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Co-producing stigma-proof mental health interventions with and for newcomers (asylum seekers, refugees and migrants) in Southeast England


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Prof C Llewellyn , Dr Marija Pantelic , Dr Priya Paudyal No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Brighton and Sussex Medical School are offering a 3-year PhD scholarship (full time or 5 years part-time) to be based in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health. We welcome applications to undertake health and social care services research and/or evaluation commencing in September/October 2020. The studentships is linked to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex which aims to develop applied health and social care research across the region for the benefit of patients and the public.
This PhD studentship aims to widen access to evidence-based mental health psychological interventions for common mental health problems among newcomers within our communities who may not be accessing traditional NHS-based services. Improving access to psychological therapies is key to improving mental health outcomes, however we know that multiple forms of stigma and discrimination act as profound barriers to newcomers’ access to health services. The PhD has three objectives:
1. To systematically examine the role that stigma and intersectionality (based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, educational background, unemployment, newcomer status, etc) have on engaging with and accessing mental health services in KSS (and possibly nationally);
2. Together with migrants and health providers, co-produce guidance and materials to mitigate stigma experienced by newcomers and its harmful effects on engagement with mental health and wellbeing services with the aim of optimising quality, uptake and engagement; and
3. To test the effectiveness of these materials on mental health service uptake and engagement through a pilot implementation trial.

We welcome applications from prospective students who have a background and/or interest in psychological/social services for mental wellbeing and/or mental health and will bring skills in communicating with members of the community or co-design of research or services. An interest/ knowledge of marginalised communities and the charitable sector in the south east of England would be an advantage.

This project will be supervised by Professor Carrie Llewellyn, Dr Marija Pantelic and Dr Priya Paudyal from BSMS with Dr Chrissie Jones from The University of Surrey. The project will be aligned to the ARC KSS Primary and Community Care for marginalised groups theme, and will also focus on co-production.

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research communities within ARC KSS and BSMS. Applicants will have completed a psychology, health or social care related postgraduate training course at Master’s level equivalent to merit or distinction with a substantial research training component (such as an ESRC recognised training course), or be willing to undertake additional research methods training.

Funding Notes

This is one of a two fully funded three-year PhD studentships. Stipends, university fees, travel and conference expenses, and consumables are jointly funded by NIHR ARC KSS and BSMS. Both UK/EU and non-EU citizens can apply (home fees will be paid for UK/EU citizens; non-UK/EU citizens will be liable for the difference in fees between the rate for home (EU) students and the overseas student rate).


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