West Yorkshire (WY) Academic Posts

  • 18 Academic Research Programmes.
  • 3 Academic Research Placements in General Practice 
  • Enrolment on the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research

The full academic rotations for YHFS are available at the bottom of the page (filter by West).

 

How to Apply

For details of how to apply, please see our Allocation Process section. If you have any queries, please contact foundation.yh@hee.nhs.uk

 

What Does WY Offer to Academic Trainees?

Within West Yorkshire there are 21 Academic Foundation Training Programmes.  These incorporate a standard F1 training programme and an F2 training programme which includes a 4 month academic research attachment at the University of Leeds and enrolment onto the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research.

  • 18 of the Academic Foundation Research Placements are offered in research areas linked to a broad range of clinical specialties
  • 3 of the Academic Foundation Placements are in Primary Care

 

Projects and Supervisors

Projects and Supervisors

Academic Foundation Projects and Supervisors – West Yorkshire (for 4-month F2 projects in Aug 2019 - July 2020)

West Yorkshire Academic Foundation placements are available with the following supervisors in the research areas indicated below. Please indicate three projects you would be interested in undertaking in order of preference by emailing Jo Bentley (J.Bentley@leeds.ac.uk) who will then put you in touch with the appropriate academic. If there is not a project offered in a particular specialty you are interested in pursuing research in contact Jo Bentley (J.Bentley@leeds.ac.uk) to discuss and we will advise you. 

 

 

Supervisor

Clinical Specialty

Project description

1

Prof Else Guthrie

Psychiatry

Characterising the clinical activity  of liaison psychiatry services

2

Prof Allan House

Psychiatry

Repeated self-harm: reasons for which people repeatedly self-harm; use of social media by people who self-harm; developing new interventions

3

Prof Allan House

Psychiatry

The nature and treatment of medically unexplained symptoms

4

Prof Allan House

Psychiatry

Living with long term conditions: understanding those with severe or complex problems of adjustment

5

Prof Else Guthrie

Psychiatry

A systematic review of high cost patients with depression and anxiety

6

Prof Else Guthrie

Psychiatry

A systematic review of high cost patients with medically unexplained symptoms

7

Prof Mike Bennett

Palliative Medicine

Impact of age on quality of end of life care and place of death

8

Prof Mike Bennett

Palliative Medicine

Factors associated with different opioid dose trajectories in the last months of life

9

Prof Mike Bennett

Palliative Medicine

Determining thresholds for clinical response to blood transfusion and factors that influence this

10

Prof Mike Bennett

Palliative Medicine

Variations in palliative care duration before death for specific cancer and non-cancer diseases, and associated patient or service characteristics   

11

Prof Ann Henry

Clinical Oncology

Analysing patterns of relapse following Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SABR) to optimise patient selection

12

Dr Adel Samson
Dr Steve Griffin

Medical Oncology

Suppression of Human Papilloma Virus, using oncolytic virus-based immunotherapy, to enhance anti-cancer efficacy

13

Prof Phil Quirke

Histopathology

3D visualization of early development of bowel  cancer using the novel iDIsco technique

14

Prof Phil Quirke

Histopathology

Investigating the immune response in bowel cancer - the microbiome and colonic inflammation

15

Prof Phil Quirke

Histopathology

Use of the new 3 dimensional light sheet microscope to study tumour invasion in bowel cancer

16

Dr Darren Treanor

Histopathology (Digital Pathology)

Evaluating new systems for digital pathology

17

Dr Darren Treanor

Histopathology (Digital Pathology)

Are you sure it’s cancer? Cognition, error and image quality in diagnostic pathology

18

Dr Darren Treanor

Histopathology (Digital Pathology)

Computerised image analysis for the diagnosis of cancer

19

Prof Rory O’Connor
Prof Hemant Pandit

Rehabilitation Medicine

Evaluating cognitive impairment following major trauma or anaesthesia

20

Prof Rory O’Connor
Prof Hemant Pandit

Rehabilitation Medicine

Technology-enhanced prehabilitation prior to total knee replacement

21

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Patient related outcome measures in children's hand surgery. This project would focus on duplicate thumb.

