PhD Candidate Implementing Group Care into Health Systems for Antenatal and Postnatal Care
The H2020-funded project ‘Group care during the first thousand days (GC-1000)’ aims to gain a systematic and in-depth understanding on how to develop and implement acceptable, feasible and sustainable strategies, that can support the integration of group care (https://www.centeringhealthcare.org) into health systems for antenatal and postnatal care during the first thousand days of life. As a PhD candidate, you will contribute to this research and support the health and wellbeing of families worldwide.
- Albinusdreef, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 36 uur
- € 3103 per maand
The first step in the implementation of this group care is the identification of context-specific factors that will enhance or impede transition from individual provider-to-user care to group antenatal and postnatal care in the included countries for this study. As a PhD student, you will use quantitative and qualitative research methods to explore these context-specific factors. In each country you will identify specific medical and psycho-social needs of women and families during the first thousand days. You will identify local impeding and facilitating factors for the implementation of group-based care and provide guidance and recommendations for adaptation and implementation strategies of existing models of group-based care for each country/site. You will conduct the research and supervise/coach students and research assistants in the included countries. You will also communicate and publish about the research.
Summary of the required skills
· You obtained a master’s degree in health sciences, medical sciences, medical/cultural anthropology, health psychology or a closely related area.
· You are interested and preferably have experience with research regarding children/families, and research regarding the implementation of interventions and more specifically of interventions during and in the first years after pregnancy
· You are enthusiastic about research into the medical and psycho-social needs of women and families in low- and middle-income countries and in vulnerable groups in high-income countries
· You will identify local impeding and facilitating factors for the implementation of group care
· And provide guidance and recommendations for adaptation and implementation strategies of existing models of group care for each country/site.
You have obtained a master’s degree in health sciences, medical sciences, medical/cultural anthropology, health psychology or a closely related area. You have a background in quantitative and qualitative, or mixed-method research and a keen interest in maternal, child, and family health. You are a highly motivated team player with a flexible work approach. Also, you are able to work effectively within an international, multidisciplinary team; and preferably already have some experience with working in international settings. Excellent English language skills are essential for communication within the team, but also for scientific presentations and publications. You are willing and able to conduct and coordinate research activities in different international settings.
You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. Appointment is for a maximum of four years, to be completed with a doctoral thesis. Your salary is € 2,422 gross per month in the first year, amounting to € 3,103 in the fourth year (scale PhD students, CLA UMC).
Group care is evidence-based, transforms the delivery of maternal, newborn and child health care and reduces inequities in services utilization, improves the quality of services, and makes a significant positive impact on the health and wellbeing of mothers, families and children (https://www.centeringhealthcare.org). No evidence-based guidelines exist for health systems to establish and sustain this transformative model.
Care in a group changes the user(s)-provider experience, encourages self-care, is empowering and empowers end-users to learn to increase healthy behaviours for themselves and for their children. It breaks the vicious circle of poor quality and inadequate utilization of services by offering comprehensive antenatal and postnatal care that meets the needs of the end users, care providers and health systems by combining quality clinical care with health promotion and health information activities.
Four Demonstration sites in low- and middle-income countries (South-Africa, Ghana, Surinam, Kosovo), as well as three settings that serve the most vulnerable women and girls in high-income countries, will deliver group antenatal and postnatal care throughout the project. Specifically, GC_1000 will:
1. Adapt and implement group antenatal and postnatal care in selected demonstration sites in collaborative ways that set the groundwork for sustained service delivery and possibilities for scaling- up;
2. Analyze within country data that emerge from the implementation process to create country-specific blueprints for scale-up;
3. Use cross-country synthesis to develop a global implementation strategy toolbox for the adaptation, implementation and scale up of facilitated group care within the first thousand days, particularly to reach the most vulnerable groups of women and girls globally.
Contact: Matty Crone, associate professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Care.
Telephone: +31(0)71 526 86 24.