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Developing and testing culturally adapted suicide prevention interventions for Postnatal Mothers in South Asian Countries (GCRF)

Project Description

The University of Manchester (UoM) and global partner, Pakistan Institute of Living and learning (PILL) has been awarded funding by the Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) – (through their PHD Programme Awards in Health and wellbeing in Global Inequalities to support one studentship (from April 2020/September 2020).

The PHD award offers supervision from renowned academics in Global Mental Health, influential in collaborative work to address the evidence gaps and building research capacity and capability in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). The scheme will prepare students for a career in global mental health related research, working across boundaries and being part of influential and diverse population of talented international researchers.

The PHD studentship project Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of Culturally Adapted Manual Assisted Brief Psychological Intervention for Pakistani Postnatal Mothers (CMAP-P) with Active Suicidal Ideation is an exciting opportunity to gain expertise in several areas. This includes relevant research methodology, cultural adaptation, scope of work partnering with acclaimed institutions to undertake high quality research and seeking to address global challenges. The studentship offers access to networks and buildings on existing projects namely GCRF funded South Asian Self Harm Initiative, Medical Research Council (MRC) Funded Youth Culturally Adapted Manual Assisted Brief Psychological Intervention and MRC funded Multicenter RCT to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a culturally adapted therapy (C-MAP) in patients with a history of self-harm.

The project aims to support the development of a student to culturally adapt an existing intervention to a target population, namely mothers with post-natal depression, research methodology in investigating feasibility and acceptability, determine outcome measures for a future definitive RCT of the proposed intervention and explore barriers and facilitators in recruitment and retention of the target population. Lastly to gain qualitative experience by exploring the lived experience of Pakistani postnatal mothers with active SI and experiences of participating in CMAP-P feasibility trial.

Working with a supportive and dynamic research group at the forefront in this field with an outstanding track record of developing early career researchers, established international collaborations to support academic development in LMICs bringing together scholars from United Kingdom and Pakistan is an exciting opportunity.

The studentship will support funding for the programme will include:
• Tuition fees (international student)
• Stipend (UKRI rate)
• Research training grant (project running costs) (£5000pa)
• Training allowance for PG Cert/pre-sessional (£1,250pa)
• Travel allowance (£375pa)

The proposed project offers a strong global supervisory team working under the umbrella of NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC (Panagioti) and the Global Mental Health group (Hussain; Ramkisson); with extensive experience in designing, delivering and implementing high quality research to suicide prevention and patient safety in vulnerable and marginalised patient groups. Co-supervisor Professor Chaudhry is a consultant psychiatrist and Chief Executive Officer of PILL particularly interested in developing culturally appropriate services and improving access to culturally adapted cost-effective psychosocial therapies for common mental disorders. She has experience in maternal mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention research in Pakistan and in UK.

Entry Requirements
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area / subject.

If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Primary Care and Health Services Research. Full details on how to apply can be found on the GCRF website

Funding Notes

The GCRF PhD studentship programme is a 4 year programme with integrated teaching certificate. There are up to 12 studentships available. Applicants can apply to one project which will start in either April or September 2020.

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (around £15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant, training allowance and travel allowance.

As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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