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Research in Child Health is necessary to optimise and advance patient care. The Division of Academic Child Health provides opportunities to undergraduate students, postgraduate scientists and clinicians to undertake world-leading research for the benefit of children and to develop their research skills.
Research training has opened my eyes to exciting and diverse topics, colleagues, technologies and opportunities, in a truly supportive environment.
-- Chantelle Mann, Clinical Research Fellow
Within the University of Nottingham’s Medicine Course, students can choose:
In addition, all Nottingham medical students complete our BMBS Undergraduate Child Health module.
The Division’s senior academics supervise doctoral research programmes for postgraduate scientists in our specialist research facilities.
The Division supports clinicians training in research for the benefit of children through:
Experienced researchers from the Division of Academic Child Health supervise individual Honours year research projects during Year 3 of the Bachelor of Medical Science degree. This period of research offers an exciting opportunity for the student to develop research skills, ranging from basic to clinical sciences. As well as gaining the generic skills essential for foundation doctors, past students have performed exceptionally well, presenting their research both for their degrees and to the scientific community in original research presentations and publications in leading specialty journals.
Academic Child Health delivers the Undergraduate Child Health module for the degree of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Nottingham. Students undertake a 10 week module during their 4th year. The Child Health curriculum ensures acquisition of key paediatric knowledge and skills, offering exposure to many Paediatric subspecialties such as emergency paediatrics, community paediatrics, paediatric surgery, safeguarding children and care of the newborn. The delivery of the curriculum is mainly through highly rated bedside teaching, in outpatient clinics, on ward rounds, in tutorials and core lectures.
Vacation studentships are available for undergraduate students during their 2nd year summer vacation to gain practical experience of research working with experienced researchers from the Division of Academic Child Health with the aim of encouraging them to consider a career in research. Find out more.
The thought of helping more children leave hospital smiling is why I wanted to push the boundaries within paediatric research.
-- Valerie Astle, Academic Foundation Programme Trainee
Nottingham's Child Health clinical teachers were enthusiastic and delivered good teaching. As a result, I am seriously considering Paediatrics as a career.
-- 4th year Medical Student
Academic Child Health offers opportunities to train for clinical academic career as part of the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Pathway, providing clinical academic training tailored to individual interests.
Academic Clinical Fellowships provide the opportunity to work with supervisors in Academic Child Health to design bespoke research opportunities. They are offered for entry in the first four years of specialty training and provide nine months protected academic and research training in their 3 year duration.
Academic Clinical Lectureships provide support for clinicians who are training to be the research leaders of the future. They are open to those who have already completed their doctorate (DM or PhD) and have 2 years clinical training remaining to eligibility for CCT.
Information on our Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme is available from the Academic Programme Director.
Clinical Research Fellowships provide an opportunity for Paediatricians in training to undertake original research for the benefit of children in an area of interest to them. Those already in speciality training are encouraged to undertake a doctoral degree (DM/ PhD) and may apply for time out-of-programme for research.
Information on individual opportunities is available from Professors and Associate Professors of the Academic Division and from the Division’s Academic Programme Director.
In collaboration with Postgraduate School of Paediatrics in the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery (North), Academic Child Health hosts short periods of research experience, allied to individual interests, as part of the clinical training programme, providing additional opportunities to practice the skills in research essential to all practising paediatricians. Find out more .
My ACF post is exceptionally rewarding giving me a breadth of research experience, making me a better clinician and preparing me for my ideal career as an academic paediatric oncologist.
-- Yvonne Majani, Academic Clinical Fellow
Nottingham's a great place to gain research skills with plenty of research opportunities supported by collaborations between the clinical departments and the University.
-- Matt Hurley, Clinical Research Fellow
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