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Exploring healthcare workers’ experiences and ethical dilemmas faced during the COVID-19 Pandemic through arts-based practice


Faculy of Arts and Humanities

Wednesday, October 07, 2020 Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship within the multi-disciplinary ‘Well-being and the Arts’ theme within the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities.

The British Medical Association and Health Foundation have drawn attention to the impact the COVID19 pandemic is, and will continue to have in a variety of ways on NHS staff. The specific focus of this PhD research will be the difficult, ethical decisions healthcare workers have had to make when managing patients during the pandemic. Some examples of this include who to prioritise for treatment, whether to treat if PPE is unavailable, whether to return to NHS roles for those who have left the profession, and the need to separate patients from loved ones.

The project will explore the challenges and emotional impacts experienced by health care workers in relation to ethical decision making. The successful candidate will respond to these experiences through arts-practise as well as developing evidence-based recommendations for the support needs of staff.

The project is anticipated to involve the following activities:
- A scoping review of the literature
- Qualitative research to explore ethical dilemmas and the associated emotional impact using social media
- Arts-based practice to represent and communicate healthcare worker experiences
- Formation of recommendations regarding the support needs of healthcare workers

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
PLUS
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
For further details see: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-students/making-an-application/

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact:

Louise Moody
Sally Pezaro

To apply on line please visit:
https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/studentships/fah-exploring-healthcare-workers-experiences-and-ethical-dilemmas-faced-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-through-arts-based-practice

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus one of the following

• For pre-determined (named) projects a 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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