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Sleep management in low and medium secure mental health units

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    Dr I Hartescu
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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: SSEHS/IH
Start date of studentship: 01 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 30 June 2019
Interview date: w/c 22 July 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Iuliana Hartescu
Secondary supervisors: Dr Florence Kinnafick, Dr Alessandra Girardi (St Andrews Healthcare)

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Full Project Detail

The project offers an opportunity to develop and deliver meaningful research in the area of sleep and mental health. Working alongside our clinical partners and co-funders (St Andrews Healthcare), the findings of the project should have real world impact on the wellbeing of patients, their carers, and mental health staff.

Patients in secure care frequently complain of poor sleep quality; sleep difficulties in these settings are associated to increased irritability, impulsivity and aggression. Whilst sleep quality and duration are identified as significant factors in both the incidence and prevalence of mental health disorders, evidence in secure mental health units is still limited. It is known that sleep difficulties are often due to a combination of a variety of factors, including psychological, physical and environmental, such as low daytime physical activity. However, the impact of these factors on the sleep quality of psychiatric inpatients is currently unknown.

The project proposes to identify factors that impact sleep quality and duration across levels of security; to address the potential benefit of assessing the role of sleep quality and duration in daytime behaviour management; as well as the potential for modifying behaviour with important clinical and institutional outcomes.

The programme of research will be developed in collaboration with the Research Centre at St Andrew’s Healthcare, a large charity that provides specialist mental health care for some of the most clinically complex patients in the mental health system. The successful applicant will be expected to spend considerable times during data collection periods in mental health wards in Northampton.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: research methods, clinical psychology, behaviour change. Successful applicant will have to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Contact details

Name: Dr Iuliana Hartescu
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222760

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”.

Please quote reference: SSEHS/IH

Funding Notes

The studentship is for three years starting October 2019. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International tuition fee only.

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