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The Development and implementation of Sustainable Transformation Plans and local Accountable Care Systems

  • School: Nottingham Business School
  • Starting: 2018
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Self-funded


The NHS and Social Care in the UK, and healthcare systems in other countries face problems of decreasing resources and increasing demand and there is a requirement to manage resources strategically to ensure economic, efficient and effective delivery of services (Prowle and Harradine 2015). There is also a need for issues to be examined strategically for public services to operationalise joint working of public, private and third sector organisations to facilitate effective delivery (Prowle, Harradine et al. 2013).

Over the last three years’ a team at Nottingham Business School has been commissioned to investigate significant challenges in the health and social care system in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. It has looked at attendances at the Accident and Emergency Department at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and at improvements to the hospital discharge arrangements at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield (Harradine, Murphy & Prowle 2015, 2016, Murphy & Harradine 2015, 2016). The team have also looked at the healthcare systems public assurance, accountability and transparency nationally (Ferry & Murphy 2015, 2016) and internationally (Prowle & Harradine2015).

The team has recently been commissioned by the local commissioners to investigate the development and application of Sustainable Transformation Planning and the move to Accountable Care Systems in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. An investigation of this ongoing process will form the basis of the proposed PhD. The University has a history of working with health and social-care organisations and can therefore assist in access for the study. It is expected that a mixed methods approach will be used for the study.

The primary purpose of NBS recent research has been based around 5 fundamental principles – helping to develop and improve economic, efficient and effective public services that are sustainable in the long term and treat all people and communities equably in their exposure to the individual and collective risks.


Professor Peter Murphy

Entry qualifications

An applicant for admission to read for a PhD should normally hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a UK university or an equivalent qualification, or a lower second class honours degree with a Master's degree at Merit level of a UK university or an equivalent qualification.

International students will also need to meet the English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0). Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. A research proposal (between 1,000 and a maximum of 2,000 words) must be submitted as part of the application.

For more information please visit the NTU Doctoral School – Research Degrees webpages.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications are accepted all year round.

Download an application form here.
Please make sure you take a look at our application guidance notes before making your application.

Further information on how to apply can be found on this page.

Fees and funding

This is a self-funded PhD opportunity.

Guidance and support

Further information on guidance and support can be found on this page.

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Peter Murphy