Workforce organisation and wellbeing research

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship funded by the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, through an endowment from the General Nursing Council for England & Wales Trust. 
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
Funding information

The funding will include the tax-free stipend of £16,000.00, tuition fees and £500 funding for conference attendances per year. Support will be provided for applying for funding, training, conferences and travel through external agencies.

About

We are looking for an exceptional and highly motivated individual to take up an exciting opportunity with the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education and the Workforce Organisation and Wellbeing theme in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship funded by the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, through an endowment from the General Nursing Council for England and Wales Trust. We regret that funding is only available for home student fees. 

We are seeking applicants to undertake a PhD, supervised by Prof Jill Maben and Dr Cath Taylor, to answer the following research question: How does participation in Schwartz Center Rounds® (Rounds) affect student empathy, compassion, social support for each other and teamworking; what works for whom, how, and in what circumstances? The overall aim is to evaluate Schwartz Rounds® in the undergraduate curriculum in the UK using a realist evaluation approach.

Schwartz Rounds® are group reflective practice fora that provide an opportunity for staff from all disciplines to reflect on the emotional aspects of their work.  They have been introduced in over 140 healthcare organisations in the UK and have started to be introduced into undergraduate curriculum for healthcare professionals in some places. 

Specific aims may include comparing Rounds in this educational context with Rounds aimed at all healthcare employees, in relation to how they work, their uni vs. multidisciplinary focus; and the outcomes that arise for individuals, teams and at wider organisational level1,2.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must have a BA/BSc in a relevant subject (e.g. healthcare, social sciences) (at least 2:1) and either an MSc (health/social-science related) or equivalent research experience; applicants should ideally also have health care related experience (clinical experience and / or experience of conducting research in health care environments / with healthcare staff and patients). A strong interest in the psychological wellbeing of healthcare staff is anticipated.

How to apply

In order to apply, applicants must submit a short PhD proposal (fully referenced, 1500- 3000 words) for how they would propose to undertake this evaluation. The proposal should contain: an introduction (providing a rationale for the stated aims drawing on existing research literature); and briefly describe your proposed methodology (design, methods, sampling and analysis). Prior knowledge or expertise in relation to Schwartz Rounds is not essential (training will be provided). Further information about Schwartz Rounds can be found here.

Information about a recent empirical study in healthcare organisations led by Professor Maben can be found here:

Application/project enquiries: Please contact Professor Jill Maben or Dr Cath Taylor

Please apply online on the Health Science PhD programme page no later than 5pm Friday 16th March 2018 including your CV, a letter detailing your suitability and motivation, and your proposal. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered.

Contact details

Jill Maben
22 DK 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686712
E-mail: j.maben@surrey.ac.uk
Cath Taylor
E-mail: cath.taylor@surrey.ac.uk

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