22

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Soft tissue tumours in the hand - pathway evaluation, demographics and patterns of disease.

23

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Patient related outcome measures after hand trauma. This project would focus on fingertip injury and consequences for the working population.

24

Prof Hemant Pandit

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty

25

Prof Hemant Pandit
Prof Simon Howell

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

– perioperative medicine

Perioperative Risk Stratification and Modification in Patients Undergoing Elective Joint Arthroplasty

26

Dr Anthony Howard

 

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

 

Prospective study into surgical optimisation of trauma patients with the comorbidities associated with obesity.

27

Dr Anthony Howard

 

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

 

Undertaking a prospective analysis of Polytrauma patients and consent to surgical treatment

28

Dr Anthony Howard

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Study into medical error in surgery both in the UK and Internationally

29

Prof Dermot Burke

General Surgery

Treatment of complex abdominal infections

30

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Multi-morbidity and mortality in vascular surgery.

Task: Refine existing datasets with co-morbidity data. Analyse outcomes in relation to no. of morbidity cut offs and identify trends.

31

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Deprivation related mortality in vascular surgery.

Task: identify patient deprivation score in patients in undergoing index vascular interventions (AAA, Peripheral bypass, Amputation) and evaluate any association with patient mortality outcomes

32

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Prognostic value of PET-CT in aortic intervention.

Task: identify CT-PET scans performed in our AAA cohort and evaluate whether metabolic activity observed in the AAA sac correlates with disease progression

33

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Mortality following intervention turndown in AAA disease.

Task: Use M&M and the virtual clinic notes to identify AAA intervention turndown cohort and compare outcomes to the intervened cohort of patients

34

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Outcomes associated with peripheral compartment syndrome.

Task: Identify cohort of patient who have undergone fasciotomies at the Leeds Vascular Institute and identify morbidity outcomes.

35

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Management and outcomes of upper limb DVTs in a tertiary vascular centre.

Task: Identify cases of upper limb DVTs from an existing dataset and collect/refine patient outcome data.

36

Prof Julian Scott 
Dr Marc Bailey
Mr Mohammed Waduud

Vascular Surgery

Cost effectiveness of the Leeds Vascular Institute ultrasound graft surveillance programme.

Task: To audit the last 12 months of graft surveillance in Leeds (and subsequent intervention) and determine the cost effectiveness of the programme.

37

Prof David Jayne
Mr Noel Aruparayil

Surgery

NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies: Innovative teaching methods in Anatomy for  Low & Middle Income Countries

38

Prof David Jayne
Mr Noel Aruparayil

Surgery

NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies: Laparoscopy for Low-Resource Settings: Technology and Training Programme Optimisation - Rural India

39

Prof David Jayne
Prof Julian Scott 
Dr William Bolton

Surgery

NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies:  Guidelines for Fracture and Wound Management in Low-Resource Settings 

40

Prof David Jayne
Prof Julian Scott 
Dr William Bolton

Surgery

NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies: Surgical Training in Low-Resource Settings: Optimising the use of Models in Training Platforms

41

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia/Intensive Care

Developing personalised anaesthetic and perioperative care for frail high risk patient

42

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Use of digital tools in surgical pre-assessment

43

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Mechanisms of sarcopenia.  We are planning work with colleagues in biological sciences on the biological mechanisms of acute muscle loss following surgery. These include the inflammatory and endocrine responses to surgery and the subsequent molecular changes.

44

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Big data analyses.  We have access to a large ResearchOne dataset of patients who have undergone surgery.  This includes data the electronic frailty index. The thrust here is to bring primary care data to both the assessment of frailty and the follow-up of patients following surgery.

45

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Pre and postoperative exercise training.  We are collaborating with colleagues in Sports Science using novel exercise modalities to for physical training in elderly patients.

