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Designing an intelligent maternity care application to enhance the current maternity care communication system for pregnant women in Northern Ireland Applications are invited for the following DfE CAST studentship (Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology). This interdisciplinary PhD project is available in the Institute of Nursing & Health Research (in collaboration with Computing Science Research Institute and Clinisent, N. Ireland) and is tenable in the Faculty of Life and Sciences (in collaboration with Faculty of Computing and Mathematics) at Jordanstown Campus. It is envisaged that the student will spend 25% of their time with the collaborating body. Working with a team of experts from Clinisent, Midwifery and Computing Science will provide the necessary academic, clinical and business opportunity for a student with the appropriate skill set. Consultation with the Public Health Agency and key stakeholders will ensure the project remains focused and policy led. Project Summary: The aim of this project is to develop an intelligent information system using ICT to provide a safe, secure and integrate maternity care platform, to complement and to reduce the need for a woman to carry a paper copy of her Green Maternity Notes. This platform can be integrated with the ECR, presenting both patient pre-natal and post-natal information and key clinical data on fetal development clearly and effectively. This digital green record known as e-notes would complement the current ECR platform and enable obstetricians, GPs, midwives and mothers to access all personal health record information relating to the mother and her baby’s journey prenatally and postnatally. The project will also use algortithms to develop a traffic light system for women to undertake self – assessment of risk and seek early medical and midwifery intervention. The project team envisages the APPS developed will be compatible with the digital health platform currently being planned for NI. Project details: Hand held maternity notes have been successfully used by women in Northern Ireland for over 20 years and have become accepted as normal and standard. Women, midwives and doctors are aware of the limitations of the current system and the problems with mislaid notes, out of date records and the inability of the current paper system to raise alerts. Digitisation is essential to move the current services to a new platform where more effective use of technology in increasing pregnant women’s control of their maternity care data and the provision of simple alert systems to keep mothers and babies safe can be usefully employed. In addition, the development of e-notes accessible on a mobile device regardless of country or place is a major factor in achieving more comprehensive communication systems within maternity services. Therefore, the focus of this PhD is to work collaboratively to develop the new e-notes system and explore the creation of alert systems. The project will develop a digital maternity care platform, to complement and to reduce the need for the Green Maternity Folder (hand held notes carried by mothers). This platform can be integrated with the ECR (electronic patient care record known as the Northern Ireland Maternity System (NIMATS), presenting both maternal pre-natal and post-natal information and key clinical data on fetal development clearly and effectively. The project will focus on a number of important challenges and these will be explored in consultation with the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency and in collaboration with the academic, clinical and industrial partners. The working plan includes the following milestones:
1. A structured assessment of current information systems in maternity care and a critical review of the literature
2. Consultation with key stakeholders
3. Development of digital e-notes to operate alongside the current Green Maternity Notes
4. Submission to Ethics
5. Pilot study and collection of user data from maternity staff and mothers in the clinical environment
6. Integration with existing ECR data (data transformation)
7. Investigate and implement intelligent support algorithms
8. Pilot and evaluate the proposed system Entrance Requirements: Candidates should have ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only. All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Computer Science or a cognate area. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate’s qualifications, skills experience and interests. Successful candidates will enrol as of 1 October 2017, on a full-time programme of research studies leading to the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The studentship will comprise fees together with an annual stipend of £15,553 and will be awarded for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory progress. If you wish to discuss your proposal or receive advice on this project please contact:- Prof. Marlene Sinclair, firstname.lastname@example.org Prof. Huiru Zheng, email@example.com Dr. Dr. Brendan McCann, firstname.lastname@example.org Procedure For more information on applying go to ulster.ac.uk/research Apply online ulster.ac.uk/applyonline The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 28 August 2017 Interviews will be held in September 2017