Parental involvement in the care of sick neonates

This workstream will explore the potential of increased active parental involvement in facility neonatal care in low- and middle-income countries, to improve outcomes for small and sick neonates. Using a participatory action research approach, we will synthesise existing evidence surrounding experiences and parent partnership models and explore parents’ and health workers’ experiences of current care in India, Pakistan and Tanzania. In phase 2, a co-production process, involving stakeholders and communities will guide development of a context specific model of parental partnerships for each setting, which will be implemented in a facility in each country. A before and after cohort study in each country will then determine the feasibility of a large-scale trial of the intervention in phase 3.  A parallel process evaluation will determine whether the intervention was implemented as intended and any potential barriers and/or modifications required. With the support of the workstream leads and supervisory team, the successful candidate will develop an independent, but closely aligned 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 finalise an acceptable intervention and a protocol for a wider evaluation study to assess effectiveness. Giving a voice to parents and encouraging cooperation with providers will raise awareness of key issues in improving neonatal care, towards reducing preventable deaths and improving social support for families with a high probability of successful roll-out to other low-and middle-income settings.

Training opportunities: Applied health research, evidence synthesis experience and understanding of complex intervention development and testing, including feasibility studies. Participatory methods, qualitative and quantitative research. Community engagement and involvement, dissemination skills.

Skills required: Understanding of the context of neonatal care in LMICs, neonatal nursing or other related health care professional background would be an asset. Experience of conducting systematic reviews in health care, experience of qualitative data collection and analysis. Strong communication and organisational skills.        

Contact: Prof Sudhin Thayyil (Imperial), Dr Tracey Mills (LSTM)    

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

Application Closing

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

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