The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the UK Government response to the Morecambe Bay Inquiry, has been to propose the separation of midwifery supervision from regulation. Following this, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) convened a Taskforce to develop an employer led model of supervision for midwives in Scotland. A proposed employer led model has been co-produced with key stakeholders; which will be supported by nationally consistent education preparation and be implemented from January 2018. A three year evaluation of the model will measure the impact in practice of the new employer led supervision model; outline changes required further to implementation and testing; and transferability to other professions under the CNOs leadership.
The Scottish Government invites applications from Scottish Universities to bid for funding to host a PhD studentship in research into this area of midwifery practice.
The PhD candidate will:
- gain ethical approval, establish working relationships with NHS Boards and other key stakeholders, and gain access to sites (year 1)
- gather data on sites before, during and after implementation (year 2)
- analyse data, write up and dissemination (year 3)
A mixed methods design will be used to ensure the evaluation questions, relating to effects and suitability, are answered. The research will use the learning outcomes from the educational preparation to aid evaluation of the impact and outcome of the new model on the support and development needs of midwives.
Measures will aim to evaluate the impact of the new model on midwives and midwifery practice. Examples might include: personal wellbeing; emotional strain and burnout; staff morale and satisfaction; sickness and absence; advocacy for women and families; clinical decision making; reflection on care and clinical practice; self-efficacy, confidence, adherence to national practice standards.
Evaluation will inform the need for refinement further to testing of this model in practice, to ensure future fit for Scotland. It will provide the CNO with assurance related to NHS Board implementation; outline the interface with midwifery revalidation; and indicate potential transferability across professions under the CNOs leadership.
The proposal should be completed using the headings provided on the application form and should be no longer than a total of 4 pages of text completed in Calibri font at font size 11 with no changes to the line spacing or the margins of the form.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 pm on Friday 3rd March 2017.
Applications should be submitted electronically to CSO Grant applications
Any specific queries should be addressed to Margaret Syme