Exploring trauma informed practice in services that support children and families in North Cumbria

At the University of Cumbria, our Centre for Research in Health and Society aims to positively transform health and social care outcomes for all. We welcome a PhD candidate who is passionate about making a real difference to people’s lives.

This PhD is in collaboration with, and funded by, the National Institute for Health Research North East North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR NENC ARC). As such you will be joining one other NIHR NENC ARC PhD student at the University of Cumbria and 25 others across NENC.

Lead Supervisor: Professor Kaz Stuart

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Trauma informed practice has become more prevalent as psychology and neuroscience has advanced understanding of the impact of trauma on life course development. This PhD may explore trauma informed practice to support children and families who have experienced trauma.

The catalyst for the trauma might be related to the family circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse or neglect, or it might be a response to external events, for example, bullying / victimisation, the recent global pandemic or broader social or environmental issues. It might focus on specific responses to trauma such as self-harm or suicidal ideation or specific groups, such as male victims or victims from within the LGBTQ+ community. The brief is broad to offer you the scope to refine and define your study with your supervisors enabling you to tailor the project to your interests and expertise to some extent. This project is supported by the Director of Public Health in Cumbria County Council.

This PhD offers the applicant the opportunity to explore different models of ‘trauma informed’ practice in a range of settings in order to understand how it is enacted, what benefits it brings to individuals, practitioners and organisations, and how it might be improved.

The aim of the PhD is to produce actionable knowledge which can be used to improve services and so outcomes for people across NENC.

Lead Supervisor: Professor Kaz Stuart

Supervisory Team: Dr Julie Taylor 

How to apply

For further information about the application process, please contact Research Student Admissions for an informal discussion. 

Fully funded three year PhD including annual stipend, UK/EU applicants only. This PhD is funded by the National Institute for Health Research North East North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR NENC ARC).

To apply, please submit an application form and research proposal to Research Student Admissions at: rsa@cumbria.ac.uk  

Also submit PDF scanned copies of the certificates and transcripts (list of degree module grades achieved) for all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees undertaken.

You can download the application form, and guidance to help with writing a research proposal

Download an application form 

  • Deadline for applications Monday 10th August 2020,
  • Interview of shortlisted candidates 1st week in September 2020 (tbc),
  • For the successful candidate registration will be 1st October 2020.

For further information please contact: rsa@cumbria.ac.uk

Evaluating change “as it happens”: Using non-representational theory to inform evaluation methods in NENC

At the University of Cumbria, our Centre for Research in Health and Society aims to positively transform health and social care outcomes for all. We welcome a PhD candidate who is passionate about making a real difference to people’s lives.

This PhD is funded by the University of Cumbria, and part of the National Institute for Health Research North East North Cumbria Applied Research Collaboration (NIHR NENC ARC). As such you will be joining one other NIHR NENC ARC PhD student at the University of Cumbria and 25 others across NENC

Lead Supervisor: Associate Professor Tom Grimwood

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Increasingly, evaluations of health interventions and programmes are required to include representative views of stakeholders, including patients and public. But this has historically presented problems for evaluators, given that a) the assumption that “patient” forms some kind of core identity is conceptually under-explored, and thus “patient views” are often limited in depth; b) for many interventions, a longitudinal data set is required which may lie outside of the scope of the delivery or evaluation timeframe; and c) top-down, demographic approaches associated with ‘population-based health’ can risk essentialising groups of people (e.g. “patients from poorer backgrounds”) which overlooks the complex and contextualised modes of delivering interventions at ground level.

These are not only operational problems for evaluators, but deeper-rooted conceptual tensions regarding the extent to which evaluation is committed to ‘representation’ as the ‘primary epistemological vehicle’ for understanding the processes, outcomes and impacts of a health intervention. In social theory, however, this notion has been challenged by ‘non-representational theory’, a collection of approaches which focuses on practices and their material dimensions. While non-representational theory has been explored through a range of different subjects and areas, its application to health evaluation is yet to be examined.

This project aims to engage health evaluation in a dialogue with non-representational theory, in order to interrogate how the principles of both may address the problems of presenting ‘patient and public’ views at the pace and scale necessary to support future health programmes. This will combine both theoretical analysis, based on reviewing practices, successes and limitations of current evaluation strategies, with conversations and interviews with commissioning organisations across the North and North-West in order to test the practicalities of the project findings.

Lead Supervisor: Associate Professor Tom Grimwood

Supervisory Team: Professor T Rapley

How to apply

For further information about the application process, please contact Research Student Admissions for an informal discussion. 

Fully funded three year PhD including annual stipend, UK/EU applicants only. This PhD is funded by the University of Cumbria.

To apply, please submit an application form and research proposal to Research Student Admissions at: rsa@cumbria.ac.uk  

Also submit PDF scanned copies of the certificates and transcripts (list of degree module grades achieved) for all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees undertaken.

You can download the application form, and guidance to help with writing a research proposal

Download an application form 

  • Deadline for applications Monday 10th August 2020,
  • Interview of shortlisted candidates 1st week in September 2020 (tbc),
  • For the successful candidate registration will be 1st October 2020.

For further information please contact: rsa@cumbria.ac.uk

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