46

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Health Services Research.  We are collaborating with colleagues in Psychology on research into the working of clinical teams and MDTs when dealing with high risk patients and the management of blocks to changing clinical and patient behaviours.

47

Dr Afroze Abbas

Endocrinology

Assessing quality of life in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism; conventional versus novel therapies

48

Dr Afroze Abbas

Endocrinology

Management and outcomes of osteoporosis in primary hyperparathyroidism– 5 year data

49

Dr Ramzi Ajjan
Dr Afroze Abbas

Endocrinology

Cardiovascular risk in hyperparathyroidism: the role of thrombosis

50

Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Endocrinology

Mortality reduction following severe hypoglycaemia: the role of structured intervention

51

Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Endocrinology

Thrombosis risk and dysglycaemia following myocardial infarction

52

Dr Andy Scarsbrook
Dr Afroze Abbas
Dr Sheila Fraser

Radiology/ Endocrinology/ Endocrine Surgery

Adrenal masses - Assessment and analysis of new multi-disciplinary pathway and outcomes

53

Dr Afroze Abbas
Dr Din Kassim

Endocrinology/Diabetes

Evaluation of bone health in patients with Type 1 diabetes - Development and implementation of bone health guidelines in diabetes clinic

54

Mr David Russell
Dr Heidi Siddle

Vascular Surgery and Diabetes

Developing and optimising novel off-loading strategies to prevent ulceration in patients with diabetes

55

Mr David Russell
Dr Heidi Siddle

Vascular Surgery and Diabetes

Improving pathways of care to optimise outcomes following major lower limb amputation

56

Mr David Russell
Dr Heidi Siddle

Vascular Surgery and Diabetes

Enhancing inter-professional shared decision making pathways for patients with critical limb ischaemia

57

Mr David Russell
Dr Lee Roberts

Vascular Surgery

The contribution of metabolic perturbation in the subcutaneous adipose tissue of obese and diabetic patients to systemic disease

58

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Euan Baxter
Dr Jim Robinson

Rheumatology

Assessing signalling events in the Fc gamma receptor FcgRIIa: an important therapeutic target

59

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Euan Baxter
Dr Jim Robinson

Rheumatology

Optimising therapeutic monoclonal antibody design for autoimmunity and cancer

60

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Euan Baxter
Dr Jim Robinson

Rheumatology

Unravelling how autoantibodies potentiate rheumatoid arthritis through studying Fcg Receptor biology

61

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie
Dr Aruna Chakrabarty

Rheumatology

Can blindness and ischaemic symptoms in giant cell arteritis be predicted by histological features?

62

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie
Dr Aruna Chakrabarty

Rheumatology

Does macrophage polarization in giant cell arteritis tissue biopsies predict response to treatment?

63

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

Can response to steroids be predicted at disease onset in in giant cell arteritis? Can we identify patients who require additional immunosuppressant therapy/biologics at presentation?

64

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

How do we know our treatment has worked? Validation of key patient-reported outcome measures in polymyalgia rheumatica.

65

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

Predictors of patient-reported steroid toxicity in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis.

66

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

Could mannequin diagrams have diagnostic utility in patients with suspected polymyalgia rheumatica?

67

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie
Dr Charlotte Harden

Rheumatology

Diet and nutrition in patients with giant cell arteritis.

68

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Ana Tiganescu
Dr Charlotte Harden

Rheumatology

Steroid Education: evaluation of patient's knowledge of the side-effects of long-terms steroid use

69

Prof Ann Morgan
Dr Sarah Mackie
Dr Charlotte Harden

Rheumatology

NETIMIS project: service evaluation of patients with giant cell arteritis within the LTHT using web-based computer simulation.

70

Prof Ann Morgen
Prof Andrew Scarsbrook
Dr Harry Tsoumpas

Rheumatology

Enhancing PET-CT analysis and reporting in large vessel vasculitis through novel analytical techniques.

