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Exploring unscheduled care at night: the night owls project

12th May, 2021

Exploring unscheduled care at night: the night owls project
Bangor University, School of Health Sciences

Project ID: BUK2192
Annual Stipend: £11,246
Application Deadline: 30th June 2021

This project presents an exciting opportunity to complete a fully funded, full-time one-year Masters by Research. The starting date is by 1st July 2021.

Needing assistance or worrying about accessing care overnight is a key reason people enter residential care. Ynys Mon local authority have worked with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust to develop the Night Owls service. This service provides both scheduled and unscheduled care to Ynys Mon residents overnight. The Night Owls service is innovative and no directly comparable service exists in North Wales.

The project will take a mixed methods approach and will involve collecting data from individuals who have received unscheduled (i.e. unplanned) visits from the Night Owls service. It will involve:

  • Conducting a scoping review of research undertaken in the last five years
  • Analysing data routinely collected by the Night Owls service
  • Telephone interviews with older adults who have received one or more unscheduled visits from the Night Owls service and conducting a thematic analysis of the interview data
  • Developing a questionnaire tool for the Night Owls service to collect future satisfaction and outcomes data
  • Conducting a small pilot of this questionnaire tool to ascertain its usability and acceptability
  • Holding a workshop (potentially via videoconference) with the Night Owls partner organisations at the end of the study to share the findings and to consider the next steps for researching and evaluating the service.

The full time 1 year studentship (theses must be submitted a maximum of 3 months after the funded one year study period) includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £11,246 for 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances. A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company (Ynys Mon Local Authority), during the period of the project. The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS scholar. More information on the studentship and application process can be found at

Qualifications and experience requirements for successful applicant. The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree and be available to take up the studentship on the 1st July 2021. It is desirable that he/she can communicate effectively though the mediums of both Welsh and English. A requirement of the post is that the person apply for DBS clearance as the research involves working with vulnerable adults.

The student will be based in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, which offers a dynamic and exciting research environment. He or she will also work closely with Rachel Williams and Brian Jones as well as other members of Ynys Mon Local Authority.

Informal inquiries about the project should be made to the project supervisors:

Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University (; telephone 01248 388 220)

Gill Toms, Research Development Officer, Wales School for Social Care Research, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University (; telephone 01248 388 463)

To apply :

Please send a full CV and covering letter to Diane Seddon,; Gill Toms and Penny Dowdney

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

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