YHFS Academic Foundation Programmes 

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 Recruitment and Retention section. If you have any queries, please contact foundation.yh@hee.nhs.uk

 

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

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. 

Academic Foundation Projects and Supervisors – West Yorkshire (for 4-month F2 projects in Aug 21-Jul 22)

 

Supervisor

Clinical Specialty

Project description

1

Prof Else Guthrie

Psychiatry

Characterising the clinical activity  of liaison psychiatry services

2

Prof Else Guthrie

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 Else Guthrie

Psychiatry

Validating a clinical tool for measuring outcome in liaison psychiatry

4

Prof Else Guthrie

Psychiatry

Depression and physical illness-prevalence and course in surgical patients

5

Prof Mike Bennett

Dr Matt Mulvey

Palliative Medicine

Quantifying cancer pain: investigating the association between self-reported pain and altered pain processing (neurophysiological mechanisms) in patients with cancer pain using Quantitative Sensory Testing [Training in QST and patient data collection

6

Prof Mike Bennett

Dr Matthew Allsop

Palliative Medicine

Variations in palliative care duration before death for specific cancer and non-cancer diseases, and associated patient or service characteristics [Training in stats for analysis of big data sets]

7

Prof Mike Bennett

Dr Maggie Fu

Palliative Medicine

Developing palliative care self-management support tools for patients with advanced COPD [Training in intervention development and patient evaluation]

8

Prof Mike Bennett

Dr Gemma Clarke

Palliative Medicine

Understanding access to palliative care by ethnic minority groups in UK: analysis of qualitative or healthcare record data [Training in ethnicity research and data analytics] 

9

Dr Ann Henry

Clinical Oncology

Delivering radiotherapy in patients with Cancer and Dementia: Understanding patient pathways and outcomes

10

Dr Adel Samson

Dr Steve Griffin

Medical Oncology

 Virus-mediated immunotherapy for liver tumours.

 

11

Dr Darren Treanor

Histopathology (Digital Pathology)

Evaluating new systems for digital pathology

12

Dr Darren Treanor

Histopathology (Digital Pathology)

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

13

Dr Darren Treanor

Histopathology (Digital Pathology)

Artificial intelligence and digital pathology for the diagnosis of cancer

14

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Patient related outcome measures in children's hand surgery. Several options for projects  here to link with national and international outcomes assessments  in congenital hand  surgery

15

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Functional Rotational limb range  in adolescence with and without nerve injury

16

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Patient related outcome measures after hand trauma. Is there a gender difference in evaluation

17

Ms Grainne Bourke

Plastic Surgery

Evaluation of nerve repair after injury - imaging\ clinical \neurophysiology

18

Prof Hemant Pandit

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Direct Anterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty – clinical and cost-effectiveness

19

Prof Hemant Pandit

Prof Simon Howell

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

– perioperative medicine

Perioperative Risk Stratification and Modification in Patients Undergoing Elective Joint Arthroplasty – impact of ethnicity

20

Dr Anthony Howard

 

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

 

How we manage polytrauma - evaluation of the physiological and psychological pathways

21

Dr Anthony Howard

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Consent and trauma surgery a prospective study.

22

Dr Anthony Howard

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

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

23

Dr Anthony Howard

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Management of Trauma Surgery in South America - A Dephi Study

24

Dr Anthony Howard

Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Pilot Studies for an RCT in common orthopaedic conditions

25

Prof Dermot Burke

General Surgery

Improving outcomes of emergency general surgery

26

Prof Dermot Burke

General Surgery

Identification of patients at risk of aspiration pneumonia after abdominal surgery

27

Prof Dermot Burke

General Surgery

Improving outcomes for patients with intestinal failure.

28

Mr Chris Derham

Mr Ryan Mathew

Neurosurgery

Biomechanical stability of the cervical spine. Pathological processes implicated in degenerative cervical disc disease.

29

Mr Ryan Mathew

Matthew Smith

Neurosurgery

Is immersive technologies in the neurorehabilitation of neurosurgical patients feasible and does it increase engagement with therapy.

30

Mr Ryan Mathew

Neurosurgery

Evaluating immersive technology for patient consultation and MDT working

31

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.

