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Fully Funded 3-year PhD opportunity


Application Deadline 11th April 2022

UK coastal communities have some of the poorest mental and physical health outcomes in the country (Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2021, Health in Coastal Communities), with a high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases and mental illnesses. These adverse health outcomes are compounded by significant deprivation in some coastal areas and poor access to community assets and health support. The aim of this PhD project (COASTLINES) will be to co-produce, with coastal community representatives, a behavioural and social healthy living intervention to support the holistic health needs of coastal adults living with mental health difficulties.

The COASTLINES PhD project involves the co-development and delivery of four work packages: 1) forming a lived experience advisory group (LEAG) of adults with experience of mental health difficulties living in coastal areas, to support and co-produce research delivery and dissemination activities; 2) a systematic review to identify components which characterise effective complex healthy lifestyle interventions for adults with mental health difficulties; 3) interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders at two coastal study sites in Norfolk; and 4) co-producing a holistic behavioural and social healthy living intervention for coastal communities through a series of workshops with key professionals, service users and community stakeholders. This project centres on the values of co-production and the benefit of lived experience to improve physical and mental health outcomes.

This project will suit applicants with a primary or MSc degree in Psychology, Behavioural Science, Sociology, Public Health, Nursing (or a related biological or social science), or equivalent experience working in a clinical or social care setting. The successful applicant will have excellent compassionate communication skills, an ethos of putting people with lived experience of physical and mental health difficulties, their family supporters, and experienced health and social care staff at the centre of their work, and good organisational and technical skills.

Experience and knowledge of qualitative methodologies and/or intervention development will be an asset, although training will be provided. Applicants with lived experience of physical and mental health difficulties and/or living in coastal communities will be very welcome.

UEA Course Catalogue: https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/phd-doctorate/co-developing-a-coastal-healthy-living-intervention-with-adults-with-mental-health-problems-hardemanw-u22arcfmh