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Development of an intervention to support informal carers in their delivery of physical healthcare


1st supervisor: Dr Kathleen Mulligan

2nd supervisor: Prof Stanton Newman

Research centre

Health Services Research

Project description

An ambition of the NHS Five Year Forward View is to help people avoid hospital stays where possible. An aging population also means that more people with physical health problems are being cared for in their own home. At least some of this healthcare is provided by informal carers such as spouses and family members. Informal carers perform an array of physical healthcare tasks including monitoring for signs of deteriorating health, changing dressings and giving medication. Carers will vary in their abilities and confidence to undertake these complex tasks and many carers experience stress in carrying out this role. Understanding carer needs in supporting the physical healthcare of their partner/family members can help to inform the development of interventions to better support them in their carer role.

Research aims and objectives

Aim - to understand the needs of informal carers who provide physical healthcare in the home and to develop a theoretically-informed training intervention to support them in their provision of healthcare.


  1. Identify the role that informal carers play in providing physical healthcare in the home
  2. Identify carers’ barriers and enablers to providing informal physical healthcare in the home.
  3. Develop a training intervention to help informal carers to deliver physical healthcare.
  4. Evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention to informal carers and the people for whom they provide care.

Criteria for the studentship

  • Academic excellence
  • A postgraduate qualification in health psychology or other relevant health-related topic
  • An interest in health psychology
  • Experience of working with people who have physical health difficulties and/or carers.

If you would like to have an informal discussion please contact Kathleen.Mulligan.1@city.ac.uk.