PhD opportunity - Developing a weight management toolkit

13 June 2014

  • Are you Interested in weight management or tackling obesity?
  • Are you interested in improving care for pregnant and postnatal women who need support to manage their weight?
  • Are you keen to get more involved in research?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes – have you considered doing a PhD by portfolio?

Maternity services and Public Health have been working on an idea for improving the quality of care delivered to women in Powys with a raised BMI. We are looking to develop a weight management toolkit that can be incorporated into routine care. Before developing a bigger research study we are looking to work through a small research study to develop the toolkit locally. Please contact me for a copy of the draft research idea. You will be able to change the proposal as you develop your own ideas for the project.

So where do you come in? – We are looking for an interested member of staff to complete the initial work around developing the weight management  toolkit for Powys as part of a Masters programme or a PhD by Portfolio.

What is PhD by Portfolio? – This PhD route is suited to practitioners working in the clinical setting as they are able to tailor the studies to their work environment and relevant local needs. In essence it is more practice based and incorporated into your job role. You would still receive the full support of the University and have a team around you to help you progress through each stage. This route does vary from University to University but we are proposing that you will gain support from Carolyn Wallace in establishing the best route for you to take forward this project. The project would be split into three small research studies carried out within Powys that would contribute to the overall award of PhD. The  first two studies would be considered for a MPhil award should you decide not to continue to progress the final year to the PhD.

How is this funded? – There are several avenues for applying for funding for MPhil and or PhD studies and we can help you to explore these if you are keen to continue with project.

Anybody interested please email as an expression of interest by 16th July so that we may consider this option in our next meeting.

Carolyn Wallace:

Dr Carolyn Wallace
Reader in Integrated Healthcare and Frailty
University of South Wales