Medicine – Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Research – Specialised Foundation Programme – Southampton

Employing Trust: University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Clinical & Experimental Sciences Academic Unit
Commencement Dates: August, December, or April
Academic Lead: Prof Eugene Healy
Tel: 02380 796148

Academic Supervisor: To be confirmed
Administrative Contact: Prof Eugene Healy

Main Educational Opportunities:
Academic trainees will meet with the academic lead, and subsequently with their academic supervisor, 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.

Speciality Options:
This 4 month placement will include academic training in one of the following specialties:

  1. Dermatology
  2. Gastroenterology / Hepatology
  3. Neurology
  4. Respiratory
  5. ITU
  6. Nutrition – aligned to one of the other clinical specialities
  7. Child Health (please note, a maximum of one foundation trainee can be taken on in this 4 month post).

Educational Opportunities:

  • Exposure to research into molecular, biological, genetic, clinical and translational aspects of inflammatory and/or neoplastic diseases affecting these organ systems.
  • Regular weekly one hour meetings with supervisors.
  • A short project. The trainee will join a team on an established and ongoing project, either clinical or laboratory based.
  • The trainee will gain experience of planning and conducting research, analysing and presenting the results of research, and an understanding of the role of clinical academics in the health service and universities.

Formal Teaching:

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

  • To gain an overview of the scope of clinical academic research
  • To learn about research methods and their appropriate application
  • To learn about sources of knowledge and knowledge management
  • To learn how to formulate 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.

Participants will be expected to develop their own research project, or component of their research project, in partnership with their academic supervisor. This may involve the:

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

Detailed timetables will be agreed depending on which sub-specialty the F2 trainee is attached to. An example is given for an F2 trainee.

a.m.Journal club. Reading of the literature.   Regular meeting with supervisor(s).Attendance at clinic/clinical procedure for exposure to clinical component of specialtyResearch group meeting/discussion of research with existing clinical and non-clinical Clinical fellows.   Reading relevant literature Grand RoundTraining in clinical component of research.Training in / conduct of laboratory- based research.   Divisional research lecture series.
p.m.Training in research techniques.Training in / conduct of laboratory- based research.Training in / conduct of laboratory-based research.Training in / conduct of laboratory- based researchAnalysis of data, including statistical analysis.

Out of hours/ On call:

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

For further information, see the Clinical & Experimental Sciences unit page on the School of Medicine website at: units/academic units/clinical experimental scien