An investigation into collaborative working to improve population level physical activity, health and well-being in Wales (PhD Scholarship)

 

An investigation into collaborative working to improve population level physical activity, health and well-being in Wales

Project Team:

Dr Nicola Bolton (Academic Lead Supervisor)

Professor Di Crone (Academic Supervisor)

Mr Graham Williams (Lead Company Supervisor)

Project Outline:

 Physical inactivity is the fourth biggest killer globally and the scale of the challenge worldwide and within the UK remains a top priority. Non-communicable diseases including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and breast and colon cancer are linked directly to physical inactivity and such is the cost, governments are increasingly becoming involved and expect organisations to become more pro-active in seeking solutions. To address this challenge the Welsh Government has identified the importance of cross-cutting working between physical activity and health. Fundamental to this is the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act (WBFGA), 2015, a long term framework that seeks a sustainable future for Wales and identifies five ways of working – long term, prevention, collaboration, involvement and integration. As part of this agenda, Public Health Wales, Sport Wales and Natural Resources Wales agreed in 2018 to a Memorandum of Understanding.

This is a collaborative project between the three national organisations and Cardiff Met University. The successful student will have the opportunity to work alongside these organisations with the aim of investigating collaborative working to improve population level physical activity, health and well-being in Wales through an exploration of a strategic approach and its relevance in delivering organisational capacity and improved working practices.

The objectives of the research are to:

  1. Critically review relevant literature relating to physical activity, health and well-being.
  2. Develop a detailed understanding of the shared policy landscape in Wales and analyse the current evidence base with a view to creating a more strategic, long-term framework.
  3. Develop the cross-cutting working arrangements between Public Health Wales, Sport Wales and Natural Resources Wales as part of a ‘what works’ culture that seeks to achieve long term change and impact through collaboration.

Proposed work as detailed below:

WP1: Review physical activity, public health and well-being academic / grey literature and critically evaluate appropriate frameworks.

WP2: Review and critically appraise the shared policy landscape, including the WBFGA 2015; Active Transport (Wales) Act 2013 and Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales strategy and assess the evidence base.

WP3: Work alongside the three national agencies to understand the collaborative arrangements currently in place.

WP4: Examine working arrangements between the three national agencies and seek to develop in collaboration a ‘what works’ culture to help secure long term sustainability and impact.

 Application Deadline: Wednesday 14th August 2019

 Interview Date: Tuesday 20th August 2019

 Commencement Date: 23rd September 2019

Note: Short timescale is due to KESS2 funder requirements

KESS2 scholarship offers:

  • KESS PhD Scholarship holders do not pay fees
  • A monthly stipend: 3 years of funding @ £14,628 p.a.
  • A support research budget of £3,000 p.a. for travel, minor equipment, consumables and training
  • A minimum of 30 days p.a. working with the company partner

To be eligible applicants should have UK or EU Citizenship, and be resident in the competitive area of Wales on appointment.

The map for the eligible East area can be found here (http://www.ukassistedareasmap.com/ieindex.html) eligible areas are not shaded.

For a discussion and / or to apply submit completed Participant Application Form (http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/research/Pages/KESSII.aspx) to Dr Nicola Bolton. Email: njbolton@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Funding Notes:

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2 East) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative supported by European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government and is led by Bangor on behalf of the HE sector in Wales.