Clinical Academic Training


Consultants hosting AF trainees within the speciality of radiology.

Professor Liz Anderson

Clinical research

I am a regional, national and international leader of interprofessional education aligned to team working and patient safety. I have a range of research projects within medical educational exploring interprofessional simulations, the need for reflection using Portfolios and designing and piloting new learning possibilities in practice, recently bringing together pharmacists and medical students.

Dr Natalie Armstrong

Clinical research

The SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) Group in the department of Health Sciences uses social science theory and methods to undertake research and evaluation in order to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. A developing area of interest in the group is around overdiagnosis and overtreatment, which occur when a diagnosis is ‘correct’ according to current standards but the diagnosis or associated treatment has a low probability of benefiting the patient, and may instead be harmful. We would welcome Academic Foundation doctors keen to explore this area further either in general terms or as it relates to a particular clinical area.

Professor Gerry McCann

Clinical research

My research programme is focused on using cardiac MRI and other imaging to better understand cardiovascular disease in vivo, developing and assessing novel treatments and implementing large multi-centre trials that change clinical practice.

Currently active studies include lifestyle and drug interventions in diabetic cardiomyopathy, imaging and plasma biomarkers in aortic stenosis, validating novel methods of cardiac dysfunction. Studies due to commence include randomised trials in NSTEMI, Aortic stenosis and heart failure with mild-moderately impaired LV function.

My group has published over 60 papers in the last 5 years including JAMA, JACC and European Heart Journal.

Dr Carolyn Tarrant

Clinical research

The SAPPHIRE (Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research) Group has expertise in qualitative methods and health care improvement, with particular interests in acute care, maternity care, healthcare associated infections, and measurement for improvement. A qualitative project would be available to explore junior doctors' experiences of working in acute care at weekends, in relation to their role and professional development; we would also be happy to discuss other possible research topics.

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