2016 Preparatory Clinical Training Fellowship

Applications for this call are closed 

Preparatory Research Training Fellowship post working at the mental / physical health interface, supported jointly by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centres at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. This post is available for up to 12-months full-time, but shorter-term and part-time posts are also options. The post is suitable for clinicians undertaking specialist training (ST3-5) and non-medics, including allied health professionals (Band 6 – 7).

Preparatory Fellowships are designed to provide the time, resources and support to help bridge the gap between current training/employment and further professional and career development in research. The Fellow will be expected to plan, prepare and submit an application to an external funding body to continue their research training (e.g. through a three-year Clinician Training Fellowship), research grant or other Career Development award.

King’s Health Partners hosts two NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) and a NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia (BRU). Each BRC has a particular focus, with research themes based on physical health primarily at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and mental health/neurology at South London and Maudsley / Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. There are existing research links between the two institutions and both BRCs have a strong commitment to training, with a dedicated training and research capacity building Cluster in each.

We wish to offer a comprehensive portfolio of collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that involve both the BRC at GSTT and the BRC/BRU at SLaM, combining supervisory expertise and resources from the two organisations. To facilitate this, there is now funding to support fellows dedicated to working on joint mental and physical health research projects for up to 12 months.

Both Biomedical Research Centres have successful experience of running one year ‘pump prime’ (Preparatory) funding schemes. Fellows can complete training courses, actively pursue their research project and are expected to prepare a research fellowship application for submission to an external funding body to support a PhD. Fellows are supported with research training, including development of skills to ready them for competing in a funding environment. The one year scheme has been successful in allowing us to support a new cohort each year, with all fellows actively pursuing funding and gaining further fellowships to continue their project. Importantly, the track record for acquiring external funding is very high.

This appointment will benefit from expert supervision and access to resources and infrastructure across the organisation.

All professional groups, including non-clinical researchers, are welcome to apply. Many of the projects will be particularly suited to specific professional groups. You should read the project descriptions carefully to see if you have the appropriate background for the project. You might wish to contact the supervisor in advance to see if your experience and background is suitable for the project before applying.

Applicants must choose from the following projects and discuss the project with the supervisory team prior to submitting an application:

  • Physical health in young adults with PTSD in a representative British cohort (PDF 257kb)
  • The efficacy and mechanisms of facilitated access to electronic brief interventions for alcohol misuse in acute and mental health patients, and its impact on physical and mental health and quality of life. (PDG 341kb)
  • Respiratory risk among heroin/opiate addicts: exploring poor recognition and testing indices of harm (PDF 335kb)
  • Cardiovascular outcomes and prescribing in dementia (CVOPD) (PDF 247kb)
  • Network-based prediction of emotional and cognitive functioning in patients with idiopathic generalized epilepsies (PDF 240kb)