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  Realist informed peer carer buddy scheme in prison

   Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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  Prof Catherine Robinson, Dr Dharman Jayasimha , Dr Rebecca McPhillips, Dr Katrina Forsyth, Dr Dharmi Kapadia, Dr Stephen Hicks  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This PhD Studentship will examine issues in adult social care for specific groups

A study, using realist methodologies, establishing the context, outcome and mechanisms required for an effective and appropriate peer buddy system for older adults in prison. This will be informed by the research team’s previous work on developing models of social care in prison and will include learning from community and current prison practice. The findings will inform the development of an initial programme theory, logic model and intervention delivery platform (manual, supervision manual and training). ‘Walk through’ interviews and coproduction workshops will also be used to refine and customise the model for different criminal justice settings. Realist informed qualitative analysis strategies will be used.

Applicants are expected to hold (or about to obtain) a minimum upper second class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in social sciences (including criminology, sociology) or social work. A Masters degree in a relevant subject and/or experience in social care/social work is desirable. 

For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (  Interested candidates must first make contact with the Primary Supervisor prior to submitting a formal application, to discuss their interest and suitability for the project. On the online application form select PhD Social Work

Sociology (32)

Funding Notes

NIHR School for Social Care Research. Studentship funding is for a duration of three years to commence in April 2023 and covers UK tuition fees and an annual stipend £17,050.
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