlinked but distinct areas within multimorbidity research.

The Pharmacy PhD student will engage in the following projects:

PhD Project 4:

Host Institution: RCSI

Lead Supervisors, Prof Susan Smith and Dr Barbara Clyne

PhD student discipline: Pharmacy (Clinical)

Topic area: Pilot cluster RCT of the General Practice-based Pharmacist (GPP) Medicines Optimisation Programme

For further information please email Prof Susan Smith at