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Strategies & Training to Educate & Empower Midwives

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PhD Studentship - Strategies & Training to Educate & Empower Midwives Assisting Pregnant Women Exposed to Domestic Abuse

The PhD research project will use a mixed methods approach to understand the experiences of women affected by domestic abuse and the midwives who care for them. Objectives are to: a) explore the experiences of women using the maternity services who are subjected to domestic abuse; b) to investigate strategies and modes of training to equip midwives to enquire about domestic abuse and, c) to develop a range of options for an education package including teaching packs, simulation and handbooks of best practice strategies.  

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.

You must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) and eligible to practice.

Project Details

The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University working in partnership with Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (DCH) 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) and eligible to practice.

The successful candidate will spend two days per week working as a midwife at DCH 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 PhD research project will use a mixed methods approach to understand the experiences of women affected by domestic abuse and the midwives who care for them. Objectives are to: a) explore the experiences of women using the maternity services who are subjected to domestic abuse; b) to investigate strategies and modes of training to equip midwives to enquire about domestic abuse and, c) to develop a range of options for an education package including teaching packs, simulation and handbooks of best practice strategies.

This is an exciting opportunity and will enable an aspiring individual to combine clinical practice with a research role, working across the University and DCH. 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 10 May 2017.

Supervisors

Dr Lee-Anne Fenge

Dr Lee-Anne Fenge began her professional career as an Education Welfare Officer in London in 1984. In 1987 she undertook a Masters in Social Work at the LSE, and then worked in various social work posts in London and Dorset including hospital based social work and local area offices working with older people and disability groups. She has worked at Bournemouth University since 1995, teaching on a variety of programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate areas. She completed her doctorate in 2008, and has been involved in a variety of research and enterprise projects linked to the use of participative methodologies with both older people and youth, specifically linked to issues associated with social inclusion and the voice of under-represented groups. She has written about participative research, disenfranchised grief, doctoral education, and research with older people.

Dr Vanessa Heaslip 

Dr Vanessa Heaslip is a Principal Academic in the Faculty of Health and Social Science at Bournemouth University. She has extensive experience in nursing and nurse education. In 2015, she was awarded Bournemouth University Postgraduate Research Prize for her unstinting commitment and dedication to the pursuit of higher knowledge concerning disadvantaged and marginalised groups. In addition, she had also been nominated for numerous awards for innovative approaches in medical education as well as the inclusion of the patient voice in nurse education.

Dr Jenny Hall 

 Dr Jenny Hall has been involved in the NHS for over 35 years having trained initially at the Middlesex hospital in London and then as a midwife in the East of England. She has been teaching students all this time, either in practice, publication or in higher education. She has worked in HEI in Yorkshire, the west of England and now in Bournemouth. She has written widely around midwifery subjects, with particular interest in spirituality related to childbirth and midwifery. She is the best-selling author of ‘Midwifery, mind and spirit-emerging issues of care’ and joint author of the Midwifery Essentials practice series, translated into Portuguese for Brazil, Polish and Indonesian. She was editor of, ‘The Practising midwife’ journal for ten years and remain on the editorial board and sub-editor for Women and Birth. Dr Jenny have been interested in creative methods for education and research and used these in my Doctor of Education thesis exploring the meanings and art of midwifery in: ‘the Essence of the art of a midwife’ available from http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/16560/ My research interests are holism, spirituality, normality of midwifery and birth, dignity of care, arts-based methods and education in relation to midwifery.

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.

You must be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) and eligible to practice. 

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 10 April 2017.

Interviews will be held at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in June 2017

Careers

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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