To support UCLH's ambition to be a research hospital, we fund clinical research fellowships for junior doctors at UCLH. This identifies and nutures clnical research talent at UCLH and helps recruit and retain high callibre staff.
During fellowships, junior doctors have dedicated research time, combined with some clinical activity if required. Projects range between six months and one year and focus on active research areas. Funding for the fellowships are split between UCLH Charity and the research area department.
“The posts are an excellent example of how research can be embedded in patient care and the day-to-day activities of the Trust”, said Robert Duke, associate director of medical and dental education.
Dr Chris Wincup was one of the first to be awarded the fellowship. He focused on investigating if a single-dose iron infusion can help improve fatigue levels in lupus patients with functional iron deficiency. Chris said, “I was a medical student nine years ago and have always wanted to research lupus at UCLH. The research fellowship has allowed me to contribute towards a clinical trial that looks to alleviate fatigue, a symptom that 80-90% of Lupus patients consider is the worst symptom. It has been great engaging with patients to see what matters to them and I hope that the results will have significant patient benefit.”