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KESS2 Scholarship (MRes): Exploring community-based social care at night: the Night Owls project


   School of Health Sciences

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  Ms D Seddon, Ms G Toms  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

This project presents an exciting opportunity to complete a fully funded, full-time, one-year Masters by Research qualification. Interviews will be held between the 22nd and 28th of February. The starting date is 1st April 2022 (or sooner if preferred).

Needing assistance or worrying about accessing care overnight is a key reason people enter residential care. Ynys Mon local authority have worked with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust to develop the Night Owls service. This service provides both scheduled and unscheduled care to Ynys Mon residents overnight. The Night Owls service is innovative and no directly comparable service exists in North Wales.

The appointed student will have the opportunity to gain experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. They will gain grounding in a range of research and analysis tasks through:

o  Conducting a scoping review of research undertaken in the last five years

o  Analysing data routinely collected by the Night Owls service

o  Completing telephone interviews with older adults who have received one or more unplanned visits from the Night Owls service and conducting a thematic analysis of the interview data

o  Developing a questionnaire tool for the Night Owls service to collect future satisfaction and outcomes data

o  Conducting a small pilot of this questionnaire tool to ascertain its usability and acceptability

o  Holding a workshop (potentially via videoconference) with Night Owls partner organisations at the end of the study to share the findings and to consider the next steps for researching and evaluating the service

The full time 1 year studentship (theses must be submitted a maximum of 3 months after the funded one-year study period) includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £11,702 over 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances. A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company (Ynys Mon Local Authority), during the period of the project. The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS scholar. 

Qualifications and experience requirements for successful applicant :

The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree and be available to take up the studentship on or by the 1st April 2022. It is desirable (but not essential) that he/she can communicate effectively though the mediums of both Welsh and English. A requirement of the post is that the person apply for DBS clearance as the research involves working with vulnerable adults.

 The successful applicant will be based in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Bangor University The school offers a dynamic and exciting research environment, and the appointed applicant will be able to access a range of opportunities to build on their research interests. They will also have the chance to work closely with the practice partner organisation (Ynys Mon Local Authority). They will talk regularly with Rachel Williams and Brian Jones as well as other members of Ynys Mon Local Authority.

Informal inquiries about the project should be made to the project supervisors:

Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University ([Email Address Removed]; telephone 01248 388 220)

Gill Toms, Research Development Officer, Wales School for Social Care Research, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University ([Email Address Removed]; telephone 01248 388 463)

To apply :

Please send a CV and covering letter to Diane Seddon ([Email Address Removed] ) and Gill Toms ([Email Address Removed] ), please cc to Penny Dowdney ([Email Address Removed]) before the deadline of Friday 11th February 2022. 

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) 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) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

www.kess2.ac.uk


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