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Equity of access to treatment for head and neck cancer: focused interventions for marginalised groups.

*Please note, this project is self-funded*

Project details

First supervisor: Dr Suzanne Scott

Second supervisor: Mr Richard Oakley

Duration: 3-4 years

Mode of study: Full-time or part-time

Funding: Self-funded

Eligibility: Home, EU and overseas

Application deadline: Open until a suitable candidate is found

Reference number: 2021/DOCS/01

Project description

Prognosis for head and neck cancer is dependent on timely diagnosis and prompt treatment. However, some patients face difficulties in accessing, attending or completing treatment due to ongoing issues with addiction or their mental health. Without support, these marginalised groups may not receive optimal treatment and may suffer worse outcomes as a result.

The focus of this doctoral research will be to assess the impact of a new community support service for patients with addiction and/or mental health issues. This will involve assessment of the acceptability to patients, the effect on treatment pathways and investigation of the scope to extend this support to other cancer pathways.

To view entry requirements and further course information, see the general prospectus page at Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD. 

Next steps

How to apply

Please apply online at following these steps:

  1. Register a new account or log in
  2. Once logged in, select Create a new application
  3. Enter 'Dental & Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time/Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study
  4. Select a start date  
  5. Applications must include the project reference number 2021/DOCS/01 in the 'Research proposal' and 'Funding (point 5)' sections of the application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss projects with the first supervisor prior to submitting an application. 

Contact for further information

Dr Suzanne Scott (

Related research division: Centre for Oral, Clinical & Translational Sciences

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