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PhD Researcher

My PhD title is Hiraeth - The experience of older Welsh speakers in care 

My background

After graduating with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1994 I have worked in housing and homelessness, supporting people with substance misuse issues. I received my MSc in Strategic Management and Public Services from Cardiff University in 2004, where my research 'Welcome to Marlboro’ Country,' looked at the impact of smoking on organisational culture.

Currently I work for the Swansea Bay University Health Board in quality, safety and patient experience. Within this role I have won two good practice awards for promoting the Welsh Language within health and a Patient Choice Award for patient-centred care.

My research

I began my PhD research in 2019. My research will examine the experience of older Welsh speakers in care settings, including nursing, residential and long stay hospital care; considering whether their language needs are recognised and addressed. The study will look at how being able to, or unable to, receive care through the medium of Welsh affects older people’s health and wellbeing. Through interviewing older people and their carers the study will hear in their own words, the importance of language on their day to day life in care.

Drawing on global studies, I will review whether the experience of Welsh speakers in predominantly English speaking environments, echoes that of minority language speakers in care settings in other countries.

The Welsh Language Standards place a requirement on providers of health and social care services to take people’s Welsh language needs into account, I will explore the provision of linguistically appropriate care from the perspective of practitioners in order to understand potential barriers to delivery of the Standards.  As an output from this study I will develop a toolkit of good practice to support providers in meeting the needs of older Welsh speakers in care.



Dr Deborah Morgan, Dr Charles Musselwhite




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