Chronic pain in UK minority ethnic populations

Determining prevalence, characteristics and treatment outcomes


An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the College of Health, Science and Society, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Doctoral Academy.

Ref: 2223-APR-CHSS09

The expected start date of this studentship is Saturday 1 April 2023.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 February 2023.

Studentship details

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic post-graduate to conduct three years of funded doctoral studies that determines the prevalence and characteristics of chronic pain and treatment outcomes amongst ethnic minority groups within the UK. We specifically encourage candidates to apply who are from ethnic minority groups within the UK population.

Little is known about chronic pain in UK adult minority ethnic populations. This is an under researched yet vital field as we need to better understand healthcare disparities in access and outcomes for ethnic minority groups.

You will be supported by a supervisory team of internationally recognised academics in the field of pain, clinical outcomes, and epidemiology. Expert supervision will assist you to manage and analyse large datasets in determining the prevalence of chronic pain in ethnic minority groups within the UK adult population. Working together with National Chronic Pain Services at the Royal United Hospitals NHS Trust, Bath will assist in identifying treatment outcomes of ethnic minority groups accessing secondary and tertiary chronic pain services. This clinical academic collaboration will support you in meeting the final objective of determining factors (social, demographic, psychological and clinical presentation) that are associated with treatment outcomes of ethnic minority groups attending chronic pain services.

The successful candidate will have experience of managing and analysing large digital datasets. Masters in a health-related subject is essential. There will be opportunities for developing health research knowledge and skills via the UWE Bristol PhD programme and external training in epidemiological methodology.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please contact Dr Jenny Lewis at


The studentship is available from Saturday 1 April 2023 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £17,668 (2022/23) per annum.

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home).


Applicants must have a Masters qualification and ideally will have experience of managing and analysing datasets.

Eligible for UK applicants only.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2223-APR-CHSS09.

Supporting documentation: You will need to upload your cover letter, 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.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 February 2023.

Further information

It is expected that interviews will take place on weeks commencing Monday 6 March 2023. If you have not heard from us by this date, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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