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The development of a cancer action plan to respond to the health inequities faced by LGBT patients and their families:

School of Nursing and Midwifery | PHD

Applications are now CLOSED
Reference Number
Application Deadline
28 February 2023
Start Date
2 October 2023


LGBT people are more likely to be diagnosed with lung, breast, cervical, anal and liver cancer than their heterosexual peers. In addition to a higher cancer burden, following diagnosis, they often have poorer health , difficulties accessing services, lower quality of life and poorer mental health.

This project aims to develop a cancer action plan that is responsive to the needs of LGBT people affected by cancer in the UK. Through partnership working the action plan will identify priorities for research and practice and robust strategies for service improvement delivery.
We will do this by:

1. Synthesising and appraising the literature regarding unmet supportive care needs of LGBT people affected by cancer.
2. Giving depth and breadth to the issues identified in objective 1 by conducting qualitative interviews with LGBT patients and their partners affected by cancer across the UK.
3. Building on objective 1 and 2 by ascertaining depth and breadth to the issues faced by LGBT patients by conducting qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals and relevant stakeholders throughout the UK.
4. Using objective 1,2,3 to develop priorities and strategies for research and practice for LGBT patients and their families affected by cancer through a 2 day multi-stakeholder workshop.

How to Apply:
Complete the online application by clicking on the Apply now button or via this link
Applicants must supply a cover letter (2 pages max) detailing your interest and experience applicable to this PhD and should attach this when prompted to upload a proposal.

Closing date: 28 February 2023
Anticipated interview date: 24 March 2023

For further information please contact: Dr Olinda Santin at

Funding Information

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast is offering one Department for the Economy studentship which is open to international applicants only for October 2023 entry. Eligibility and funding information is available here:

Please note that this is a competitive award – there are 9 advertised projects for 1 international DfE Award which can be found at this link:

Essential criteria:
IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0, and a 2.1 class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master’s degree in a relevant healthcare subject.
Experience of empirical data collection and analysis.

Desirable criteria:
A 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.
A publication Record.

Applications are also considered throughout the year from applicants who have secured external funding or are willing to self-fund the project.

Project Summary

Dr Olinda Santin

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Research Profile

Primary Supervisor:
Dr Olinda Santin, Reader at QUB School of Nursing and Midwifery -

Mode of Study

Full-time: Full Time

Funding Body
International DfE – competition
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