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The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme

2018/19 academic year

What is the scheme?

The School of Health Sciences, in partnership with several local healthcare organisations, has developed an innovative Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) scheme, which takes four and a half years to complete on a full-time basis (0.4WTE clinical, 0.6WTE research).

The scheme aims to:

The scheme provides a funded opportunity for registered health professionals to gain experience within a clinical service area in conjunction with academic doctoral research agreed by our NHS partners.

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellows are:

The scheme consists of two part-time interrelated components:

1. Clinical practice (employed)

The part-time clinical post (0.4 wte) will be described in the Agenda for Change (AfC) job description for the clinical service area and professional registration.

CDRFs are usually available at a number of NHS organisations in the locality (University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, Solent NHS Trust, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Western Sussex NHS Trust and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). There are plans to extend the scheme to other organisations in the near future.

NHS organisation induction, relevant training. In addition, clinical supervision will facilitate learning and practice within the clinical environment. Post-holders will work according to the clinical service area needs which will include flexible shift patterns and travel according to service needs.

2. Research (PhD)

The research component of the scheme (0.6 wte) will involve doctoral level research that addresses everyday clinical questions and priorities as previously agreed by our partners. This will include the Faculty's taught doctoral research-training scheme together with other related learning relevant to the PhD project. The doctoral research topic will fit with the School Research Group themes.

Doctoral supervisors from the University will provide supervision throughout the research. The academic time can be spent in our purpose built Clinical Academic Facilities, and at the Highfield campus.

Westwood, G Fader, M Roberts L Green, S Prieto, J Bayliss-Pratt L (2013) Clinical academics can transform care. HSJ, 27th September 2013 pp28-29.

Benefits of Clinical Academics

The benefits of employing clinical academics to the NHS are evident. By working and researching simultaneously, there is transfer of knowledge, innovation and practices across the so-called ‘theory-practice gap'.

See the three case studies of our Post-Doctoral Research Fellows.

Dr Jacqui Prieto's

pioneering role as a clinician academic combines her research and clinical work, which focuses on implementing, embedding and sustaining behavioural change in infection prevention practice.

Dr Sue Green

is a Registered Nurse and Nutritionist with a background in acute and continuing care nursing, learning and teaching in higher education, and nutrition research.

Dr Lisa Roberts

Clinical practice involves thinking about so much more than what to do – it is also knowing when and how to help, guided by the patient.

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To find out more, please contact Prof Cathy Bowen 

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Clinical academic pathways attract the brightest and best practitioners to undertake research in issues of importance to patients and the NHS. These academics work in multidisciplinary and inter-professional teams, use research skills and analytical thinking to understand clinical problems, develop evidence-based solutions and implement change.

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