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2020 NIHR ACF PES Plymouth Acute Care



2019 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Priority Research Themes

HEE Local Office: South West
Medical School: Plymouth
Research Theme: Acute Care
Specialty Options: Emergency Medicine

Plain English Summary

The ACF will join other Emergency Medicine trainees in the Peninsula, gaining relevant experiences and skills as required by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine curriculum. In Plymouth there is a dedicated teaching programme, and a local podcast-delivered education programme open to all. This is supported by the full range of locally delivered resuscitation courses and innovative simulation based training. In most cases clinical training will be arranged entirely in University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust where both clinical and academic activities occur. The assessment of clinical progress will be competence-based rather than timebased with the CCT date determined flexibly and tailored to the needs of the individual trainee. Assessment of the trainee's progress will be made at a joint academic / clinical ARCP.

The ACF will be supervised directly by Professor Smith, and encouraged to participate in the ongoing programme of work looking at the management of major trauma, as well as developing individual research portfolios in preparation for an application for a funded PhD. There are currently grant applications under review or in progress looking at a variety of aspects of emergency medicine, including the management of low risk chest pain, and the triage of injured patients to major trauma centres.

The research component will depend on the level of training at which the trainee enters the ACF programme, but can either be on day release (typically one day per week) or blocks of 3 months within a training year, by mutual agreement. The research programme is broad and will accommodate trainees at all levels, with a view to submission of at least one paper to a peer-reviewed journal per year, and work towards obtaining funding for a higher degree. The trainee will have an Academic Educational Supervisor who will be different to their Clinical Educational Supervisor. The two will work closely together to draw up a bespoke clinical and academic training programme appropriate for the trainee's specialty and research interests. ACFs are linked via email and social activities to the existing cohort.

Biannual networking events are arranged for the trainees and provide a forum for discussing career progression challenges. The trainees also have an active social network, which provides opportunity for mutual support and growth of the clinical academic community.

Academic training will be tailored to individuals' needs but trainees will be encouraged to take part in the PUPSMD research training programme. Details of the training opportunities are provided in a local `ACF guide' provided to all trainees. All ACFs are supported to achieve up to 60 credits (Certificate Stage) via a range from the MClinRes, MClinEd and ResM programmes. ACFs can also access the extensive early career researcher training opportunities that are provided by the University of Plymouth, via its Researcher Development Programme, with sessions available in each of the four key domains: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities; Personal Effectiveness; Research Governance and Organisation; Engagement, Influence and Impact. Training is also provided in `Applying for Research Funding' to assist trainees in moving on to a PhD.