Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health - competitive full-time three year funded PhD studentship
Project title: Investigating the transition for women and their partners between midwifery and health visiting services.
Supervisors: Professor Jane Appleton, Dr Louise Hunter
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only ---- (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)
Closing date: 11th July 2016
Start Date: 19th September 2016
Value p.a.: Bursary of £14296 for academic year 2016/17 & fees
First or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a university in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in a health-related topic, e.g. public health, nursing, midwifery, psychology, health studies. A Masters degree desirable.
EU Applicants requirement
An IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre or relevant undergraduate degree awarded by UK University within the last two years.
To investigate the transition for women and their partners between midwifery and health visiting services.
It is increasingly recognised that good postnatal care has the potential to improve the physical and psychological health of women, their partners and babies. Postnatal care is, however, still the Cinderella of the maternity service, and the recent National Maternity Review called for increased resources in this area. In the 2015 Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, postnatal care was identified as a missed opportunity for improving the nation’s health. The timing and content of postnatal care, and the way in which it is experienced by women and their families, is therefore of paramount importance. Within the revised service model for health visiting, the Transition to Parenthood and the early weeks has been identified as one of the six high impact areas of practice (DH, 2015). One important aspect of postnatal care is the handover from maternity to health visiting services. Indeed the Department of Health (2012) has also proposed a partnership and pathway for pregnancy and the early weeks between health visiting and midwifery services. It therefore appears timely that this project would examine the transition for women and their partners between midwifery and health visiting services. The researcher would probably want to use a mixed methods approach to examine this important transition period.
Students will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration.
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With your application enclose a CV and a short Research Proposal (max 2000 words) outlining your thoughts on how you would approach the topic, plus scanned copy of degree certificates and transcripts and two academic references, plus if appropriate scanned copy of an IELTS certificate.
Final selection interview held 15th August, 2016.
Successful applicant will be subject to DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport.