Human Development and Health, Research – Specialised Foundation Programme – Southampton

Employing Trust: University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Human Development & Health Academic Unit
Commencement Dates : August, December, or April
Academic Lead: Professor Elaine Dennison
Clinical Supervisor: As appropriate for clinical area of interest

Main Educational Opportunities

Academic trainees will meet with the academic lead during their F1 year to discuss the specialties and research opportunities available to them and will select a project/specialty in which to conduct his/her academic training.

Educational Opportunities include (but are not restricted to):

  • Opportunity to gain experience in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology, and undertake a research project utilising the unique national cohorts at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre (Hertfordshire Cohort Study, Southampton Women’s Survey).
  • Potential for exposure to laboratory science, in laboratories of the fetal physiology, human nutrition, and bone research groupings.
  • Experience of clinical rheumatology or another clinical discipline of interest through a weekly outpatient clinic
  • Opportunity to gain experience in undergraduate teaching, through involvement in Medicine in Practice

For examples of the research undertaken at HDH please visit

Formal Teaching Programmes

Generic research skills training provided by the R&D Support Unit and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, at Southampton General Hospital (10 half day sessions). This course will enable academic trainees:

  • To gain an overview of the scope of clinical research
  • To learn about research methods and their appropriate application
  • To learn about sources of knowledge and knowledge management
  • To learn how to form research questions
  • To learn how to critically appraise research
  • To master elementary statistics and understand their application to research
  • To understand the sources of funding for research and financial management of research
  • To understand the ethics of research, consent and confidentiality
  • To understand how research is regulated and governed.

Between sessions participants will be expected to develop their own research projects involving the:

  • Generation of research questions
  • Design of research protocols
  • Financial aspects of research
  • Navigation through ethics and the regulation of research.

Epidemiology for Clinicians annual course.


An example of the potential timetable is provided below:

a.m.OPDResearch MRC LEC/laboratoryResearch MRC LEC/laboratoryResearch MRC LEC/laboratoryClinical research training Wellcome Trust CRF
p.m.Research MRC LEC/laboratoryResearch MRC LEC/laboratoryResearch MRC LEC/laboratoryResearch MRC LEC/laboratoryResearch MRC LEC/laboratory

Out of hours/On call:

Hours WorkedWork Pattern: No fixed on-call; potential for linkage into acute medicine rota as negotiated