I met the new group of students enrolled on the Professional doctorate this week. They are all doing really interesting and clinically valuable projects. Although they have two years of taught modules before their research phase, they already have strong research ideas that come from their clinical practice:
Sian Lewis: How to improve compliance with dietary advice amongst patients with head and neck cancers following gastrostomy tube insertion
Janice Waters: Developing a tool to identify and assess children with behavioural problems that have a sexual dimension
Suzanne Harris: Evaluating the impact of discharging patients early following surgery
Claire McCarthy: the implementation of a nurse led minor injury clinic- perceptions of clinical and patient populations
Cath O’Brien: Examining the educational needs of trainee pharmacists
Mark Jones: Ensuring evidence based mental health care
Ricky Hellyar: Why haematology patients choose to participate in clinical trials?
Kate Deacon: How can we assess patients for delirium in intensive care settings?
They asked for my top tips for surviving a phd…..so here they are…
Start writing now and keep writing- the more you do the better you get
Get it written, don’t get it right- we are not interested in perfection
Keep talking to your supervisors
Don’t think of the whole thesis or even ‘chapters’ (too scary), break it down into bite sized chunks that you can manage- from a thesis, down to 10,000 word chapters and in each chapter there could be 5 sections….so think in 2,000 word sections that are doable
It is all about perseverance, so keep calm and keep going….