The research studentships will be based at the University of Kent and linked to the ARC KSS academy. Successful applicants will benefit from research training and support across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area as well as regional programmes of applied health and social care research in social care and social work, primary and community care, child and adolescent mental health and dementia.
We welcome applications from prospective students interested in the below topics and in the use of integrated data sets, community and public health, co-production and patient and public involvement and engagement in relation to our areas of research interest. Particular areas of interest must align with ARC KSS themes and may include:
Social care: Effectiveness and sustainability of person-centred social care, new models of person-centred social care, cost-effectiveness of person-centred social care, risk factors, variation and inequalities in person-centred social care.
Young people’s mental health: Place-based interventions and parenting, interrelationships between mental and physical health in children and young people, supporting health and wellbeing in children, young people, family and carers
Primary and community care: Sustainable care for marginalised and migrant groups, supporting people to live well with chronic conditions including comorbid mental and physical health conditions, service redesign and integrated care and evaluations of new forms of service provision.
Dementia: Research of benefit to people with dementia including how to live well with the condition, prevention or care services for people living with co-morbidities and Dementia.
Co-production: Co-producing health & well-being including self-management, shared decision-making, innovation co-design, co-producing health and social care services including involvement/participation in organisations, governance and commissioning and co-production of research.
Public health: Social prescribing and preventive interventions for the mental and physical health of elderly people living at home or in residential or nursing care settings, Secondary analysis of integrated datasets to chart care pathways across health and social care.
Digital Innovation: Harnessing digital innovations in order to create a sustainable health system.
Health and Social Care Economics: Supporting commissioning and decision making within health services through providing health and social care economic evidence showing effects and beneficiaries, costs and value for money.
ARC KSS is also keen to support PhD projects taking a place-based or whole systems approach focusing on health or social care inequalities and vulnerable groups in the following settings:
- Coastal communities
- Rural and isolated communities
- Deprived communities within a largely affluent locality