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Exploring trauma informed practice in services that support children and families in North Cumbria.

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About the Project


At the University of Cumbria, our Centre for Research in Health and Society aims to positively transform health and social care outcomes for all. We welcome a PhD candidate who is passionate about making a real difference to people’s lives.

This PhD is in collaboration with, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research North East North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR NENC ARC). As such you will be joining one other NIHR NENC ARC PhD student at the University of Cumbria and 25 others across NENC.

Trauma informed practice has become more prevalent as psychology and neuroscience has advanced understanding of the impact of trauma on life course development. This PhD may explore trauma informed practice to support children and families who have experienced trauma.

The catalyst for the trauma might be related to the family circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse or neglect, or it might be a response to external events, for example, bullying / victimisation, the recent global pandemic or broader social or environmental issues. It might focus on specific responses to trauma such as self-harm or suicidal ideation or specific groups, such as male victims or victims from within the LGBTQ+ community. The brief is broad to offer you the scope to refine and define your study with your supervisors enabling you to tailor the project to your interests and expertise to some extent. This project is supported by the Director of Public Health in Cumbria County Council.

This PhD offers the applicant the opportunity to explore different models of ‘trauma informed’ practice in a range of settings in order to understand how it is enacted, what benefits it brings to individuals, practitioners and organisations, and how it might be improved.

The aim of the PhD is to produce actionable knowledge which can be used to improve services and so outcomes for people across NENC.


• Fully funded three year PhD including annual stipend.
• Start Date - 1 October 2020.
• Interview Date - First week of September, TBC
• Study Mode - Full time, blended on and off campus.
• UK/EU applicants only.
• We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about making a difference to outcomes across NENC.


Submit an application form and research proposal to Research Student Admissions at:

Download the application form, and guidance to help with writing a research proposal, from our website here:

Please also submit:
PDF scanned copies of the certificates and transcripts (list of degree module grades achieved) for all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees undertaken.

Closing Date for applications: Monday 10 August 2020.

For further information please contact:

Funding Notes

• This PhD is funded by the National Institute for Health Research North East North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR NENC ARC).
• UK/EU Tuition Fees will be funded for the three year, full-time PhD.
• Annual Stipend of £15,285 provided.


• UK/EU applicants only.
• A 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s honours degree, or a Pass with Merit or Distinction Master's degree.
• Degrees in subjects such as health, psychology, social care, community development or youth work are desirable.

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