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Mental Health PhD studentship

Integrated Care Academy at the University of Suffolk and the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System: Mental Health PhD studentship

 

Applications are invited for an exciting and innovative three-year, full time PhD studentship aligned to the work of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (SNEE ICS) and the Integrated Care Academy (ICA) at the University of Suffolk.

The supervisors will be Professor Chantal Ski (Director of the Integrated Care Academy) and Dr Karen Windle (Integrated Care Academy). The project team will also include Professor Mark Shenton (Professor of Integrated Care and Chair of the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG)

The PhD

It is estimated 90% of people with mental health problems are cared for within primary care. COVID-19 has had a marked effect on peoples mental health, including a four-fold increase in reported symptoms of an anxiety and depressive disorder with younger people and minority groups especially hard hit. This Ph.D. instigates the first steps toward identifying those procedures and practices necessary to deliver an integrated model of community mental health provision. This research will be produced through co-production and structured through asset-based approaches. Through identifying ‘what matters to me’, the research will engage younger adult patients and/or users, unpaid carers, community mental health and primary care clinicians as well as academics to map and detail those contextual factors, barriers and facilitators underpinning seamless integration of community-based mental health care provision across settings.

Aspects of the project are open to change as the candidate moves through the PhD process, planning and conducting research.

The Successful Candidate

The successful candidate will need to be passionate about exploring what patients, users and/or carers want from community mental-health provision, will identify those services or interventions that are effective in supporting young people to manage their mental health condition and work closely with SNEE ICS to understand those barriers and facilitators to implementing integrated mental health provision for young people.

2.1 or higher honours degree in a relevant discipline, have a good knowledge of integrated care, community mental health policy, structures, processes and provision as well as understanding of qualitative methods. Whilst not essential, a Masters’ level degree in a related subject would be advantageous. Your prior degree may be in health policy, sociology, psychology, health and social care, health economics or as a clinician (e.g., nursing).

Successful candidates will be based in the Integrated Care Academy at the University of Suffolk but will also work closely with SNEE ICS. They will also be expected to visit different research localities on a regular basis, and so should be able to travel freely. Funding is conditional on successful Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.

Funding notes

The cost of your PhD fees and a yearly stipend at current UKRI rates will be covered by the Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. There are also additional monies to support e.g., conference attendance, transcription, publications and travel. The studentship is open to UK candidates only owing to funding restrictions and will be available from February 2022 for three years (full time study, or pro-rata for part time study).

Project and Application Timeline

The deadline for applications is December 7, 2021

The project start date is January 31, 2022

Informal enquiries

Informal enquires about this studentship should be addressed to Professor Chantal Ski at c.ski@uos.ac.uk or, Dr Karen Windle at k.windle@uos.ac.uk

We are actively committed to growing and supporting a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates and from candidates with a disability who are currently under-represented within our workforce.

We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies.

Closing date: Friday 7th December 7, midday

We are actively committed to growing and supporting a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates and from candidates with a disability who are currently under-represented within our workforce. 

We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies.

How to apply:

  1. Read the Guidance Notes and Privacy Notice
  2. If you think you might need a visa to work in the UK, please check your eligibility here BEFORE you apply for the role.
  3. Fill in the Application Cover Sheet
  4. Fill in the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
  5. Attach a curriculum vitae and a covering letter setting out clearly how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the post

Please return them as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) attachments by email to ica@uos.ac.uk including the post title and reference number in the email subject heading.

If you a have a disability and need to use a different method to apply for the role then please contact our recruitment team so we can make the adjustments to the process for you. jobs@uos.ac.uk or  ica@uos.ac.uk

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