Phd Studentship In Health And Social Care: Developing The Practice Of Social Prescribing

Job Description

The University of Gloucestershire, in partnership with the NIHR Applied Research Collaborative West, is offering this PhD studentship to develop an understanding of the practice of social prescribing. This study will define and develop the practice of social prescribing through examining examples of practice perspectives which exist locally, nationally, and internationally.

The study will be structured through an initial scope and systematic review of the literature to outline the state of the art in social prescribing practice. It is anticipated that data will be collected through speaking with social prescribers in semi-structured interviews to gain an understanding of their background training and occupational experience, what they have had to learn and how they have made sense of the role.

This proposed study, with matched investment from the Applied Research Collaborative West and the University of Gloucestershire, will generate an evidence-based toolkit for personal development training for social prescribing link workers. The goal will be to influence national education policy development.

The studentship will cover the full direct payment of tuition fees for three years. In addition, a stipend of £16k per year is available.

The post-holder will be eligible to join the NIHR Academy which brings a range of training, peer support and collaboration opportunities in addition to the training and supervisor support offered by the University of Gloucestershire.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in a health, care or psychology related discipline. Candidates with a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or Nurses and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration who are research active are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please send a brief CV and covering letter via email outlining your suitability to:

Dr Jane Melton, Strategic Research Lead (

Selection process: Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on Microsoft Teams on August 23rd 2021

Academic Contact: For informal enquiries and further information, please contact Professor Jane Melton (