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Continuity model of midwifery care team: a new way of working

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, May 05, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

To meet one of the key recommendations of Better Births, Salisbury Foundation NHS Trust (SFT) Maternity Department have set up a new Continuity Model of Care Team. This is built on the premise that women who are considered ‘high risk’ benefit from continuity of care led by midwives, alongside benefits to the wider multi-disciplinary team. Research suggests key factors need to be considered when implementing and sustaining midwife-led models of care, including prevention of burnout which is associated with low job control and long working hours.

Although such models offer greater agency for midwives (increased professional autonomy, meaningful relationships with women, and collegial support to maintain work/life balance), there can be challenges within host units including a clash of models and culture. It is therefore important to understand the implications of introducing such new ways of working for both midwives and the wider organisation and this study aims to address these gaps.

Aim: To explore the impact of a new Continuity Model of Care Team on midwifery practice.


1. To develop insights into the process of introducing Continuity of Care within a Midwifery setting;
2. To engage with midwives’ views and experiences of working within a Continuity of Care approach;
3. To explore how a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach may facilitate midwives to embrace new ways of working.

How to apply:

Applications are made via our website using the Apply Online button below. If you have an enquiry about this project please contact us via the Email NOW button below, however your application will only be processed once you have submitted an application form as opposed to emailing your CV to us.

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

The PhD Studentships are open to UK, EU and international students. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years and must demonstrate:

• A 1st class honours degree and/or a relevant Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Additional Eligibility

To apply for this Studentship you MUST be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) . Please note interviews will be held at the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in May and that your clinical placement time (2 days a week) will be spent at UHS.

Funding Notes

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

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