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University of South Wales KESS MbyRes Studentship

12th October, 2021

This is a funded MbyRes, including a generous stipend and tuition fees, with well-resourced circumstances for a successful scholarship.

Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a study that seeks to address the following questions:

  1. What are the lived experiences of Somali elders living with dementia in residential care?
  2. How can implementation of quality care using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) be effectively supported for older people from BME backgrounds?
  3. What role can the process and related digital communication outputs play in enhancing dementia care delivery?

 

The selected candidate will apply their research skills and experience to understand the ways Somali elders living with dementia and their carers seek information, and how they experience the assessment process, and live with dementia using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) as an investigative framework and tool. This will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of dementia research.

This Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be held in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education at the University of South Wales.  KESS is a programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) in the Welsh Government. The successful candidate will work with academics Dr Roiyah Saltus, a Principal Research Fellow with two decades of working in the field of health and social inequities, and Dr Walter Tasosa, a Mental Health lecturer and researcher who prior to commencing his career in academia a few years ago was in clinical practice for more than 18 years, working in a wide range of capacities, including, management and practice development. The project is backed by behavioural change specialists, eHealth Digital Media (eHDM) who the candidate will also work closely with.  The company created PocketMedic which puts high quality, motivational, health information films directly into the pocket of patients and healthcare professionals to be watched at a time and place of their choosing, please see www.medic.video/patients

The Studentship will allow for immersive engagement with the creative work of PocketMedic in the development of the filming of a learning resource for carers undertaken at Red Sea House which is run by Taff Housing. The process of using DCM in a residential care setting will be captured on film.  The film will be used to share the experience with others and show the value of the DCM as well as the learning points identified for the care of those being observed. Interviews and observational data gathered will be analysed as a core element of the study.

Programme of research:

  • Undertaken DCM training and a 3 month immersive internship linked to the creation of a short film produced by eHealth Digital Media, contributing specifically to data collection (e.g., the pre and post interviews  and observations)
  • Undertake a scoping review of the digital innovation and implementation/impact strategies and evaluative models used by eHealth Digital Media to embed as part of the MSc.
  • Perform a rapid mixed-methods review of DCM, with a focus on protocol, practice and other documents in Wales on actual care, advocacy and management, and on what is known about dementia as linked to BME population groups will be collated and analysed together with a scoping review of relevant Welsh policy documentation. This will provide the student with a situational framing that describes the conditions for potentially effective care, and supportive procedures for their implementations.

The proposed study is a separate but linked part of a larger programme of work being developed by the external partner. Their team aims to deliver a Dementia Care Mapping exercise in partnership with University of Bradford and the team in Cardiff and Vale, a care improvement plan, and share expertise about how to deliver high quality care to people from different cultural backgrounds.  Using eye-tracking technology provided by the Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) there is the opportunity to see dementia through the eyes of BME residents of Red Sea House and connect with their communities to explore attitudes towards dementia among their families and friends. eHDM aims to document the process in a short film, using a combination of fixed and portable cameras, to support the training of carers and show residential homes how dementia mapping can be used to drive improvements.  The film will be evaluated by ATiC.

The remaining work packages will include data analysis, write up, and completion.

Qualifications and experience:

Eligible applicants will:

  • Have a degree (2i or higher) in an appropriate discipline or equivalent expertise, knowledge, and experience.
  • Have knowledge, experience, and evidence of ability to work and communicate with minority ethnic older population groups.
  • methodologies
  • Possess a reasonable understanding of dementia and BME health inequalities research
  • Be highly self-motivated, with capacity to learn and develop new practice modules and data capture techniques
  • Have well-developed and positively collaborative interpersonal skills
  • Have an ability to analyse data and to deliver technical reports and communicate research findings
  • Be willing to travel and work (face to face and remotely) in industrial / clinical / community support settings

Application Process:

To download an application package, please visit:  Participant Application Package

For any queries on eligibility, please contact:  KESS Team at Research and Innovation Services, University of South Wales: kess@southwales.ac.uk  Tel: 01443 482578

For informal enquiries or further programme information, please contact: Dr Roiyah Saltus

Roiyah.saltus@southwales.ac.uk 

Closing date for applications:

Midnight Sunday 14th November 2021

Interviews will be held w/c (TBC)

*USW reserves the right to close the vacancy if sufficient applications are received before the deadline

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