71

Prof Philip Conaghan
Dr Sarah Kingsbury

Rheumatology

The relationship of changes in physical activity with pain and function in people with osteoarthritis

72

Prof Maya Buch
Dr Aamir Aslam
Dr Sinisa Savic

Rheumatology

Phenotyping and understanding the basis for multi targeted therapy refractory rheumatoid arthritis.

73

Prof Maya Buch
Dr Ed Vital
Dr Agata Burska
Dr Karen Porter

Rheumatology

Investigating inflammatory/immune processes driving increased cardiovascular pathology in autoimmune diseases.

74

Prof Francesco Del Galdo
Prof Maya Buch

Rheumatology

Interferon inducible proteins as predictors of severe organ involvement in Systemic Sclerosis.

75

Dr Ed Vital
Dr Miriam Wittmann

Rheumatology

Explaining, predicting and preventing the onset of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in people at risk.

76

Prof Anne-Maree Keenan
Prof Anthony Redmond

Rheumatology/Diabetes

Foot Stress Fractures in Peri-menopausal Women:  incidence and impact.

77

Dr Peter Swoboda

Cardiology (Cardiac MRI)

Mechanisms and significance of cardiac fibrosis detected by MRI in endurance athletes.

78

Dr Peter Swoboda

Cardiology (Cardiac MRI)

Cardiac MRI assessment of fibrosis in patients with heart failure and type 2 diabetes.

79

Dr Richard Cubbon
Prof Mark Kearney
Prof Klaus Witte

Cardiology

Defining prevalence and predictors of sepsis hospitalisation in patients with chronic heart failure.

80

Dr Christopher Mannion

Medical Education

Education in human factors – looking at the medical team. 

81

Dr Christopher Mannion

Medical Education

Feedback and reflection in Foundation Years doctors.

82

Dr Christopher Mannion

Medical Education

Multi professional working and the educational impact on training.

83

Dr Christopher Mannion

Medical Education

Inter professional education in the context of 'one health'- working across veterinary and medical education (linked with University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine).

 

Placements in Primary Care

Academic Foundation Placements in Primary Care – West Yorkshire

 

Why primary care?

Primary care is a diverse, challenging and exciting speciality which brings together acute care, continuing care and prevention. Primary care in the UK is responsible for both individual and population-based approaches to healthcare and health – so it offers a chance to make a real difference to individual patients and whole communities.  Up to 90% of patient contacts with the NHS occur in primary care. International comparisons indicate that strong primary care systems are associated with better population health, narrowing of inequalities and reduced costs.

 

Why academic primary care at Leeds?

We have a vibrant and growing academic team. Academic primary care is integrated within the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), thereby ensuring an interdisciplinary approach incorporating expertise in research methods, behavioural sciences, health economics, informatics and statistics.

 

Research

We can offer opportunities to become involved in or lead projects which span a range of evaluation methods, such as systematic reviews, qualitative studies and quantitative studies.

We possess particular strengths in:

  • Primary care oncology - particularly early diagnosis of cancer and survivorship (led by Professor Richard Neal);
  • The health and wellbeing of older people; trials of complex healthcare interventions (led by Professor Suzanne Richards); and
  • Implementation science – understanding and changing professional behaviour to improve the uptake of evidence-based practice (led by Professor Robbie Foy).

 

Education

Primary care has a central role in the Leeds medical undergraduate curriculum with a well-established and successful spiral curriculum. Our GP team has a track record of educational innovation and scholarship, including leading projects to widen participation and selection of entrants to medicine, and playing a key role in the development of educational resources such as clinical skills e books and cases for the Virtual Community. We are leading the conceptualisation, development and testing of a personalised adaptive learning system (MyPAL@Leeds), which is a major contributor to School strategy in medical education.

This placement will therefore be of interest to doctors who wish to combine learning about research and/or teaching methods with opportunities to make a difference to patient care and outcomes.

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