The RCNF Neuro-Rehab Fellows Studentship
The Royal College of Nursing Foundation (RCNF) in partnership with SameYou is providing funding for a 1 year, full-time, Scholarship OR a two year, part-time Scholarship for the MSc by Research (Nursing) for a Home (UK student) to commence in September 2023 (part-time) or January 2024 (full time).
Summary of RCNF Scholarship
The RCN Foundation supports every member of the nursing team as they care for patients and improve the UK's health and wellbeing. Read more about RCN Foundation story and impact. Their grants for nursing-led research and projects, as well as for education and hardship, support professionals to innovate, develop their careers and get through tough times. They champion the nursing team and its achievements, celebrating the difference it makes to people’s lives. Everything they do is based on solid evidence, and they share their vital insights to help improve practice. Their investment in the profession helps raise its profile and inspire the best patient care. They are part of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Group. But it is not required to be an RCN member to receive their support.
This Scholarships has a particular focus on a research study funded by RCNF in partnership with SameYou. A feasibility study to co-design and preliminarily test a nurse-led, holistic, neurological rehabilitation intervention which supports the psychosocial rehabilitation and survivorship of young adults following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
The Fellow will join the research team based here at The University of Edinburgh led by Professor Aisha Holloway (Chair in Nursing Studies) and Professor Daniel Kelly (RCN Chair, The University of Cardiff). The research study is funded for 3 years and started February 2023 and will be undertaken across all 4 UK devolved nations.
The MSc by Research (Nursing) programme in Nursing Studies offers the highest quality of education and development for those nurses interested in developing world class research skills that would ideally position them to progress to PhD study. It aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of research design, data collection and data analysis issues in nursing and the wider health and social care context. The programme enables students to develop their understanding of debates about research, evidence and practice from a nursing lens. The programme is designed for qualified nurse practitioners and for graduates (or equivalent) interested in pursuing a future career as a research leader in the field to drive real-world positive change for those who have survived an Acquired Brain Injury.
The MSc by Research (Nursing) necessitates for students to undertake empirical research as part of their studies, and this will be focusing on developing their dissertation using a case study approach to refine a programme theory that explains how a psychosocial intervention for young adults after an ABI work in various contexts and produces desired outcomes. This will then enable us to design an acceptable nurse-lead psychosocial intervention.
The MSc by Research (Nursing) student in collaboration with the Research Assistant will collect, analyse and report qualitative data to develop a case study from each of the devolved countries (Scotland, England, N Ireland and Wales), identified through the engagement with the research collaborators from each country. The cases will include a range of services in urban/ rural settings, as well as ethnic diversity of respondents.
Data will comprise semi-structured interviews, focus groups and documents identifying relevant services provided currently to young adults following ABI, and therefore, excellent communication and management skills will be required. Informants will include a wide range of participants such as young adults who had the first ABI at the age between 18-45 years and their family/carers, multidisciplinary healthcare teams of professionals delivering ABI rehabilitation to young adults, including general and specialist nurses, service commissioners or managers of the services, local authorities and voluntary sector.
The outcomes generated will facilitate the scoping of the extent and context of service provision across each case including accessibility, mode of delivery and disciplines providing the service. This will allow the literature-based programme theories to be tested in the reality of experience in service provision. The MSc by Research student will be expected to contribute to this phase, and develop skills in data collection, analysis and writing. The student will participate in the initial integration of these data, which will provide insights into the mechanisms and be used to test and refine the emerging programme theories. They will negotiate an element of this work package to write up as their MScR dissertation as well as contributing to dissemination through papers, presentations and other outputs.
The MSc by Research (Nursing)’s contribution is essential to explain how a psychosocial intervention for young adults after an ABI works in various contexts and produces desired outcomes. This will then enable the study’s third phase of designing a feasibility study and undertake acceptability testing of the intervention at the next funding application
The student will be supervised by academic colleagues who are part of the study research team within Nursing Studies in the School of Health in Social Science and will be part of the thriving PGR community within the School. You will also be aligned to the work of the Edinburgh Global Nursing Initiative (EGNI) and existing established research teams within Nursing Studies and the Global Health Academy. This will provide access to successful world leading research teams.
Within The University of Edinburgh, you will have access to the wide range of research methods courses available to postgraduate students to meet your learning needs. The University is one of the leading Universities in the world, and the School offers a research-rich environment that specialises in research capacity development through doctoral and post-doctoral education and opportunities.
The Studentship is for 1-year full time or 2 years part-time. This will cover a stipend of £10,083 in total and University fees. The MSc by Research (Nursing) programme will commence in September 2023 (part-time) or January 2024 (full-time).
Application to this Studentship is a two stage process – you must have carried out both stages by the deadline to be considered for the funding. If you are having any difficulty with your submission, have queries about the application process, or wish to check that your application has been received please contact our Research Admissions Administrator at PGRAdmissions.Health@ed.ac.uk; +44131 651 5144 before 31st July 2023, 11:59pm
- A registered nurse
- A degree in Nursing (First-Class Honours or Upper Second-Class Honours or International equivalent)
- Applicants must have applied or plan on applying to the MSc by Research (Nursing). Only offer holders can be shortlisted, but don’t need an offer to submit a scholarship application.
- Willing to work with the research team
- Excellent written and oral communication.
- Experience of undertaking empirical research
- Interest in Neurological-rehabilitation approaches for adults who have experienced stroke or other brain injury and their families/carers
- Working as part of a research team
a CV of no more than two pages,
a short (500-word) personal statement on how the RCNF Scholarship would impact you and your local/professional communities
a covering letter, outlining why you are interested in applying for this studentship and how you fulfil the essential (and desirable) attributes described below.
Please indicate if you are interested in full or part-time study or either.
Please submit these documents to PGRAdmissions.Health@ed.ac.uk by the deadline.
Please complete the University of Edinburgh online application system for the MSc by Research (Nursing) https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2019&id=138 by the deadline. You will be asked to provide your degree certificate(s); degree transcript(s); references and other documents. For further information please refer to: (school website for MSc by Research (Nursing)).
Applications will only be considered if the online application, CV and covering letter have ALL been submitted by the deadline.
Applicants should also note that as part of the RCNF Fellow Scholarship successful candidates will be required to submit a personal statement at the end of their studies demonstrating the impact of the scholarship, their experience and the benefits of their selected area of continued professional development.
RCNF Fellows will also be invited to, but not required to attend, suitable RCNF events.