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KESS2 Scholarship: Electronic Whiteboards to Support Ward Based Innovative Multi-disciplinary Working (MbyRes)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Masters by Research

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 study the impact of a new and novel technology currently being developed in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB).

The selected candidate will apply their research skills and ambition to the help evaluate and develop a bespoke IT ‘e-whiteboard’ application that draws together patient information from hospital systems. This opportunity will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of transformative-technology research in the field of patient care.

Programme of research:

Whiteboards are a common feature experienced by anyone working on and around hospital wards. Traditionally they contain hand written information for patients on the ward often at or near the ward clerk desk. Following the collaboration of CYMUHB staff into a “Multi-disciplinary Quality Improvement Team” there were a number of issues identified with this practice, including; legibility (handwritten, pens designed to be erased); accuracy (transcribed from paper and electronic data systems); relevance (they required being written/erased as patents enter or leave) and; access (they can only be viewed by standing in physically by standing in front). The team worked together to produce an ambitious, effective and efficient solution for these issues and the work on developing an e-whiteboard began.

CTMUHB has now successfully completed the first phase of this innovative project to develop a bespoke IT application (an e-whiteboard) that draws together patient information from hospital systems, presenting this on a LCD screen in place of the traditional whiteboards.

The prospective student will facilitate research on the benefits this system has had to its users and as such, the patients they treat. It is expected that the student will increase our understanding of how the system operates to improve patient outcomes.

It is anticipated that the proposed research will take a qualitative approach focusing in the experiences of UHB staff that use the e-whiteboards in their day-to-day practice. To date, the e-whiteboards project has concentrated in developing the physical system with limited investigation of both staff and patient experience and this will be a rich area for further research and to help the UHB understand how the system can be best utilised.

Application Process


To download an application package, please visit: https://gradschool.southwales.ac.uk/thinking-applying/specific-funded-studentships/

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

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact:

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover the fees for a full-time MbyRes programme and pay a stipend of circa £11k 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.
The position is available from 1st April 2020.

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