Cardiff University PhD in Healthcare Sciences 2017, UK

Publish Date: Jun 01, 2017

Deadline: Jun 30, 2017

KESS2 PhD in Healthcare Sciences: Young people's social connections during inpatient mental healthcare

This PhD is in the area of young people’s mental health care, and is a partnership between the School of Healthcare Sciences, the Centre for Trials Research, and Cwm Taf University Health Board (UHB) which is contributing £13,500 to the studentship. The project will be on the Health and Care Research Wales Clinical Research Portfolio, with the chief investigator aligned to Cwm Taf UHB.

The project builds on a completed evidence synthesis in the area of ‘risk’, and is driven by this research question: 'What are the interventions and the processes that promote young people’s connection to their education, friends and families during inpatient mental health care?’

Objectives are to:

  1. Explore how health care, social care and teaching practitioners facilitate connections to education, friends and families when young people are in hospital receiving mental health care.
  2. Examine young people’s, family members’ and friends’ experiences of maintaining connections during admission to inpatient mental health care.
  3. Assess the suitability of standardised tools to measure outcomes related to education, friends and families for young people in mental health hospital.
  4. Identify candidate interventions and processes helping young people maintain their connections during periods of inpatient mental health care for testing in a future study.

Three methods will be used to meet objective 1. Qualitative interviews focusing on existing practice will be held with health, social care and education practitioners in Cwm Taf UHB. Documents (eg local policies) will be accessed and treated as data. Care planning meetings and other events (eg classes, groups) will be observed to determine how connections to education, friends and families are addressed.

To meet objective 2, young people and family members will be interviewed and permission will be sought to use electronic and written health care records as data.

To meet objective 3, young people who are inpatients (and, where relevant, families) will be invited to fill in outcome questionnaires about mental health, family relations, friendships and education.

To meet objective 4, interventions and processes identified as helpful to young people and their families will be described in detail, a typology developed and taken forward for refinement and testing in a future multi-site intervention study.

All qualitative data will be managed and thematically analysed, questionnaire data will be subjected to descriptive and inferential analyses and tools will be assessed for their suitability in future studies. The project will close with clear recommendations for policymakers, managers and practitioners in social, health and education services.

Applicants must:

  • have a home or work address in the West Wales and the Valleys region at the time of their application for KESS funding and their enrolment for the course of study
  • have a legal right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the KESS2 support, and the right to take up paid work in the WWV region on completion of the scholarship
  • be classified as a home or EU student.

The convergence area covers West Wales and the Valleys, and is made up of the following 15 local authorities:

  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Gwynedd
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Swansea
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Caerphilly
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Torfaen.

How to apply

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Sciences (start date of October 2017).

In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship/grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from KESS2. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

Candidates should also send a curriculum vitae and covering letter as email attachments to with the words ‘KESS2 CAMHS’ in the subject title.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 17:00 on 30 June 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend for interview.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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