Gerontology: Fully Funded Wales School for Social Care Research PhD Scholarship at Swansea Univeresity: Transitions in Care: Information needs concerning the discharge from hospital of an older person

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 3 September 2018

Subject areas: Ageing, Gerontology 
Start date: October 2018
Applications are invited for a 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship under the supervision of Professor Vanessa Burholt and Dr Deborah Morgan at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.
It is common for older people to be discharged from acute hospital settings back into the community or into residential or nursing home care setting. This requires careful discharge planning. Although, multidisciplinary teams are part of this process, it is unclear how much input older people, their families and carers have in the process.
In order to be able to fully participate in this process, older people and their family members or carers should have access to accurate and appropriate information on the range of options and choices available to them. Yet, little is known about the expectations and information needs of older people, family members and kin/non-kin carers regarding the discharge process.
The aim of the PhD is to explore the expectations and information needs of older adults (including people living with dementia), family members and kin/non-kin carers around hospital discharge into the community (social care). The successful candidate will:
Undertake a review of the existing research in this area to identify gaps in the existing literature.Observe how information is given to older people and their families and carers as part of the discharge process in a hospital.Examine the information given to older people at discharge from the hospital.Undertake interviews with older people and their families to see how their expectations and need for information differ from what is currently provided. This will include whether the information covers the topics that they would need, given their expectations regarding the discharge process (e.g. move into residential/nursing care or having the skills and support needed to manage care).Work with older people, family carers and other key health and social care staff to co-produce appropriate discharge information.
The scholarship start date is 1 October 2018. The successful candidate will be required to attend the Wales School for Social Care Research PhD student programme. 
The deadline for applications is midnight 3 September 2018. It is anticipated that the interviews will take place week commencing 10 September 2018.


Candidates must have an undergraduate degree (2:1 or first classification) and an MSc in gerontology, sociology, social work, social care, social policy health and social care or a relevant discipline.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


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This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,777. There will be additional funds for research expenses.


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