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Towards integrated support: Understanding the needs of family carers at different stages of dementia (iCARE) (KishitaU17HSC)

School of Health Sciences

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About the Project

This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to develop a project investigating the needs of dementia family carers at different stages of the illness. Given that family members are essential in caring for people with dementia, we need to ensure that their own Quality of Life (QoL) is maintained during difficult times. It is important therefore to understand the factors that underpin QoL in family carers and establish effective evidence-based psychological support that can help carers manage challenging situations more effectively.

This project has mainly two objectives: 1) Finding out the key factors affecting carer QoL (e.g., physical and mental health conditions of carers, neuropsychiatric symptoms of patients, and carers’ knowledge of dementia), and 2) Using this knowledge to propose a novel psychological training for family carers.

The project activities may include a review of current literature on dementia care, proposal development and ethics application, data collection and analysis of quantitative data, dissemination of project findings through conference presentations and publications.

This project is suitable for candidates with experience/interest in dementia care or mental health research and a degree in psychology, allied health, or other health-related discipline. Dr Kishita is a clinical psychologist by background with extensive experience in working with family carers. She has a particular interest in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. The PhD student will receive close clinical and research supervision throughout their training. The student will also join a vibrant multi-disciplinary dementia research team at UEA. This will give the student an opportunity to receive supervision from a wider group and contribute to and benefit from other related research projects, which will be important for their career development.

Further details
Programme type: PhD
Start Date: April 2018
Mode of Study: full-time
Studentship length: 3 years
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Funding Notes

This PhD project studentship is jointly funded by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, CLAHRC East of England and Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office This studentship is funded for 3 years and comprises home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,553 and £1000 per annum to support research training.

Entry Requirements: A good first degree (at least 2:1) and preferably a Masters in a related topic area or equivalent research experience. (Clinical psychology related subject / Health related subject).
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