H&SC PGTA in Therapeutic Arts - Studentship & Funding opportunities - University of Derby

H&SC PGTA studentship in Therapeutic Arts

Developing an evidence-base for the use of art therapy within a perinatal mental health service

College of Health & Social Care - Department of Therapeutic Practice


Description of research area:

NICE guidelines[i] indicate that art therapy is a suitable intervention for psychosis but restrictions upon resources makes it difficult for local NHS Trusts to offer art therapy as an intervention. In addition, whilst qualitative and anecdotal evidence exists which suggest that art therapy works within a range of contexts, there is a need to generate evidence of effectiveness at a local level to help with the commissioning of an art therapy services that will complement existing interventions and treatments. In particular, the need for high-quality quantitative evidence is requested by commissioners. The art therapy profession recognises this need and is encouraging and supporting greater use of quantitative methods to measure the effectiveness of art therapy and to support the existing body of qualitative data.

An agreement has been reached with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust for them to host a full time, Traditional Route PhD student who will help to establish and measure an art therapy service within a specialist perinatal mental health service. The service already hosts MA Art Therapy students on clinical placements and it is envisaged that such placements will help to form the basis of the service, with the PhD student providing oversight and supervision.

The methodology employed will be shaped as the research progresses but it is envisaged that it will primarily be focused upon the development and use of quantitative measurements, supported by qualitative data.

This is a full-time position that will last 3 years. It will therefore require someone who is able to demonstrate that they have the required resources to fulfil that commitment throughout the life of the project.

The supervisory team will include Dr Jamie Bird and Kirsty McTaggart, with additional input from Professor Susan Hogan and other specialists as required.

  • Principal accountabilities:
    • To obtain an honorary contract with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and interact with appropriate ethical committees
    • To work with University of Derby and Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust staff on the development of a sustainable art therapy service within a specialist perinatal mental health service (located at Derby and Chesterfield)
    • To plan, provide and develop an art therapy service for inpatients including systematic assessment, treatment and evaluation of individual and group work
    • To manage and clinically supervise allocated staff (trainees)
    • To undergo research and scholarly activity associated with their PhD programme and to develop a publication record in the field of art therapy
    • To teach on programmes and modules within the agreed curricula for therapeutic arts, particularly within the areas related to the arts therapies at masters level and the creative expressive therapies at undergraduate level. This will include the supervision of MA Art Therapy students whilst attending clinical placement
    • To liaise with the Discipline Lead and Programme Leaders within Therapeutic Arts subject area and to be directed by them as appropriate
    • To observe and implement university policies and procedures
  • Eligibility (including whether the position is available to international applicants): Open to UK, EU and international students
  • Type of studentship: PGTA
  • Funded by College/Department: funding details and duration 3 years, tuition fees paid to the Home/EU level + £14,553 per annum stipend. Please note that if you are assessed as Overseas for fees purposes, you will have to pay the difference in tuition fees through other means.


For details of how to apply, please see:


When submitting your application, please include the reference code H&SC_TherapeuticArts_PGTA_0118 in the email subject line and on the application form.

Complete applications should be forwarded to the Research Student Office at researchoffice@derby.ac.uk

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Jamie Bird / 01332 594044 / j.bird@derby.ac.uk


Deadline for applications: 28 February 2018

Interviews will be held week commencing 26 March 2018

Proposed start date 01/05/18