PhD Studentship: Domestic violence and abuse experiences of healthcare staff who support people with multiple sclerosis and their implications for practice

Closing Date
Tuesday, 15th February 2022
Health Sciences

Section 1

In the context of an increase in domestic violence and abuse (DVA) reporting since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, this PhD explores the lived experiences of healthcare staff who support people with multiple sclerosis in the UK who are at risk of experiencing DVA or who have experienced DVA since March 2020. The PhD engages with aspects of these lived experiences of staff and professionals that are relevant to improving their practice. The focus will be on the social causes for DVA, including the impact of social changes since March 2020 on DVA experiences. Respondents will discuss cases they have managed and processes they use, alongside being invited to make recommendations to improve future practice.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative condition of the central nervous system. There were 126,669 people living with MS in the United Kingdom in 2010, roughly 3 of 4 were women (Mackenzie, Morant, Bloomfield, MacDonald, & O'Riordan, 2013). According to the MS Society working with data from Public Health England, info from Jan 2020 says 130,000 people have MS in the UK ( MS is the number one cause of neurological impairment among young and middle-aged adults, with the age of diagnosis ranging from 20 to 50 years (Strober, 2018).

This PhD is part of a programme of research. It is twinned with a PhD at the University of Leeds, which explores practitioner’s perspectives of supporting people with MS who have experienced DVA. Approximately 15 months into the project the PhDs will be joined by a post-doc (based at Leeds or Nottingham), which will focus on developing a toolkit of outputs for improving practice with people with MS. This toolkit will arise from the findings and recommendations made by the PhDs.

Section 2 Entry Requirements 

The candidate should have completed an MA, in a related topic, that features 120 credits of UKRI accredited research methods training. Evidence of engagement in research and any publishing experience is favourable.

Section 3 Funding Details 

The PhD is funded by the Horne Family Charitable Fund for a period of 3 years commencing April 2022; this includes home fees and a stipend.

Inquiries –

How to apply: 

Please send a detailed cover letter and proposal to Charley Baker<> along with a CV - please note that depending on volume of applications we may not be able to provide feedback to each applicant.

Closing Date – 15th February 2022

Interviews - 17th & 18th February 2022 (virtual)