Nursing & Midwifery
The fully funded studentship will be used to explore the creation, flow and application of research-based knowledge in support of quality improvement and/or service redesign in health care. A core concern will be to examine and evaluate (formatively and, where possible, summatively) innovative models of knowledge translation and exchange and/or knowledge co-creation across service boundaries. Of particular interest are the knowledge needs (and ways of meeting these) of health and social care managers (both clinical and non-clinical).
Proposals which will debate strategies to increase marginalised groups’ capacity to participate in decision making processes are welcome.
These strategies can involve a wide range of approaches, for instance, media and communication, arts, sport as a way to create synergies and to increase community connectedness.
Specific poposals that reflect upon the role of social representations about service users by professionals from a range of sectors are welcome .
The core idea of a proposal in this area would be the identification of cultural and socio-symbolical constraints that create barriers for users’ engagement, as well as the role of such constraints on the reproduction of marginality.
Projects looking at the development of new concepts and alternative methods around current models and approaches to tackle poverty and deprivation.These projects should give special attention to the incorporation of disadvantaged social groups’ views and knowledge on development of solutions.
Dr Fernandes' research is concentrated in the role of stigma and social representations on practitioner practices and “institutional attitudes”, with particular focus on the tensions among socio-spatial inequalities, urban violence and stigmatization.
Dr MacGillivray has expertise in conducting evidence syntheses: both quantitative (Meta-analysis [MA]) and qualitative (Meta-synthesis [MS]) and is particularly interested in developing novel methodologies which allow the synthesis of MA with MS.
Context-sensitive evaluations of different approaches to introducing and supporting women’s use of the SWHMR could be conducted alongside quality improvement initiatives focused on person-centred care. The ways in which service organisation and staff workloads support and constrain the ability of staff to respond flexibly to the particular needs and perspectives of individual women needs investigation.
This could involve exploring the potential of mobile phones for:
• Providing BF promotional messages during pregnancy
• Support and encouragement for BF women after delivery
• Checking on BF progress and early identification of problems
Note: There is no funding availabe for this project. It is only open to students who provide their own funding or who are applying through the Brazilian Science Without Borders Scheme.