Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship at Nord University: Initiatives for Safeguarding Medicines Management

    29/06/2022 10:30 - Europe/Brussels
    HE / MSCA
    Norway, Bodø
    Nord University
    Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences

“Call for Expression of Interest” by 20th April 2022.

The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, calls for expressions of interest from early career researchers to apply for an EU-funded Marie Skłodowska Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellowship (MSCA-PF-2022). We will then work with selected applicants to write their full proposal for the 14th September 2022 deadline. Details at: https://www.nord.no/en/research/funding/msca/Pages/default.aspx.

The Faculty is interested to host and train post-doctoral fellows in research areas related to medicines management with a focus on the following topics in combinations:

  • Diseases:
    • Long-term psychiatric and mental health disorders
    • Cognitive disorders including dementia and Alzheimer
  • Care recipients:
    • Older adults (≥65 years)
  • Aspects of care:
    • Complex medicines management needs
    • Medicines management at transitional care
    • Connection between healthcare settings and patients’ own home
    • Multidisciplinary teamwork at the community healthcare level
    • Involvement of all stockholders in medicines management

Psychiatric and cognitive disorders among older adults impose a significant burden from economic and social aspects on communities and healthcare systems. Moreover, the improvement of the quality of health care delivered to these patients through innovative and community-based initiatives has been recognized as a priority aiming at the reduction of the healthcare burden.

Psychotic symptoms, behavioural disturbances, and mood changes, and other physical problems among these patients make medicines management as the first option to relieve patients’ suffering, and improve their quality of life and functional and cognitive statues. However, many problems with regard to adherence to the medication regimen, side effects of medications and related adverse drug reactions for these patients in both short-term and long-term healthcare settings have been reported in the international literature.

The cornerstones of initiatives aiming at the improvement of quality and safety in medicines management are the development of strategies that consider patients and families at the centre, invite the collaboration of all healthcare professionals involved in medicines management from healthcare settings and communities, and emphasize the transfer of care to patients’ own home. In addition, innovative strategies and initiatives should have practical implications for the healthcare context in which they are designed, comply with local and governmental strategic plans, include new advancements and e-health, and have the capacity to be used as blueprints by those who are looking for successful examples of medication safety for patients with long-term and chronic diseases.

Researchers with an excellent international background are invited to present their innovative research ideas, plan for conducting a high quality research, and take part in the improvement of knowledge and skills regarding medicines management. The stated research topic in this call has the capacity of participation by multi-professionals in healthcare including nurses, pharmacists and physicians for designing a research project in various countries that can be used by various healthcare disciplines and in various healthcare settings.

The candidates may want to address issues relating to:

  • Patients’ independence
  • Patients’ and families’ involvement
  • Interdependence between home care and healthcare settings
  • Medicines management leadership
  • Interprofessional medicines management
  • Continuity of care
  • Prevention of polypharmacy, interactions, medications’ side effects and adverse drug reactions
  • Discharge planning and home visit
  • Education and empowerment
  • e-Health in medicines management

The successful candidate will be supervised by, Mojtaba Vaismoradi, PhD, RN and Hege Sletvold, PhD, Cand.Pharm. The candidate shall be a member of faculty-based Clinical Nursing and Ethics research group.

Professor Vaismoradi is a Professor in Nursing and an international researcher that specifically works on the safety of medicines management. He has a vast research experience in health care and improvement of medication safety using both quantitative and qualitative designs.

Hege Sletvold is an Associate Professor in Pharmacy, with interests and expertise within medication safety and management. She has research experience in health service research, with broad experience regarding research methods.

Expected qualification of candidates

Candidates must have a PhD within nursing, pharmacy, or other related health sciences. We are primarily looking for experienced researchers who wish to use this period as an opportunity to further develop their research, and to develop longer term research collaborations with Nord University and other institutions conducting research in the field. The candidates must be eligible for a Horizon Europe MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Besides good verbal and writing skills in English it is ‘mandatory’ to be proficient in one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish).

We are looking for applicants who have

  • Broad knowledge of nursing, pharmacy, and/or other related health sciences
  • An excellent track record in research and publications in both qualitative and quantitative research traditions on ‘medicines management’ that is necessary for being able to develop a competitive Marie Curie Fellowship application
  • An open and cooperation-oriented nature, with strong abilities for independent academic work.

MSCA PF eligibility criteria

  • MSCA PF are open to excellent researchers of any nationality.
  • Researchers must be in possession of a doctoral degree.
  • At the call deadline, researchers must have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility rule: The researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

Assessment and selection of candidates

Please send a CV, including publications list and a one-page description of the project idea by 20th April 2022 to forskning.fsh@nord.no and vilija.duleviciute@nord.no

Administrative information on MSCA from Vilija Duleviciute, vilija.duleviciute@nord.no.

In the first step of the process we will choose the candidates for developing competitive MSCA-Postdoctoral grant applications. These qualified candidates will be invited to submit a proposal to the EU funded MSCA-PF programme. Applicants will be shortlisted by an internal panel and informed if they have been selected for the next stage within one month, by 1st May 2022.

A proposal writing workshop will be held for applicants on 4th May 2022.

The selected applicants will develop their MSCA-PF proposal in cooperation with their future supervisors at the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition, they will be offered individual consultations and review of their MSCA-PF proposal.

Inquiries can be sent to Professor Mojtaba Vaismoradi at: mojtaba.vaismoradi@nord.no.


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