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Researcher Funded For PhD After Trust Links Up with Staffordshire University

Researcher Funded For PhD After Trust Links Up with Staffordshire University

Date of release: 15 September 2020

Latest News: Vanda Carter

A nurse researcher from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has become the first to benefit from a collaboration between the organisation and Staffordshire University by receiving funding to undertake a PhD.

Vanda Carter, Trust Practice Education Facilitator for Research, has been awarded funding to complete her doctorate studies.

Vanda has received a special fee waiver in celebration of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife from the university’s School of Social Health and Care to undertake her doctorate education, which starts this month.

Her PhD will be an investigation into the value of free text data in incident reporting systems to gain an insight on health care quality and safety through the lens of multiple stakeholders.

“I feel honoured and privileged to have been accepted to commence my Doctorate education at Staffordshire University,” said Vanda. “I am also bowled over to have been awarded a special fee waiver.”

Dr Ann Ewens, Dean of the School of Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University, said: “I am delighted that Staffordshire University is developing a strategic partnership with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. 

“Alongside a number of joint ambitions for this partnership, the School of Health and Social Care at Staffordshire University and the Trust share an absolute commitment and passion for patient safety. 

“To support this agenda the School is pleased to provide support for three PhD students as part of its celebration of the 2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 

“The three PhD candidates will all be studying around the area of patient safety and includes a nurse at RWT and a nurse and a midwife from the School of Health and Social Care.

“No one could have known just how much the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife would see these professions thrown into the limelight as healthcare practitioners made visible to the public their true worth during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Protecting the safety of patients is a vital role for nurses and midwives, and here at Staffordshire University we will be working to ensure our graduates are the safest practitioners in the sector.”

During her PhD, Vanda will be working closely with Dr Sarahjane Jones PhD, Associate Professor in Patient Safety, School of Health and Social Care.

Vanda added: “Thank you Dr Sarahjane Jones and Dean Dr Ann Ewens from Staffordshire University. I would also like to thank our Chief Nurse, Professor Ann-Marie Cannaby, for her support and encouragement. I’m thrilled and looking forward to all the challenges I will face.”


Notes to Editor

  • For further information, please call Tim Nash on 07714 741097 or email tim.nash2@nhs.net

  • Since qualifying as a registered nurse in 1990s in Birmingham, Vanda has been part of multi-disciplinary teams in oncology and research, providing excellent, safe care in a variety of clinical environments and specialities at varying grades.

  • Her areas of interest include research in health management, policy, quality, safety, workforce and innovation and she was awarded an MA in Health Management and Policy in 2017.
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