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Co-creating a HealthTech evaluation approach that captures what matters most to people living with one or more long-term conditions

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2024

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

For further details contact Louise Moody


There are a range of evaluation approaches and measures that are commonly used to assess the impact of HealthTech. Arguably these do not always capture what matters most to those living with long-term health conditions as users of the technology. Furthermore, the nature of the methods and measures can be off-putting to potential participants in technology evaluation studies and act as a barrier to participation.

Project details

This research seeks to explore the balance of the data needed to ensure useful, valid and reliable measurement, whilst considering how to design and present measures that are usable and acceptable to participants.
The research will involve comparing and contrasting approaches commonly used in HealthTech evaluation in terms of their appropriateness and acceptability to participants. Co-creation will also be employed to define 'what matters most' to people with long-term conditions, their families and wider communities in order to supplement more traditional approaches to measuring patient outcomes and experiences.
The project is co-funded by the NIHR Devices for Dignity HRC who specialise in the development of innovative health technologies for people with long-term conditions and have a key national role in developing technologies.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Additional specifications

Knowledge and experience in psychometrics, design and/ or co-creation would be beneficial

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Louise Moody 

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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