MPhil/PhD Studentship available full-time or part-time
Project title: Is social prescribing of horticulture therapy feasible, acceptable and associated with positive outcomes for higher functioning autistic adults, and what lessons can be drawn from this about the theory and practice of engaging marginalised groups in health services?
Reference Number: 19-20-002
Start date: 01 October 2019
Director of Studies: Dr Kerryn Husk, NIHR PenCLAHRC, University of Plymouth
2nd Supervisor: Dr Richard Sharpe (Richard.Sharpe@cornwall.gov.uk), Public Health, Cornwall Council
3rd Supervisor: Dr Nick Axford, NIHR PenCLAHRC, University of Plymouth
4th Supervisor: Professor Sheena Asthana, University of Plymouth
The University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and NIHR PenCLAHRC is seeking
a motivated PhD
candidate with outstanding
abilities who is excited about working with services delivering
health interventions, collecting and analysing mixed-methods data, and
communicating results to diverse groups.
Our programme of work around social prescribing seeks to generate robust evidence about what works, for whom, and in what ways in linking individuals from primary care (often their GP) to social interventions have the potential to improve health and wellbeing. We are partnering with Cornwall Council’s Public Health Team and the national charity Autistica for this PhD studentship, in which we plan to assess whether the social prescribing of horticulture therapy is feasible, acceptable and associated with positive outcomes for higher functioning autistic adults. Methods to investigate this will be developed with the successful student and supervisory team, however we anticipate approaches to include the synthesis of existing literature and other data, patient pathway analyses and mixed-method data collection to assess outcomes and the ways in which these outcomes are thought to be accrued.
Previous experience of health services research, especially complex interventions or working with marginalised groups would be advantageous. Interest and knowledge of social prescribing, nature-based interventions or working with people with autism would be an additional benefit. You will join NIHR PenCLAHRC and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Plymouth. Research training, supervision and mentorship will be provided as well as support from advisors in the wider CLAHRC team, including experts in evidence synthesis and complex interventions research methods. For further information please contact Dr Kerryn Husk or Dr Nick Axford