Paediatrics Research


child_with_male_dr.jpgThe Yorkshire and Humber School of Paediatrics is committed to supporting and increasing paediatric research opportunities in child health. We recognise that encouraging research leads to better doctors and better care for the children we treat. This section gives an overview of research in the Yorkshire and Humber School of Paediatrics and the opportunities available for our trainees.

How can I become involved in research?

Regardless of experience all trainees have the opportunity to become involved in research during their training in Yorkshire. Many of our hospitals are involved in running clinical trials and trainees are able to recruit and consent patients.

It may be possible for trainees to conduct their own research project depending on the time and resources involved. The Research and Development department at your local hospital will be able to give further information.

Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting trials that involve the participation of human subjects. In order to take part in research it is essential to have a certificate in Good Clinical Practice (GCP). This is either a one day course or can be studied as an elearning package which takes around half a day. It is not possible to recruit or consent for trials without this certificate.

Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber encourages all its trainees to obtain this certificate as early on in their training as possible. It is possible to take study leave in order to attend this course and any course fees should also be covered.

View more information about how to obtain a GCP certificate.

Academic Clinical Training

The Yorkshire School of Paediatrics, whilst encouraging all trainees to become involved in research and teaching, has a number of specific opportunities for those committed to research.

Academic Clinical Fellowships

Paediatricians who wish to pursue an academic career have particular training needs. HEYH has recognised this through the creation of a number of academic clinical fellow (ACF) posts in paediatrics which are currently applied for in ST1. These jobs combine clinical experience with protected research time. It is anticipated that after completion of the post the majority of ACFs will go on to complete a higher degree.

At present there are 2 ACFs in East Yorkshire and one in South Yorkshire. Further information about these jobs, the person specification and how to apply can be found on the academic section.

Academic Clinical Lectureships

If you are currently in specialty training and have recently obtained a PhD or equivalent you may be eligible to apply for a clinical lectureship. These are University appointments and are advertised throughout the year. More information can be found on the academic section.

Bassetlaw Clinical Fellows

Based in Sheffield Children’s Hospital, these posts usually run for 2 years and allow paediatric ST4 trainees and above to have a dedicated period of research outside their clinical training. They are funded jointly by the University of Sheffield and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Successful applicants spend 1x24 hour shift per week undertaking clinical duties at Bassetlaw Hospital and the rest of their time working on a research project of their choosing. They also have teaching commitments at the University of Sheffield. In the majority of cases the fellow’s research will be written up for a higher degree such as an MD or PhD.

There is funding available for three trainees at any one time and posts are advertised every one to two years by the University of Sheffield. Further information is available from Professor Nick Bishop.