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Volunteers in end of life care: An exploration of the implementation, impact and outcomes of evidence for practice

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  • Full or part time
    Prof C Walshe
    Dr N Preston
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Background: The contribution of volunteers to care at the end of life is increasingly recognised as an important aspect of care, distinctive to, but complementing the care offered by statutory and third sector health and social care providers. There is little evidence underpinning service expansion, but the International Observatory on End of Life care have researched this area, including the first published trial of volunteers providing end of life care. This has both provided evidence that needs to be translated into practice to maximise research impact, and highlighted an important challenge in measuring the outcome and impact of volunteer provision.

Purpose: This topic enables a PhD student to draw from implementation theory to facilitate exploration of how and why implementation of an evidence based volunteer toolkit might lead to changes in volunteer service provision. We have an existing toolkit based on evidence from our previous studies, other robust research in the field, and a consensus exercise with practitioners and policymakers. In addition, the student can explore how to understand the outcomes of these services to ensure they are acceptable and have utility to key stakeholders. Key impacts should include a greater understanding of implementation theory in practice, and potential facilitation of practice based impact in this field

Methods: The student would need to draw from theories of implementation research, to understand how and why interventions work in real world settings, and explore approaches to improve the intervention. The successful student will be encouraged to develop the methods based on sound implementation theory. Multiple methods are likely to address the purpose of the research such as mixed method multiple case study research with implementation sites incorporating participatory action research cycles informed by systematically constructed review(s) of outcome measures.

Applications are made by completing an application for PhD Health Research October 2018 through our online application system. Closing date: midnight 28th February 2018.

Funding Notes

Awards are available for UK or EU students only for a maximum of three years full-time study. Awards will cover University Fees and Doctoral Stipend (2018-2019: £14,777).

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