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Care model outcomes and experiences of mothers & babies on a low income

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    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

PhD Studentship - Maternity Care Model on Birth Outcomes & Postnatal Care Experience of Mothers & Babies On Low Income

The aim of the PhD project is to develop a new model of caseload holding that is appropriate for criteria-based allocation; understand how much this model impacts on the birth outcomes and early postnatal care for this group of women needing more intensive social care and support and to help commissioners and providers of maternity services target resources effectively.

This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £14,000 each year to support your living costs.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2017

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

48 months

Entry requirements:

Preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master's degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

To apply for this Studentship you must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

Project details

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, working in partnership with University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is offering a Matched-Funded PhD Studentship. To apply for this Studentship you must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

The successful candidate will spend two days per week working as a midwife at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) and 3 days per week working on the PhD research study. The Studentship is for 4 years, which will begin in September 2017. You will be supported by an annual £14,000 stipend and an additional sum to support training and development costs during the Studentship.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop a new model of caseload holding that is appropriate for criteria-based allocation; understand how much this model impacts on the birth outcomes and early postnatal care for this group of women needing more intensive social care and support and to help commissioners and providers of maternity services target resources effectively.

This is an exciting opportunity and will enable an aspiring individual to combine clinical practice with a research role, working across the University and UHS. You will work with supervisors drawn from both academic and clinical institutions in a tri-partite arrangement, and will have access to a wide range of resources to support the project. Formal training in research skills, such as interviewing and focus groups, will be provided through Bournemouth University’s Centre for Qualitative Research and the Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit, with personal development through academic supervisors. You will be part of a large body of doctoral students in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, with access to Postgraduate lectures and support sessions.

View the full project description here.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2017.

Supervisors

Professor Ann Hemingway 

Professor Anne Hemmingway's post focuses on research and enterprise in the field of public health with a specific focus on inequities in health. She is a registered nurse with a PhD and is currently public health lead for research and enterprise within the Centre for Practice Development and the Centre for Wellbeing and Quality of Life.

Dr Mel Hughes 

Mel is a senior lecturer in social work and a practice educator with specific interests in the student experience, practice learning, mental health and substance use.

The third supervisor for this project is Dr Susan Way.

Funding

A fully-funded Studentship includes a maintenance grant of £14,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 48 months. Associated costs, such as for fieldwork and conference attendance, will also be met under the Studentship.

Academic Support

When undertaking a research degree at BU, you will develop research skills in your specific project area and discipline, and you will also have an opportunity to develop wider, transferable skills which will assist in your future employment, whether within or outside academia.

The Researcher Development Framework, developed by the Graduate School in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK), will enable you to enhance your abilities in areas which are not necessarily discipline-specific.

An added benefit is the opportunity to meet researchers from other academic schools at BU through the activities of our Graduate School and benefit from their experiences, skills, and perspectives.

Full entry requirements

For fully funded studentships candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with preferably a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average.

To apply for this Studentship you must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: 

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

How to apply

Click the green ‘Apply now’ button at the top of the page and complete the online application form. You can find further guidance about applying for a postgraduate research degree in our Postgraduate Research section.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2017.

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A research degree can open new career opportunities in commercial research and development, consultancy, or could lead you to starting your own business. You may alternatively consider a career in academia. You may wish to undertake research to contribute to your knowledge of a specialist subject, or develop your employability by enhancing your skills in project management and analysis.

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