Implementation of intergenerational care: evaluating the factors that facilitate and hinder the adoption and sustainability of an intergenerational programme in a community setting (MRes Scholarship)

Implementation of intergenerational care: evaluating the factors that facilitate and hinder the adoption and sustainability of an intergenerational programme in a community setting.

School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2159
Annual Stipend: £11,472 tax free, paid over 12 months (August 2018 – July 2019).
Each KESS 2 study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.
Application Deadline: 29/6/18.

Project Description:

This unique opportunity builds upon the research expertise on intergenerational care and implementation within Bangor University. The Scholarship would be especially attractive for graduates in the fields of Psychology, Sociology or Health who wish to pursue a 12-month postgraduate research degree.

There is growing interest in the benefits for both children and older adults in taking part in opportunities for shared meaningful activities following the recent success of the series created in Bangor University (Hen Blant Bach- S4C / Toddlers take on Dementia-BBC Wales).  There is a long tradition of primary school children joining adults to take part in activities but they tend to be sporadic and there is a lack of research on the sustainability of such programmes within communities.  This research will be in partnership with Gwynedd council and the successful applicant will work alongside the ‘Bridging the Generations’ officer to evaluate opportunities for children in Primary schools to develop a programme of activities with older adults in their local care homes and extra supported housing in Gwynedd.

The research will involve three phases as part of the Masters by Research supported by the supervisory team. The first phase involves a mapping exercise of the current level of intergenerational programmes within the region to gain a better understanding of the current level of activity and baseline of activity.  The empirical study will adopt a mixed method to evaluate the implementation and impact of introducing a weekly programme for older adults and children within five new sites identified in partnership with the company partner. Information gathered as part of the research will inform a best practice document for Local authorities.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring ethical permission for the study and gathering research data in the local authority. The data collection will involve interviewing participants and key stakeholders and conducting non-participant observations within intergenerational sessions. The research will build knowledge on the sustainability of such interventions and any potential barriers in bringing both generations together from a personal and service delivery perspective with long term follow up on selected sites.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication in English and Welsh as they will be interviewing children and adults that will have Welsh as a first language. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills with experience in successfully managing projects and preparing written reports to a high standard. The expertise within both the academic and company supervisors will ensure that the successful applicant will receive excellent support and guidance within a dynamic and experienced team.

Start date: 01/08/2018

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Catrin Hedd Jones and Dr Lynne Williams at the School of Healthcare Sciences and Ann Pari Williams (Adult Wellbeing Manager, Gwynedd Council) as the Company supervisor.

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Catrin Hedd Jones via email (c.h.jones@bangor.ac.uk) or telephone (01248 388872).

Applications should include a CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Jones (c.h.jones@bangor.ac.uk) and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk)by 17:00 on 29/6/18. We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

Interviews of shortlisted applicants will be at Bangor University on the 16/7/18.

The successful applicant will required to start on the 1/8/18.

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.