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Emerging new roles in maternity services: facilitating change in practice using Participatory Action Research

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

Project Description

The policy document ‘Better Births’ proposes midwife-led continuity of care as a key recommendation for building improved maternity services within England. Continuity of care means that women will know the midwife who cares for them throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. Women who receive midwife-led continuity models of care are less likely to experience intervention and are more satisfied with their care. Such relationship-based care approaches empower women to take control of their childbirth journey. In addition, midwives using this model of care appear fulfilled and believe they practice midwifery in its purest form. 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.

The project is part of a programme of work between Salisbury Foundation NHS Trust (SFT) and Bournemouth University that is beginning to build research expertise in the clinical area. Bournemouth University currently has 10 match-funded PhD studentships with one successful completion within the stipulated timeframe. The student will benefit from existing collaborations with Professor Lee-Ann Fenge [Professor of Social Care], Dr Cescutti-Butler, an experienced midwife and neonatal practitioner with research interests in the late pre-term infant, newborn infant physical examination and women’s maternity experiences and Dr Rawnson, an experienced midwife academic with research expertise in caseloading practice. We anticipate a minimum of two academic papers for submission to leading health professional journals, such as BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth (IF 2.83) and Midwifery (IF 2.262).

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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