Catheter Associated Urethral Erosion - School of Health Sciences

University of Southampton

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Position type:

Full time

20 Feb 2020
30 Mar 2020

Full details:

Reference number: SOU-1230120CF

PhD Description:  

There is little literature on catheter associated urethral erosion, including prevalence and risk factors. Anecdotally, the number of catheter users experiencing urethral erosion is increasing. Attempts have been made to prevent catheter related trauma, including the introduction of catheter fixation devices, using small gauge catheters and using 100% silicon catheters. However, there is no research to assess whether how well these interventions work.

Potential research aims include to:

  • review current literature on urethral erosion
  • determine whether any patient characteristics (e.g. neurological deficits or care dependency) make people more or less likely to experience erosion
  • determine whether any catheters or related equipment are associated with a higher or lower rate or erosion
  • explore the strategies that catheter users and carers use to minimise urethral trauma.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic nurse, committed to patient-focused and evidence-based care. You will work as a Nurse on Cedar ward at Petersfield hospital which is part of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust whilst undertaking a PhD in Health Sciences with the University of Southampton (research project summary attached).  This full time post is for 5 years and will begin in October 2020. You receive a 0.4 WTE band 5 salary and a stipend of £4,550pa for 54 months. Your part-time PhD fees are paid on your behalf.

This exciting opportunity will enable you to combine clinical practice with a research role. You will work with your nominated clinical mentor and academic supervisors to develop your clinical academic role in both practice and university settings. You will join a thriving and expanding group of Clinical Doctoral Research Fellows using the purpose built Clinical Academic Facilities.

The Clinical team on Cedar work closely with the wider Multi-disciplinary team (OT, physiotherapists, and social services). That works closely with the community care teams to provide the local population with health care services on their doorstep. This is in line with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trusts commitment to improving the quality of community health services across Hampshire. The ward is extremely proud of its reputation locally.


Entry Requirements:

To apply for this post you must have:

  • Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council with six months post registration clinical experience essential
  • At least an upper second class honours degree or a higher degree in a health-related subject (or equivalent)
  • Completed and submitted with your application an outline of a research project proposal stating the name of the research project


Enquiries should be made to:

Community Nurse post please contact:

Dr Jane Williams, Divisional Director (NMoC Transformation) Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship please contact:

Dr Cathy Murphy, Senior Research Fellow


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