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2020 NIHR ACF PES QMUL Acute Care



2020 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Priority Research Themes

HEE Local Office: North Central and East London
Medical School: Queen Mary University of London
Research Theme: Acute Care
Specialty Options: Intensive Care Medicine

Plain English Summary

Our Integrated Academic Training Programme in Intensive Care is based at the Royal London Hospital, an internationally recognised centre for excellence in emergency care. We have nine senior clinical academics and more than 60 research staff, with expertise in every step of the research process from laboratory research and early clinical trials, through to large ‘pragmatic’ clinical trials and population-based research. These teams have worked successfully in research and clinical practice for ten years, and received national and international accolades. The fellow will have the opportunity to choose a project within any one of the main themes in Intensive Care Research:

Trauma and the acute response to injury: This programme includes a wide range of projects from laboratory and clinical research, large-scale clinical trials and applied health. We are interested in how the body responds to injury (either from surgery or major trauma) and how we can use newer scientific techniques to improve outcomes.

Acute organ failure: We are very interested in the short and long-term impact of organ failure complicating all types of critical illness. For example we have focused on acute kidney injury and long-term outcomes, and more recently on muscle wasting and long-term outcomes.

Perioperative intensive care: This work centres on the need to make surgery safer and more effective through changes to treatment before, during and after surgery in the higher risk surgical patient. Our applied clinical research in emergency and elective surgery includes international epidemiological studies, major randomised trials, and health services research.

Sepsis and Infection: In this program we explore the genetic response of critically ill patient to acute illness and the factors that increase the chances of developing infections.

Why join this programme

We are committed to the development of academic clinicians and support trainees throughout their careers. We currently supervise 14 PhD students on clinical research projects with a consistent delivery of fellowship funding from various sources, and high-quality original research publications. We also host three successful clinical MSc courses in Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Trauma Science further underpinning our infrastructure for supporting young clinical academics at all levels. Candidates will be working in the UK’s largest NHS trust, with access to Integrated Academic Training in all aspects of intensive care, from pre-hospital care through to rehabilitation. We have flexibility to organise the clinical component to suit the specific needs of the successful applicant. Tried and tested options available include dedicated protected blocks of academic training or a regular weekly clinical commitment with protected research time. Our clinical environment, research infrastructure and combined expertise provide an outstanding opportunity for Integrated Academic Training in Intensive care for Clinical Lecturers in Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine or Trauma (General) Surgery. Our investment in the career development of academic trainees is mission-critical for future improvements in outcomes for our patients.