What is the impact of DementiaGo in residential homes for residents, relatives and staff? (MRes Scholarship)

What is the impact of DementiaGo in residential homes for residents, relatives and staff?

Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Wales, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2157
Annual Stipend: £11,472
Application Deadline: 15th June 2018

Project Description:

We are seeking a highly capable and motivated graduate for this exciting opportunity to undertake a programme of research and associated training and gain a Masters in Research (MRes). This is a collaborative project between DSDC Wales and Gwynedd County Council’s DementiaGo programme.

DementiaGo physical activity and community support programme is for people living with dementia and their carers. The DementiaGo team are currently working with care staff in Gwynedd County Council residential homes to bring movement into everyday life and therefore increase the physical activity of residents. This studentship will investigate the impact of DementiaGo in a residential home setting for residents, relatives and staff.

The successful candidate will first undertake a critical review of the published literature addressing the impact of physical activity for people living with dementia. They will undertake data collection in three residential homes, one in each area of Gwynedd (Arfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd). They will explore the impact of DementiaGo through qualitative interviews with residents, their family members, and care staff in each home. There is also the possibility of working with the DementiaGo team to analyse routinely collected mobility data, such as Sit-to-Stand and Timed Up and Go tests. In addition to this, the student will carry out observations and other outcome measures within the homes.

The successful candidate will be expected to have, or expected to be awarded, a good Bachelor’s degree (2.1 or first class) in a relevant subject (e.g. health, psychology, sports science). They will need to be highly organised and committed to producing good quality outputs, with good project management skills and a passion for research. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. The ability to understand and speak Welsh is desirable (but not essential).

As we are unable to answer individual queries, we are holding an information session at 2pm on Friday 1st June that we would encourage potential applicants to attend. (DSDC Wales, Ardudwy, Normal Site, Holyhead Road, Bangor. LL28 2PZ)

Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months (August 2018 – July 2019).

The award includes training for a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance. The student will also benefit from training and support available through the school and university.

Expected start date: 6th August 2018

Project Supervisors:

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Gill Windle and Dr Kat Algar-Skaife from the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Wales, and Emma Quaeck (DementiaGo Project Manager, Gwynedd County Council) as Company Supervisor.

How to apply:

Send a covering letter indicating why you think you would be a good candidate for this project, together with a CV to Dr Kat Algar-Skaife (k.algar@bangor.ac.uk ) cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 5pm, 15/6/2018. In the case of applicants who have not yet been awarded their degree, please include your predicted degree classification and a reference from your dissertation supervisor. Interviews will be held on the morning of Wednesday 27th June 2018.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.