Funding

Self-funded PhD students only

Project Code

HSSW1561015

Department

School of Health Sciences and Social Work

Start dates

February and October

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

Using the toilet independently is something that's often taken for granted. But for those who need assistance, it can be a daily struggle – and one that's only made more difficult by unfamiliar environments, such as healthcare settings. In those circumstances, toilet use is an issue of dignity, emotional wellbeing, self-identity and confidence.

This self-funded PhD research explores how to improve this environment, and the elimination needs of older adults in health and social care settings, including best-practice staffing behaviours, and the design and functionality of the environment.

Your research will contribute to a body of environmental design and falls research, based in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, complemented by expertise in research methodologies and collaborative working. It is supervised by Dr Amy Drahota, Ageing Network Facilitator for the Faculty of Science.

The work will include:

  • exploring environmental characteristics surrounding the elimination needs of older adults
  • investigating the positioning of commodes in relation to patients
  • researching the trade-offs between dignity, fall-prevention, ease of transfer, manual handling and staff resourcing when it comes to commode positioning
  • examining the type and positioning of toilet roll dispensers, which is particularly important for individuals with unilateral weakness as a result of stroke
  • systematic review, with a potential for randomised trial of commode position and observational and qualitative research methods

Together with staffing behaviours, the design of the environment surrounding elimination needs has the potential to promote independence and wellbeing, as well as reduce the risks associated with falls and injury.

This novel area of study lends itself to a mixed methods PhD, incorporating a systematic review, a potential for randomised trial of commode positioning, and observational (e.g. comparing falls data across different environments/conditions) and qualitative research, exploring the environmental design for individuals with different needs.

Funding

Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).

2019/2020 entry

Home/EU full-time students: £4,327 p/a*

Home/EU part-time students: £2,164 p/a*

International full-time students: £15,900 p/a*

International part-time students: £7,950 p/a*

*Fees are subject to annual increase

By Publication Fees 2019/2020

Members of staff: £1,610 p/a*

External candidates: £4,327 p/a*

*Fees are subject to annual increase

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

  • An appropriate first or upper second class honours degree of any United Kingdom university or a recognised equivalent non-UK degree of the same standard honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject.
  • In exceptional circumstances, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • Full CV including personal details, qualifications, educational history and, where applicable, any employment or other experience relevant to the application
  • Contact details for two referees able to comment on your academic performance
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for EU students)

Make an Enquiry

For administrative and admissions enquiries, please contact sci-pgr-enquiries@port.ac.uk

How to apply

To make an enquiry about this project, get in touch with the PhD Supervisor for this programme, Dr Amy Drahota (amy.drahota@port.ac.uk), quoting the project code HSSW1561015 and title.

You can also visit our How to Apply pages to get a better understanding of how the PhD application process works.

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