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PhD Studentship: Co-development of a Primary Care Intervention to Support Patients Prepare for Pregnancy

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £19,135 plus fees for 3.5 years at UK residency rate only
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th October 2023
Closes: 31st January 2024
 

Project Title: Co-development of a primary care intervention to support patients prepare for pregnancy

Lead Institute / Faculty: Medicine

Main Supervisor: Dr Danielle Schoenaker

Other members of the supervisory team: Dr Kate Greenwell

Duration of the award: 3.5 years

Start date: 23rd September 2024

Project description:

People who are healthy before pregnancy are more likely to have a successful pregnancy and healthy baby. In this project, you will work with people of childbearing age, primary care professionals, and other stakeholders to co-develop an intervention to support patients prepare for pregnancy and parenthood through primary care settings.

About half of people in the UK who become pregnant (or whose partner becomes pregnant) do not plan their pregnancy, and nine in 10 enter pregnancy with at least one behavioural (e.g. smoking) or medical (e.g. diabetes) risk factor for pregnancy complications (e.g. stillbirth or pre-term birth). Improving risk factors before pregnancy benefits the life-long health of parents and their children, but there are no health services that routinely support future parents through preconception care. Primary care has been identified as a key setting, but there is currently no guidance on best practice for the provision of preconception care in the primary care setting.

To fill this gap, the overall aim of the project is to co-develop approaches for use in primary care to better support patients to plan and prepare for pregnancy and parenthood. You will use intervention development methodology (such as the Person-Based Approach), and work closely with people of childbearing age, primary care and policy professionals, among other relevant stakeholders. The project may involve a systematic review, and a series of qualitative studies, such as focus groups and/or interviews, to co-develop and test the intervention for implementation in primary care.

This project is part of a larger programme of research on preconception health and care. It is funded through an NIHR Advanced Fellowship, and supported by the UK Preconception Partnership. You will be part of a project group of researchers, clinicians and policy professionals, and work closely with a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group.

The successful candidate is likely to have the following qualifications:

  • A 1stor 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and/or second degree with a related Masters in medicine, health psychology, social sciences, public health, or related degree.

Funding information:
Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants. This PhD studentship is fully funded for 3.5 years by NIHR Advanced Fellowship supported by UK Preconception Partnership. The amount of stipend is £19,135.00 plus fees for 3.5 years at UK residency rate only.

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Please complete the University's online application form at

https://student-selfservice.soton.ac.uk/BNNRPROD/bzsksrch.P_Login?pos=7209&majr=7209&term=202425

You should enter Dr Danielle Schoenaker  as your proposed supervisor in the supervisor field within the application form.

To support your application include the following:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying, your research interests, and experiences and skills relevant to the project
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 reference letters
  • degree transcripts or certificates to date

Informal enquiries relating to the project or candidate suitability should be directed to Dr Danielle Schoenaker (D.Schoenaker@soton.ac.uk).

Closing date:  31/01/2024

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