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Care and Advocacy

The Care and Advocacy area is open to people working in various sectors including the private, voluntary and public sectors. We particularly encourage applications from carers (both paid and unpaid), ‘experts by experience’, service users, advocates (across all sectors including mental health) and volunteers. Under the care and advocacy area, professional doctoral students have an opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme which has been designed to meet the needs of people who have experience of the health and social care system either as service users or as professionals. The doctorate enables individuals to develop evidence-based research within their own field of work or experience of service use.

Examples of previous and current research in WELS:

·       Community provision of psychological support for palliative patients and their families

·       Volunteers in end-of-life care: how is their role constructed?

·       Lived experiences and psychosocial needs of carers of people with type 2 diabetes

·       Exemplar models identification and support of older carers and carers of people with dementia