Virtual Reality based intervention for the Management of Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain (HSP) in people affected by a stroke

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An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the Faculty of Health and Applied Science, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by UWE Bristol.

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 January 2023.

About the Studentship

Applications are invited from ambitious, self-motivated and enthusiastic candidates, with a background in a health-related discipline to work on a fully-funded PhD studentship. Funding and stipend are provided by UWE Bristol to develop a Virtual Reality (VR) based intervention for the Management of Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain (HSP) in people with Stroke. HSP has a reported incidence of up to 40% that results in reduced functional use of the arm, interference with rehabilitation, higher rates of depression and poorer quality of life.

The aim of this project is to develop an intervention using virtual reality (VR) that provides visual feedback (presented through a head-mounted device) and through sensors applied on the arm during repetitive upper-limb tasks/exercises to reduce shoulder pain and improve function in people with stroke. The results of the proposed PhD research will inform the design of a post-doctoral definitive randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of the VR interventions to treat HSP in stroke population. The programme of research will provide the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity to develop a wide range of research skills and experiences in preparation for a post-doctoral clinical research journey. The PhD researcher will be primarily based at Glenside campus, UWE Bristol within the Centre for Health and Clinical Research, and will be expected to directly engage with relevant healthcare professionals and people with stroke via University Hospitals Bristol and Weston, North Bristol NHS Trusts and Charity organisations.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Praveen Kumar at [email protected]

Funding details

The studentship is available from the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences from 1 January 2023 for a period of four years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £16,602 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to four years (Home/EU rates only).

Please note: Overseas applicants will be required to cover the difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates in each year of study.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have minimum of 2:1 in a health-related discipline (and ideally will have a Masters).

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2223-JAN-HAS03.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your research proposal, all your degree certificates and transcripts and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application so please have these available when you complete the application form.

Further information

Interviews will take place in September 2022.  If you have not heard from us by October 2022, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.


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