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PhD Studentship: Impact of Diversity and Professional Training on Cultural Competency in Paramedics

University of East Anglia - HSC

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: The studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK tuition fees, an annual stipend of £15,609 (2021/22 rate) and £1,000 per annum to support research training
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 28th February 2022
Reference: DEANEK_U22FMH

Introduction

Cultural competency is the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one's own. Paramedics work with a wide range of patients in often highly stressful situations. As a result, they need to have a very high level of cultural competency in order to deliver clinical care in an effective and respectful manner. Cultural competency may be acquired by the lived experience of having a protected characteristic (for example being disabled, or a woman) but also through life experiences, and professional training. 

Aim

To explore the impact of personal diversity, life experiences, and professional training on the level of cultural competency in paramedics.

Objectives and Methods

Set up a steering group which meets regularly to inform the design, conduct, interpretation and dissemination of the research program. Ideally it will include representatives from patients, carers, paramedics, lecturers, and management.

Systematic review of cultural competency outcome measures. A comprehensive overview of the quality (i.e., measurement properties) of instruments. Their relevancy and utility for key diversity issues and populations will also be assessed. This will allow evidence-based recommendations for the selection of the most suitable instrument.

Survey paramedic students and staff in the UK to map their diversity demographics, life experiences, professional training, and cultural competency. Identify any correlations between issues surveyed and levels of cultural competency.

Conduct focus groups and interviews with student and trained paramedic to explore their acquisition of cultural competency skills and their opinions of the importance of these on their professional practice. 

These findings will inform recommendations for training to develop cultural competency skills

Impact

This project will inform the paramedic community on its level of diversity and cultural competency, and suggestions for how to improve cultural competency training.

Funding

This PhD project is a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. The studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK tuition fees, an annual stipend of £15,609 (2021/22 rate) and £1,000 per annum to support research training. International applicants (including EU) may apply but are required to fund the difference between UK and International tuition fees (details of tuition fees can be found on our website https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/fees).

Primary Supervisor :  Dr Katherine Deane

Start date: Oct 2022

For more information on this project, please visit http://www.uea.ac.uk

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