Developing a conversation about identifying community needs to embrace well-being through social prescribing interventions.- MRes Scholarship


Developing a conversation about identifying community needs to embrace well-being through social prescribing interventions.

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2201

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Each KESS study also includes a Postgraduate Skills Development Award and a generous travel and equipment allowance.

Application Deadline: 22/11/2019.

The NHS faces increasing pressure on resources as a result of an ageing population with chronic illnesses and complex issues as well as health inequalities. In primary care GPs spend almost a fifth of their time on social issues which don’t directly relate to the health of the patient eg financial difficulties, social isolation. GPs may not be in a position to are often assist patients with their social issues and evidence is emerging that holistic approaches linking social care to primary care may be cost effective in supporting patient’s needs. Social Prescribing (SP) can help patients through referring them to non-clinical services which promote health and well-being, boosts social inclusion and builds resilience through the development of social capital and build of community capacity. SP interventions may help reduce healthcare use to promote system sustainability and prevent unnecessary medicalisation of physical or mental health conditions. The beneficiaries of targeted schemes include the elderly, carers, or those with housing difficulties. Grŵp Cynefin would like to expand and offer SP interventions through the new community health and wellbeing hub within the Nantlle Valley community but need to identify the community appetite to embrace wellbeing improvements through co-design.

This Masters by research project will enable the organisations to identify key SP projects and interventions that will meet the needs of the community, improving wellbeing and increase opportunities for employment and skills development all leading to improved health and wellbeing among the community. Central to delivering this vision of this new community health and wellbeing hub is understanding the barriers and opportunities through co-design of delivery of SP interventions in meeting community needs and delivering changes in health and wellbeing outcomes among the community.

This Masters by Research project will take a mixed method approach and a scoping review of the literature will be done to examine the evidence on community wellbeing through co-design development of SP interventions addressing community needs leading to improved health and wellbeing outcomes. This project will provide tangible evidence on the specific SP intervention programmes required within the Nantlle valley community and provide valuable insight on specific projects and interventions that will increase health and wellbeing among this community. This project will establish the need for a new community health and wellbeing hub within the community to embrace wellbeing in provision of improved outcomes for the community who often have complex issues and needs. In addition, this research project should establish current SP projects as well as

provide guidance on new SP projects that will meet community needs and promote wellbeing in the community for SP interventions.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication and 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: 01/02/2020

Project Supervisors:

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Mary Lynch and Dr Ned Hartfiel at the School of Health Sciences and Mrs Mair Edwards, community initiatives manager for Grŵp Cynefin as the Company supervisor.

Interested applicants who wish to discuss the role further can contact Dr Mary Lynch via email (

Applications should include a CV with two named referees and a covering letter via email to Dr Lynch cc to Penny Dowdney ( by 17:00 on 22/11/2019. We welcome applications in either English or Welsh.

The successful applicant will be required to start on the 01/02/2020.

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.