PhD funded studentship
Reference number: 2AU-22-1
Project leads: Dr Mo Ray and Mr Chris Erskine
Self-directed care and strengths based practice
Adult social care policy highlights the importance of supporting people to use self-directed care (for example, via direct payments). Research has suggested that direct payments and other forms of self-directed care can support people to make choices about how to meet their care and support needs which realises personal aspiration and is built on individual strengths. Yet, evidence suggests that there are differences in the extent to which different groups of people benefit from self-directed care as well as differences in the extent to which self-directed care moves beyond meeting care needs. Strengths based approaches should arguably provide a practice framework which supports and encourages people to find creative and innovative solutions to their support and care needs. Questions about the extent to which strengths based care enhances the experience and outcomes of self-directed care merit investigation. For example, can strengths based approaches realise their potential if services are built on a different premise? How are strengths based approaches used with people with complex and changing needs? How do strengths based approaches work alongside other approaches such as, rights based approaches? The PhD should be focused on self-directed care and strengths based approaches but, beyond that, the student can shape the focus of their research question / area of investigation.
We envisage that the research will take place in the East Midlands and the studentship is part funded by Lincolnshire County Council.
The successful candidate will be part of the Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) based in the School of Health and Social Care in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln.
Please contact Mo Ray ([Email Address Removed]) for further discussion.
Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area and those with a master’s degree in social work, social sciences or sociology are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should possess excellent written and English language communication skills, the ability to forge relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and an ability to plan goals and work to deadlines.
The studentship will cover the tuition fees at the Home student rate and there is also a £10,000 per annum stipend that will be paid in monthly instalments for 3 years.
Please email your CV (no longer than two pages) and a 1-page cover letter outlining your interest, relevant experience and proposed research question/area for the topic to Maureen Young ([Email Address Removed]). Those called for interview will be required to complete an online application form, and prepare a presentation.
Please quote project ID in the subject line of the email.
Closing date: 3rd November 2022
Interviews: 28th November 2022
Start date: w/c 2nd January 2022 with agreement