As part of ongoing investment into areas of research strength, Teesside University is pleased to offer a number of fully-funded PhD studentships to exceptional doctoral candidates to commence in October 2019.
The School of Health and Social Care invites applications for fully-funded full-time PhD studentship in the following research area:
Centre for Rehabilitation, Exercise and Sports Science https://research.tees.ac.uk/en/organisations/centre-for-rehabilitation-exercise-and-sports-science-cress
RDS19-SHSC4 Development and evaluation of a social prescribing model for mental health
Dr Darren Flynn https://research.tees.ac.uk/en/persons/darren-flynn
Social prescribing (often described as community referral) is a way of linking people with sources of non-medical support within their community, in order to address their holistic needs and encouraging them to take greater control of their own health and health care. Few social prescribing projects are focused exclusively on addressed the holistic needs of mental health service users. Furthermore, they frequently do not explicitly describe the use of a model or theory to optimally ‘personalise’ the process of social prescribing in accordance with knowledge, skills and confidence of individuals to maximise efficiency and person-centred outcomes.
The aim of this research is to design and evaluate a theory-based model of social prescribing in partnership with mental health service users, primary care services and local third sector organisations, and other stakeholder groups, including Teesside University staff and students. A review of the literature and initial stakeholder engagement activity will inform an iterative co-production process to maximise the likelihood that the social prescribing model reflects the priorities, needs, preferences and values of mental health service users. The project will be evaluated using mixed methods.
The studentship will cover tuition fees and provide an annual tax-free stipend of £15,000 for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Applications are welcome from strong UK and International students.
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2:1 or above) and/or Masters level qualification in a relevant discipline, as well as a demonstrable understanding of the area; further details of the expected background may appear in the specific project details. International students would be subject to the standard entry criteria relating to English language ability, ATAS clearance and, when relevant, Tier 4 procedures
How to Apply
Applicants should apply online for this opportunity. Please use the PhD full time online application form. When asked to specify funding select “other” and enter the relevant studentship code given against the topic of project that you applying for in the field required. You should also ensure that you add the studentship code as well as the title of the topic or project on the proposal that you will need to upload when applying. If you would like to apply for more than one project, you will need to complete a further application form and specify the relevant title and code for each application to a topic or project. Please note that applications for funded studentships that do not quote the studentship title AND the Project ID on the proposal will be invalid and your application may not be considered for the appropriate funding.
For academic enquiries, please contact the relevant supervisor or staff in the research area directly. For administrative enquiries, contact [email protected]
Research at Teesside
As a Teesside University research student, you will join a growing and dynamic research community, allowing you to share your experiences, insight and inspiration with fellow researchers. You will benefit from our academic expertise, and be supported through a strong programme of research training. You will be offered opportunities and support at each stage of your research degree. Our research is designed to have impact, and to influence policy and practice within our region, the UK and beyond. We work with external organisations to anticipate and respond to research needs, and to put our research into practice in sectors as diverse as the arts, engineering, healthcare and computing. PhD students are encouraged to work with their supervisors to explore the potential impact of their work.
The successful candidate will be expected to participate fully in research group and centre activities, including training sessions and workshops, and will become a member of the University’s wider postgraduate research community. Mentoring and support will be provided for the development of a strong academic and professional CV during the PhD.
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 29 April 2019
We envisage that interviews will take place in May 2019
Successful applicants will be expected to start on 7th October 2019