23 July 2020
NIHR ARC West and the NIHR School for Public Health Research are jointly funding one three-year fully-funded PhD scholarship, with the tuition fees and PhD consumables being met by the scholarship funding. The PhD will be based in the University of Bristol’s Bristol Medical School and will start in October 2020. The closing date for applications is 14 August 2020.
Please note that there are four projects to choose from but only ONE award. Candidates should indicate on their application which of the four titles below they are most interested in:
ARC West is contributing staff data towards a national study of the psychosocial impact of the pandemic on frontline NHS staff called NHS Check, which is led by King’s College London. The student will have access to the ARC West dataset, which will include staff recruited from one participating acute trust and one participating mental health trust. Quantitative data will be collected from all participating staff on: sociodemographic status; occupational and social support available; the General Health Questionnaire work experience; caring demands; resilience; wellbeing; alcohol use; suicidal ideation; burnout; moral injury and fatigue. Staff will be followed-up at three, six and 12 months from baseline and so in addition to cross-sectional data, the student will in principle also have access to longitudinal data. A purposive sample of staff from a range of occupational groups and settings, will also be interviewed in order to explore their experiences of working during the pandemic in greater depth.
The aims of this project are to (i) to identify the range of interventions for children on the Edge of Care or those in care aimed at either promoting or restoring family unity and improving child outcomes, (ii) investigate the cost-effectiveness of interventions implemented across the West of England and (iii) investigate the acceptability of such interventions by children and families, and other key stakeholders such as commissioners.
This project will examine how to co-produce sexual health services with Black African and Black Caribbean communities. The project will enable community advocates to work together with an NHS sexual health service (Unity) to co-produce sexual health services, to ensure they fit the needs of Black African and Black Caribbean communities, examining how to share responsibility, decision-making and power through the project. By working together, the project will co-design and co-produce bespoke HIV testing and support services to increase HIV awareness, testing and uptake of treatment, while reducing stigma.
This project will help determine withdrawal rates from sex education across England, explore regional variation and help understand public reaction to the introduction of new the legislation via use of data from social media. It will also aim to explore psychosocial and environmental determinants of parental decisions to withdraw their child from relationships and sex education, including attitudes, beliefs and knowledge, and identify potential targets for future interventions aiming to decrease withdrawal rates.