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International Occupational Therapy Scholarship, UK

Our International Occupational Therapy Scholarships programme is open to occupational therapists from India applying to study at Sheffield Hallam University on the MSc Applying Occupational Therapy programme who will be enrolling in September 2011. The scholarships will be awarded to well-qualified students who demonstrate professional achievement in the personal statement on their scholarship application form. Successful applicants will have their course fees reduced by £3000, making the overall programme fee £8,520. The MSc Applying Occupational Therapy Programme comes from the same Faculty as the successful MSc Applying Physiotherapy course which has a 100 per cent success rate in preparing students for Health Professions Council registration, a requirement for working in the UK. Demand for occupational therapists in health and social care remains strong in the UK.
Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate International Occupational Therapy Scholarship you must

  • be classed as an international student for fees purposes
  • have a good undergraduate degree
  • have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of IELTS 6.5
  • be enrolling on the MSc Applying Occupational Therapy Course at Sheffield Hallam starting in September 2011
  • be able to evidence professional achievement in your personal statement
  • have submitted your course application
  • The scholarships panel will consider the quality of the personal statement alongside academic achievement when allocating scholarships. The panel will be held after the closing date and applicants will be notified approximately one week after the closing date using the contact details provided on their application form. The decision of the panel is final.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: 20 July 2011

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    2 PhD Anniversary Research Studentships at Bangor University, UK: Implementation in Health and Social Care

    Children with disabilities tend to have frequent contact with health, social care, and specialist education services as they grow up. Whilst health outcomes have improved, disabled children experience some of the most significant physical and mental health disparities in our society. Some children and families, however, appear to be more ‘resilient’ to early challenging childhood experiences than others. Current services rarely specifically focus on promoting wellbeing and resilience in children with disabilities. Little is known about what constitutes ‘resilience promoting’ interventions and services to promote wellbeing, and work needs to be undertaken to understand better how resilience can be promoted and measured. This studentship will explore conceptual, methodological, measurement and interventional issues in relation to wellbeing, resilience and disabled children. Significant energies are directed at closing the gap between the producers of knowledge, public policy, service delivery and the experiences and outcomes of service users. In health and social care, for example, there is a need to base practice on evidence of ‘what works’, although getting evidence into practice is complex and dependent on multiple factors. A wide range of international and national implementation research programmes are being conducted at Bangor University with partners in health and social care and other public services which will provide a foundation for PhD studentships.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 April 2011

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    We are seeking an experienced and inspiring Senior Research Fellow to be a key player in the development of the knowledge transfer portfolio of the newly established Association of Dementia Studies. We require an individual who has demonstrated that they can enthuse and work in partnership with health and social care providers to radically improve services for people living with dementia. In particular, the post-holder is expected to take a leading role in developing the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies.  It is expected that the post holder will work closely with the Director of ADS and deputise for her as appropriate. Together with her, they will have responsibility for securing long-term funding for ADS ensuring that it becomes financially viable after the initial prime funding period.  The focus of this post would be applied research in the development of a practice based portfolio to ensure the delivery of the national dementia strategy. Such activities will be progressed with colleagues from a range of sectors with the aim of developing a centre of excellence locally, nationally and ultimately, internationally. We are looking for an individual who has substantial experience in applied research in dementia care and has an appropriate professional health or social care qualification. We would welcome applications from a range of disciplines but who has a high level of credibility across a range of disciplines.  Areas of expertise in nursing, medicine, social care, activity and occupation, psychology, care homes, care at home, design and tele-care, service commissioning and modelling would be particularly relevant. As the post will involve developing and running research programmes, the post holder will also be expected to have project management experience.

    Scholarship Application Deadline: 14 April 2011

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