32

Dr Marc Bailey

Mr Mohammed Waduud

Dr Russell Frood

Prof Julian Scott

Vascular Surgery

Unveiling hidden data in CT scans in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm to predict disease progression using radiomics”

 

 

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 Simon Howell

Richard Wakefield

Ai Lyn Tan

Anaesthesia/Intensive Care

Assessment of frailty and sarcopenia in surgical patients using ultrasound imaging of muscle

38

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Pain management in patients undergoing major body cavity surgery: do opiate sparing strategies improve quality of recovery?

39

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Targeting exercise prehabilitation strategies in older surgical patients.  Is effective training feasible in a limited time window?

40

Prof Simon Howell

Anaesthesia

Health informatics Assessing co-morbidity in surgical patients using routine hospital data

41

Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Endocrinology

Double diabetes and mental health: an overlooked part of patient care

42

Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Endocrinology

Mortality reduction following severe hypoglycaemia: the role of structured intervention

43

Dr Ramzi Ajjan

Endocrinology

Double diabetes and risk of cardiovascular complications

44

Prof Ann Morgan

Dr Euan Baxter

Dr Jim Robinson

Rheumatology

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

45

Prof Ann Morgan

Dr Euan Baxter

Dr Jim Robinson

Rheumatology

Optimising therapeutic monoclonal antibody design for autoimmunity and cancer

46

Prof Ann Morgan

Dr Euan Baxter

Dr Jim Robinson

Rheumatology

Unravelling how autoantibodies potentiate rheumatoid arthritis through studying Fcg Receptor biology

47

Prof Ann Morgan

Dr Sarah Mackie

Dr Aruna Chakrabarty

Rheumatology

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

48

Prof Ann Morgan

Dr Sarah Mackie

Dr Aruna Chakrabarty

Rheumatology

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

49

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?

50

Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

Defining relapse in polymyalgia rheumatica.

51

Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

Improving clinical decisions in management of giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica

52

Dr Sarah Mackie

Rheumatology

Image analysis of patient-completed mannequin diagrams to expedite socially- distanced evaluation of polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis and their mimics.

53

Prof Ann Morgen

Prof Andrew Scarsbrook

Dr Harry Tsoumpas

Rheumatology

Enhancing imaging analysis and reporting in large vessel vasculitis through novel analytical techniques.

54

Prof Philip Conaghan

Dr Sarah Kingsbury

Rheumatology

E-rehabilitation for chronic musculoskeletal pain' with the same supervisory team.

55

Prof Philip Conaghan

Dr Sarah Kingsbury

Rheumatology

The impact, burden and care of musculoskeletal conditions in the NHS workforce

56

Prof Anne-Maree Keenan

Prof Anthony Redmond

Rheumatology/Diabetes

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

57

Prof Andy Scarsbrook

Radiology

Prediction of patient outcome in cervical squamous cell carcinoma following chemoradiotherapy - comparative effectiveness of MRI and FDG imaging

58

Dr Peter Swoboda

Cardiology (Cardiac MRI)

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

59

Dr Peter Swoboda

Cardiology (Cardiac MRI)

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

60

Dr Klaus Witte,

Dr Richard Cubbon,

Prof Mark Kearney

Cardiology

Defining the contribution of skeletal muscle dysfunction to symptoms of heart failure

61

Dr Richard Cubbon,

Dr Stephen Wheatcroft, Prof Mark Kearney

Cardiology

Defining how diabetes and obesity accelerate the development of vascular disease

 

 

62

Dr Andrew Walker,

Dr Richard Cubbon,

Prof Mark Kearney

Cardiology

Understanding factors that promote healthy cardiovascular ageing

63

Dr Erica Dall’Armellina, Prof Jurgen Schneider, Prof Sven Plein

Cardiology

Understanding myocardial fibres and their deformation: a CMR study

64

Dr Eylem Levelt,

Dr Richard Cubbon,

Dr Klaus Witte

Cardiology

How does diabetes influence heart failure re-hospitalisation?

65

Dr Eylem Levelt,

Prof Eleanor Scott,

Prof Sven Plein

Cardiology

Multiparametric MRI phenotyping study in gestational diabetes

66

Dr Malenka Bissell

Paediatric cardiology/Neonatology

Early confirmative diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta using neonatal feed and wrap MRI

There are additional  projects available in Histopathology with the following supervisors – please contact for further details

67

Ms Kathryn Griffin

Histopathology

k.j.griffin@leeds.ac.uk

68

Dr Kate Marks

Histopathology

k.m.marks@leeds.ac.uk

69

Dr Caroline Young

Histopathology

C.Young@leeds.ac.uk

 

 

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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