The purpose of employing ten clinical PhD candidates is to establish closer connections between research and development and the field of practise and contribute to the development and improvement of healthcare services and practice studies.
The candidates work partly at OsloMet and partly in the field of practice.
Forty percent of the position is spent in practice with partners such as Oslo Municipality, Oslo University Hospital, Akershus University Hospital (Ahus), and municipalities in Akershus.
In these settings, the candidates contribute to developing excellent learning environments and provide guidance to practice supervisors and staff in professional development positions.
A 40/60 distribution of the position means that the candidates spend five years on their doctoral degree, which is two years longer than the standard programme.
The candidates follow the PhD programme in health sciences and are members of a research group.
The research component
In the research component (sixty percent), the candidates conduct a PhD project in health sciences at OsloMet.
The primary task in the research component is to plan and carry out the research project that will lead to a PhD in health sciences.
The candidates are affiliated with academic departments and research groups at OsloMet, each having a primary supervisor there.
Additionally, the candidates are associated with a relevant academic and research environment at a collaborating institution, with a co-supervisor from that institution.
The research projects are anchored in the field of practice and, in the initial phases, employ principles of needs-led research, for example, inspired by the James Lind Alliance (JLA).
The practice component
In the practice component (forty percent), which focuses on practice development, the candidates work to establish strong collaboration between research, practice, and education, with the goal of conducting needs-led research and evidence-based practice.
The work aims to enhance the quality of OsloMet's students' practice by facilitating and fostering collaboration between the practice site and OsloMet.
The practice component also contributes to strengthening user orientation in the field to which the candidates are affiliated. The candidates lead or contribute to various practice projects.
This should lead to increased collaboration between research, professional development, education/guidance, and clinical work.
The projects in the practice component have different focuses and content but primarily revolve around evidence-based initiatives in the field.
Additionally, the goal is to improve the quality of student practice training and develop models for practical training. This will occur within individual professions but also from an interdisciplinary and broader perspective of healthcare services.
Student projects contribute in various ways, either by further developing existing work in the practice field or by creating new arenas for this purpose.
The Bridge-Building Initiative will, therefore, gather a wide range of experiences in collaboration with practice, research, and professional development by generating knowledge and applying it in practical work or education.
This way, the candidates acquire diverse experience through their own PhD projects and the practice component of their positions. In this manner, they gain unique expertise as "bridge-builders."
The Bridge-Building Initiative
The Bridge-building Initiative at the Faculty of Health Sciences aims to establish closer connections between research, education, and clinical practice. By identifying the needs of users, we ensure that research and education are relevant and beneficial to society.