Development, implementation, and evaluation of a respectful maternal and newborn care bundle (2 Studentships)

This project will support the development, feasibility and evaluation of a respectful maternal and newborn care bundle to reduce the incidence of disrespectful care and abuse in six maternity facilities in Tanzania and Malawi. Using appreciative inquiry (a positive organisational change approach) and behaviour change theory, the research will include pre-implementation phase to agree and pilot bundle components. During phase 2 implementation, the bundle will be introduced in 6 facilities and then evaluated using mixed-methods including an interrupted time series approach. With the support of the workstream leads and supervisory team, the successful candidate will develop an independent study contributing to the workstream aims.    

Where does the project lie on the translational pathway: T2(human/clinical research) - T3 (evidence into practice)

Workstream outputs: We will determine whether the care bundle has the potential to reduce the incidence of disrespectful care in Tanzania and Malawi with a high probability of successful roll-out to other low-income settings.

Training opportunities: Applied health research, experience and understanding of complex intervention development and testing, including pragmatic trials. Participatory methods, including appreciative inquiry, qualitative and quantitative research. Community engagement and involvement, dissemination skills.

Skills required: Understanding of current context of facility care in Malawi or Tanzania, midwifery, or nursing background would be desirable. Previous experience of qualitative research methods and clinical research including trials would be an asset. Strong communication and organisational skills.     

Contacts: Prof Dame Tina Lavender, Dr Carol Bedwell     

If you would like further information or an informal discussion prior to submitting your application please email the named contact

Application Closing date: 30thSeptember 2021, 12 noon UK time

Interested in Applying for this Opportunity? – Further details including Application process can be found here.