Closing date: 4pm, 28 February 2020

Start date: April 2020

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

The Evidence Based Procurement Board (EBPB) consists of professionals from within NHS Wales and Welsh research organisations, making recommendations and guidance for value and evidence based procurement of medical technologies for NHS Wales, whilst advising the Shared Services Committee and the Welsh Government Efficiency Healthcare Value & Improvement Group.

The Board assists with the rationalisation and standardisation agenda in line with Prudent Healthcare Principles, and is underpinned with the “Once for Wales” philosophy. It will also assess whether NHS Wales should discard devices/technologies if they are deemed inappropriate or wasteful.

Advice from EBPB is based on rapid review best practice methods. The focus is most usually based on available clinical evidence of effectiveness, safety and where available cost effectiveness evidence. Estimates of economic impact, annual budget impact and other relevant impacts (resource release, patient co-production and other qualitative impacts) for NHS Wales have not so far been incorporated into the assessment process, nor do these impacts get tracked once advice is released and are not currently part of the outputs from EBPB.

Using already released advice the MSc by Research will identify appropriate health economics frameworks and methods to enable the value of EBPB projects already completed with published advice. We anticipate two published advice reports as case studies. The research will explore the possible and impossible, establish understanding the limitations of available data, identify potential collaborations with NHS Wales Information Service (NWIS), procurement and other key NHS stakeholders to explore and identify how a pragmatic estimate of the impact and value of advice can be established. Outcomes would be evaluations of selected EBPB advice and documented methods and techniques to put in place for EBPB advice in the future.

The intended reach and location of the research is NHS Wales, working out of the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL), based in Bridgend, and Swansea University.

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 30 credit award.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,702 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master’s Degree loan.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree in economics or a closely related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see–Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information).

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact [email protected]

Funding Notes

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr Pippa Anderson regarding information on the area of research by email ([email protected]):

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2019-20
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form
  • 2 References (please ask your referees to email their references directly to [email protected])

*The references can take the form of a letter on official headed paper, or via the University’s standard reference form. Please note that references received via private emails accounts (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo) cannot be accepted.

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

Application forms may be submitted in Welsh and any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For any queries please contact [email protected]

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK and EU students.

Application Deadline:

4pm, 28 February 2020

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