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KESS MbyRes Studentship: From Red Sea House: A multi-methods study to map dementia care in order to improve the lives of older people from minority ethnic backgrounds living in residential care

   Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

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About the Project

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a study that seeks to address the following questions:

1. What are the lived experiences of Somali elders living with dementia in residential care?

2. How can implementation of quality care using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) be effectively supported for older people from BME backgrounds?

3. What role can the process and related digital communication outputs play in enhancing dementia care delivery?

The selected candidate will apply their research skills and experience to understand the ways Somali elders living with dementia and their carers seek information, and how they experience the assessment process, and live with dementia using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) as an investigative framework and tool. This will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of dementia research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales. KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The successful candidate will work with academics Dr Roiyah Saltus, a Principal Research Fellow with two decades of working in the field of health and social inequities, and Dr Walter Tasosa, a Mental Health lecturer and researcher who prior to commencing his career in academia a few years ago was in clinical practice for more than 18 years, working in a wide range of capacities, including, management and practice development. The project is backed by behavioural change specialists, eHealth Digital Media (eHDM) who the candidate will also work closely with. The company created PocketMedic which puts high quality, motivational, health information films directly into the pocket of patients and healthcare professionals to be watched at a time and place of their choosing, please see .

The Studentship will allow for immersive engagement with the creative work of PocketMedic in the development of the filming of a learning resource for carers undertaken at Red Sea House which is run by Taff Housing. The process of using DCM in a residential care setting will be captured on film. The film will be used to share the experience with others and show the value of the DCM as well as the learning points identified for the care of those being observed. Interviews and observational data gathered will be analysed as a core element of the study. 

Programme of research:


  • Undertaken DCM training and a 3 month immersive internship linked to the creation of a short film produced by eHealth Digital Media, contributing specifically to data collection (e.g., the pre and post interviews and observations)
  • Undertake a scoping review of the digital innovation and implementation/impact strategies and evaluative models used by eHealth Digital Media to embed as part of the MSc.
  • Perform a rapid mixed-methods review of DCM, with a focus on protocol, practice and other documents in Wales on actual care, advocacy and management, and on what is known about dementia as linked to BME population groups will be collated and analysed together with a scoping review of relevant Welsh policy documentation. This will provide the student with a situational framing that describes the condition for potentially effective care, and supportive procedures for their implementations.

Eligibility of Student:

To be eligible to hold a KESS studentship, you must:

  • have a home address in East Wales area (details below)* at the time of registration.
  • have the right to take up paid work in the East Wales area* on completion of the scholarship.
  • be classified by the University as ‘home’ or ‘EU’ for tuition fees purposes according to the University’s guidelines.
  • satisfy University of South Wales’s admissions criteria: see below, qualifications and experience and application process

*East Wales area covers: Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff/ Newport/ Monmouthshire/ Powys/ Wrexham/ Flintshire

Qualifications and experience:

Eligible applicants will:

  • Have a degree (2i or higher) in an appropriate discipline or equivalent expertise, knowledge, and experience.
  • Have knowledge, experience, and evidence of ability to work and communicate with minority ethnic older population groups.
  • methodologies
  • Possess a reasonable understanding of dementia and BME health inequalities research
  • Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop new practice modules and data capture techniques
  • Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
  • Have an ability to analyse data and to deliver technical reports and communicate research findings
  • Be willing to travel and work (face to face and remotely) in industrial / clinical / community support settings

Application Process: To download an application package, please visit:  Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact: KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: [Email Address Removed] Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Roiyah Saltus [Email Address Removed]

Closing date for applications: midnight Wednesday 22nd June 2022. The position is available from July 2022

Funding Notes

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales. The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MbyRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11.8k p.a. There is also around £3k project support costs available for consumables, travel, minor equipment, training (including the KESS Grad School) and conference attendance.


Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher-level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) programme for East Wales.
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