About the Project
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research
3 Year, full-time PhD studentship
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Closing date: 9th November 2020
Interviews: W/C 23 November 2020
Start date: January 2021
Bursary.: Bursary equivalent to UKRI national minimum stipend plus fees (2020/21 bursary rate is £15, 285)
University fees and bench fees at the Home/EU rate will be met by the University for the 3 years of the Studentship.
Supervisors: Dr Catherine Henshall, Dr Mary Malone, Dr Sharon Barrett
Oxford’s research reputation is unparalleled globally, with an outstanding reputation for healthcare excellence; the Oxford Vaccines Group work during the Covid-19 pandemic is a key example. Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, continually engaged in innovative practice. Nurses have substantial contributions to make in shaping healthcare policy and practice to improve service delivery, patient outcomes and care satisfaction. However, the research contribution of nurses to the healthcare agenda is relatively small in comparison to other healthcare disciplines.
Research active, competent and confident nurses have refined decision-making skills and are well placed to provide reliable information to patients making treatment choices. However, unlike other multidisciplinary team members, nurses are less embedded in the research agenda, with a limited research profile; this reduces their potential to fulfil their research aspirations and contribute to national and international research priority setting processes.
The project aims to increase research activity and capacity among clinical nurses through the development of an Environmental Readiness for Research in Clinical Nursing Settings (ERRCNS) tool.
This Mixed Methods project has three phases:
Phase 1: Systematic literature review: This will explore barriers and facilitators to UK clinical nurses undertaking research activity
Phase 2: Twenty interviews will be conducted with clinical care stakeholders at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT) about ideas for increasing research activity amongst clinical nurses.
Phase 3: Phase 1&2 findings will inform the development, implementation and evaluation of the ERRCNS tool at OHFT and OUHFT. The ERRCNS will assess the environmental readiness of clinical settings to support nursing research, identify which are ‘research ready’ and which would benefit from suggested changes. The tool will then reassess ‘research readiness’ to audit changes to the clinical research environment from baseline.
For informal inquiries about the project please contact Dr Catherine Henshall email: [Email Address Removed]
Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.
How to apply:
Applications should be sent to [Email Address Removed] and should include the following application form:
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