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SCDTP Studentship - Understanding the personal networks of support relevant to older people with complex care needs in marginalised communities’ and their ability to adapt to increasingly ‘digitalised’ health care

School of Health Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £15,009
(19/20 UKRI rate)
Closing Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020
Reference:  1206419CF

Understanding the personal networks of support relevant to older people with complex care needs in marginalised communities’ and their ability to adapt to increasingly ‘digitalised’ health care

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2020/21 Academic Year.

Supervisory Team:

Dr Ivalyo Vassilev (I.I.Vassilev@soton.ac.uk), Dr Chris Allen (C.E.W.Allen@soton.ac.uk), Dr Euan Sadler (E.A.Sadler@soton.ac.uk). School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Southampton.

To meet increasing health and care needs in an economically sustainable way, there has been a growing focus on people using a range of online health resources to take on an enhanced role in the management of their health. However, such a shift raises concerns about how those with limited access and use of such resources can be supported. This PhD project will use a mixed methods approach utilising quantitative social network analysis and qualitative network interviews to better understand the personal networks of support relevant to older people with complex care needs in marginalised communities’ and their ability to adapt to an increasingly ‘digitalised’ health care landscape, in order to draw out implications for policy and practice. 

Skills Required

The potential applicant will be supported by a supervisory team with expertise in social science applied to health research (Vassilev, Allen, Sadler) and clinical experience working with older people with complex care needs (Sadler, Allen). Applicants would need previous experience of health research in community settings, as well as skills and knowledge in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Funding

South Coast DTP Funding provides an annual maintenance grant (tax free) of £15009 (2019/20 UKRI rate), plus payment of all programme fees.  Other funding available for SCDTP funded students can be found on the SCDTP website (www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Funding is provided for 3 years full-time PhD study (pro-rata for part-time students).  Applications for 1+3 funding for students completing a Master's year prior to the commencement of PhD study are also welcome (details available at www.southcoastdtp.ac.uk).

Application Procedure

The closing date and time for applications is 4.00pm on 23rd January 2020.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk


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