Views On Incontinence Care in care homes – an Exploration (VOICE)

An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, UWE Bristol.  The studentship will be funded by Abbeyfield Research Foundation: Ref. 1920-OCT-HAS06

The expected start date of this studentship is 1st January 2020.

The closing date for applications is 7th November 2019. 

About the Studentship

Applications are invited from ambitious, self-motivated and enthusiastic candidates, with a background in a health-related discipline to work on a fully-funded PhD studentship. Funding and stipend are provided by the Abbeyfield Research Foundation to conduct a valuable exploration into how to optimise bladder and bowel continence care in care homes. Urinary and faecal incontinence are conditions affecting one in three people living in residential care and two in three nursing home residents, which pose a significant impact on quality of life for these individuals. The PhD will focus on understanding the current evidence base; exploring attitudes of staff, clients and their families to understand the influences on continence care; exploring what helps and hinders continence care in the real world care home setting, and what would enable optimum care to be provided. The PhD researcher will be primarily based at Glenside campus at UWE, within the Centre for Health and Clinical Research, and will be expected to directly engage with a network of care homes to conduct the study.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr. Nikki Cotterill:

Funding details

The studentship is available from 1st January 2020 for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £15,009 per annum. 

In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for up to three years (Home/EU rates only).

Eligibility criteria

This opportunity is available to UK/EU applicants only.

Applicants must have a Masters qualification in a health-related discipline and qualitative research experience is preferred.

A recognised English language qualification is required.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 1920-OCT-HAS06.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your degree certificates and your proof of English language proficiency as attachments to your application so please have these available when you complete the application form.

Research proposal: please explain, in no more than 500 words, how your skill-set and experience could contribute to this proposed PhD project

References: you will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references before you submit your application. 

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 7th November 2019.

Further information

Interviews will take place in the week commencing 18th November 2019.  If you have not heard from us by 18th November 2019, we thank you for your application but on this occasion, you have not been successful.

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