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PhD Studentship - Continuity Model of Midwifery Care Team: A New Way of Working - Midwives Views and Experiences

Bournemouth University - HSS

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 5th May 2019

Lead Supervisor name: Professor Lee-Ann Fenge

Project description:

Women who are considered ‘high risk’ benefit from continuity of care led by midwives, alongside benefits to the wider multi-disciplinary team. Research suggests key factors need to be considered when implementing and sustaining midwife-led models of care, including prevention of burnout which is associated with low job control and long working hours. Although such models offer greater agency for midwives (increased professional autonomy, meaningful relationships with women, and collegial support to maintain work/life balance), there can be challenges within host units including a clash of models and culture. It is therefore important to understand the implications of introducing such new ways of working for both midwives and the wider organisation and this study aims to address these gaps.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 48 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Additional Eligibility

To apply for this Studentship you MUST be a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK) Please note interviews will be held at the University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in May and that your clinical placement time (2 days a week) will be spent at UHS.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 5 May 2019.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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