2020 applicants
Postgraduate Research Opportunity

Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Led Health and Social Care

Details

Title: HSC02: Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Led Health and Social Care

Funding: A full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students  (£5,103 in 2020-21) (further fee details - international students will need to pay the balance of their fees) plus a doctoral stipend equivalent to the RCUK Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,285 in 2020-21).

Application deadline: 5 June 2020

Start date: October 2020

Duration: 3 years (full time)

Location: Colchester Campus

Based in: School of Health and Social Care.

Overview

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship from October 2020 for three years (full time study). The PhD studentship is linked to the Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Led Health and Social Care Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England (EoE).

The theme is concerned with developing inclusive understandings of health and social care through the involvement of service users, the public and wider communities through the collection and implementation of high-quality research evidence. it is anticipated that the research will contribute to the ongoing development of Public and Community Involvement Engagement and Participation (PCIEP) within the health and social care sector.

The studentship will be offered to an outstanding early stage researcher to conduct applied research into aspects of inclusive involvement in health and social care research. The PhD topic may consider issues of diverse experiential knowledges in involvement and participation, participative methodologies or other topics such as barriers and opportunities for service user involvement.

The NIHR ARC EoE is a 5-year collaboration between Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and the Universities of Cambridge, East Anglia, Essex, and Hertfordshire, along with other NHS trusts, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) partnerships, charities, industry, and patient led organisations and partners across the region.

Suggested topics of study

PhD research questions and proposed programmes of work must align with the NIHR ARC EoE Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Led Health and Social Care Theme priorities.

The PhD topic may consider issues of diverse experiential knowledges in involvement and participation, participative methodologies or other topics such as barriers and opportunities for service user involvement, or processes of inequality and marginalisation.

It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for the applicant to work with community and service user led organisations in Thurrock, Essex. This is one of the ARC’s four key areas (Great Yarmouth and Waveney, Peterborough and Fenland, Stevenage and Thurrock), which has been identified as a socioeconomically deprived area with high health needs.

Also of interest are proposals which cross-cut with other EoE ARC themes.

Research on health and social care should involve patients, service users, carers and members of the public with different experiences. The Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Led Health and Social Care theme aims to find the best ways of doing this. We want to work inclusively with people in communities and will work together (“co-design”) with the public – to design, carry out, share and implement research findings.

Funding

The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (further fee details), a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,285 in 2020-21), plus £2,500 training bursary via Proficio funding, which may be used to cover the cost of advanced skills training including conference attendance and travel.

Supervision team

It is anticipated that the student will be working with members of the Inclusive Involvement in Research For Practice Led Health and Social Care Theme based at the University of Essex, comprised of Prof Peter Beresford (Chair of Citizen Participation), Prof Gill Green (Chair in Medical Sociology) and Dr Ewen Speed (Senior Lecturer in Medical Sociology).

Criteria

Essential

  • Applicants must be a graduate of the University of Essex.
  • Applicants should have a 2.1 or higher Honours degree in a relevant discipline, a good knowledge of health or social care, and an interest in research relevant to issues of service user or public involvement in health and social care research.
  • Applicants must demonstrate how they will add value to NHS/health, social care or other provider organisations.

Desirable

  • Applicants with a Master’s degree are especially welcome to apply.
  • Applicants with experience of using health and social care are particularly encouraged.

How to apply

You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.

Please include your CV, covering letter, personal statement (maximum 500 words), and transcripts of UG and Masters degrees in your application.

You will also need to submit a research idea or project proposal (maximum of 1000 words) that explicitly addresses the work you would like to carry out, detailing how it is linked to the ARC theme Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Care; and whether it cross-cuts with other ARC EoE themes. 

The University has moved to requiring only one reference for PhD applications and these can be received after a conditional offer has been made so the absence of these will not hold up the recruitment process.

Instruction to applicants

When you apply online you will be prompted to fill out several boxes in the form:

  • For "Course title" please put "Health Studies", tick "postgraduate research" and hit "search". This will bring up a list of matching courses, select the one marked "full time" and "PhD".
  • For "Proposed research topic or area of research" please put the title of this studentship (HSC02: Inclusive Involvement in Research for Practice Care).
  • For "If you have contacted a potential supervisor..." please put Dr Ewen Speed.

If you have any informal queries about this opportunity please email Dr Ewen Speed (esspeed@essex.ac.uk)