Appropriate housing has a key role in maintaining and supporting older adults’ independence and reducing demand for health and social care services. Housing adaptations are ‘any permanent alteration carried out to a building with the aim of making it more suitable for a disabled person’ (Heywood, 2004). Major adaptations to bathing facilities usually involve removing the bath and replacement with a level- or easy-access shower. These adaptations are also important for carers of older adults and may lead to improvements in their quality of life, enabling them to maintain their caring role and potentially alleviating admissions to care homes. We use a broad definition of ‘carer’, encompassing all those who help in whatever way and who are not paid (including family members and friends).
We welcome applicants interested in exploring the impact of bathing adaptations on carers of older adults. We are particularly keen to work with applicants wishing to use mixed-methods drawing on qualitative and quantitative approaches), or multi-method qualitative studies (drawing on a range of qualitative approaches) and are more longitudinal in focus. However, we are open to working with the candidate to support them in whatever methods, methodology and theory they feel would be most appropriate.
Heywood, F., 2004. The health outcomes of housing adaptations. Disability & Society, 19(2), pp.129-143.
Number Of Awards
3 years full-time.
Dr Phillip Whitehead, Professor Katie Brittain, Dr Leigh Rooney
The successful applicant will have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 class or above in a discipline allied to health, sociology (or a cognate discipline). A Masters degree (Merit or above) or research experience is desirable but not essential. For non-native English speakers an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (at least 5.5 in all sub-skills) or equivalent language qualification is essential. Non-UK candidates must contact [Email Address Removed] regarding eligibility and fees.
How To Apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account.
All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You should:
· click on programme of study
· insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search
· select Programme name PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences(full time) - Health Sciences
· insert PH030 in the studentship/partnership reference field
· attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship. Please quote reference code PH030 and state how your interests and experience relate to the proposed project.
· attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.
*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.
Dr Phillip Whitehead, Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 4PL Tel:01912081116 [Email Address Removed].