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PhD Studentship: Behavioural Interventions to Improve Sleep Quality in Patients in Secure Mental Health Care

Loughborough University - Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th November 2023
Closes: 15th January 2024
Reference: SSEHS/FKIH23
 

Lifestyle intervention to improve health outcomes is a major focus of our research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS). In this PhD programme, you would be working to produce research evidence on effective behavioural intervention to improve sleep quality in patients with a severe mental illness who are in secure care. This project will be carried out jointly with St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity providing specialist mental healthcare for patients with some of the most complex, challenging mental health needs in the UK.

That means taking experimental and epidemiological approaches, and exploring the development and application of behavioural interventions, such as physical activity, for improving sleep health. We’ll be asking some key questions about characteristics of behavioural interventions that best suit the population group we are interested in, such as duration, type and frequency of behavioural intervention; as well as exploring the intersection of sleep behaviour, physical activity and diet for health outcomes.

You will be part of our team working in lifestyle and health, taking an interdisciplinary approach to promoting better health through healthy living habits. This will be done in close collaboration with the clinical teams at St Andrew’s (Northampton site).

Loughborough University has an applied research culture. In REF 2021, 94% of the work submitted was judged to be top-rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

We are a community based on mutual support and collaboration. Through our Doctoral College there are continual opportunities for building important research skills and networks among your peers and research academics. There are also opportunities to work closely with the multidisciplinary clinical teams at St Andrew’s. Please note that the PhD programme will involve significant travel time to St Andrews Healthcare Northampton site.

Find out more:
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/
https://www.stah.org/

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Iuliana Hartescu

Secondary supervisor: Florence Kinnafick

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or other relevant Allied Health Professional subject. A relevant Master’s degree, and/or relevant research experience, will be an advantage. The candidate should hold expertise in quantitative research skills, and hold proven strong communication skills within complex environments.

Applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, please find further available on the international website.

Funding information:

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship, plus tuition fees at the UK rate.

This studentship is subject to external funding and the advert may be withdrawn if funding is not secured.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number: SSEHS/FKIH23 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

The following selection criteria will be used by academic schools to help them make a decision on your application.

Funding Details

The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK rate.

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