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Wendy Baxter scholarship

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 16th April 2021
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University of the West of Scotland has a full time doctoral studentship for someone seeking to undertake a funded PhD.

The Wendy Baxter scholarship is designed to support an outstanding candidate to complete a full-time, applied dementia care PhD with stipend and fees paid over a period of three years. The successful candidate will join the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice team as a junior researcher, benefitting from supervision from leading dementia care experts.

Who can apply to become the Wendy Baxter Scholar at University of the West of Scotland (UWS)?

UWS are seeking applications from graduates who have a first class or 2:1 degree, and or a research based Masters in a relevant subject. Applications are particularly welcome from graduates from practice-based disciplines including but not limited to nursing, care home practitioners, integrated practice and social care, palliative care or social scientists. Experience of working with people with dementia and nursing home practice will be advantageous.

The focus of the research

It is well established that caring for a relative with dementia involves both rewards and strains, and as dementia advances it is not unusual for family carers themselves to experience significant psychological impacts including anxiety and depression. Not unexpectedly, for family carers admission of a close relative with dementia to a care home is a time of emotional turbulence and adjustment. Changes in the caring dynamic and the realities of witnessing progression of a terminal condition are compounded by the complexities of advanced dementia and dementia specific palliation.

Drawing on a review of existing evidence and best practice in advanced dementia care and original data, the research will explore and collaboratively develop approaches to optimise family experiences of visiting and opportunities for involvement in individualised dementia care and creative activities. The research design is likely to draw upon either qualitative, participatory or mixed methods research.

For further information or to view the candidate pack visit Wendy Baxter Scholarship (this link will take you away from our website).

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