A new NIHR Fellowship opportunity for those based in Local Authorities, but this time offering fully funded PhD fellowships (modelled on the ICA Programme CDRF).

This pilot scheme has been designed to support the academic ambitions of individuals wishing to develop as health and/or social care researchers whilst remaining employed within, or at least salaried to support, local authorities or local authority supporting services.

With the exception of doctors and dentists, who can already access equivalent dedicated funding opportunities, these awards are available to individuals of any profession or background. Applicants must, however, be employed by:

  • a local authority
  • non-NHS provider of local authority commissioned services
  • a non-profit organisation (such as a charity) that provides services on behalf of a local authority, or supports a local authority in meeting its objectives.

The scheme is now inviting applications which will close on 15 June.

We are delighted to share the news that Sharin Baldwin, one of our iHV Fellows, has completed her Clinical Doctoral Fellowship awarded by NIHR – and she is the only HV to receive this award!

Sharin, Clinical Academic Lead at London North West University Healthcare Trust, has also been awarded the NIHR Development and Skills Award, which she will be undertaking (part-time) at the Clinical Trials Unit at Warwick University from September 2020.

Well done Dr Sharin Baldwin! Many congratulations!

Sharin Baldwin RN, RHV, QN, FiHV, BSc (Hons), PG Dip, MSc, PhD


Applications are invited for a PhD studentship – Children’s and parents’ informed and voluntary consent to major medical and surgical treatment.

Fees and tax-free stipend will be funded by the ESRC and London Bloomsbury Colleges for 3 years, full time, starting October 2017. The student will examine the sociology, philosophy, ethics and law of consent, competence, autonomy and practical decision-making and will undertake qualitative research informed by the sociologies of healthcare and childhood, and by critical realism. Data collection will involve direct and online contact with 40 families and with healthcare professionals in two medical specialties that the student will share in choosing. They hope BAME candidates will consider applying.

Supervisors: Professor Priscilla Alderson and Dr Katy Sutcliffe, Department of Social Science, University College London, and Professor Susan James, Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck University of London.

For application form and details about how to apply see http://www.bloomsbury.ac.uk/studentships/studentships-2017/childrens-and-parents-informed-and-voluntary-consent-to-major-medical-and-surgical-treatment

For informal queries about the post contact Professor Priscilla Alderson [email protected]

Closing date for applications by email, 16:00 on 9 March 2017 to Bloomsbury DTC Administrator [email protected]

City University is advertising a limited number of doctoral studentships supported by a bursary.

Individuals can submit their own proposals or put in an application in relation to proposals submitted by staff – one for example relates to  the midwife–HV interface.

The closing date is 21.3.14.

Contact for further information Ros Bryar at  [email protected]