Clinical Research Fellow in Palliative and End of Life Care (Fixed Term) University of Cambridge, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, The Primary Care Unit United Kingdom

Clinical Research Fellow in Palliative and End of Life Care (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a 3-year Clinical Research Fellowship (PhD/MD) starting in summer/autumn 2019 in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. The Fellow will be supervised by Dr. Stephen Barclay in the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group of the Primary Care Unit (PCU) and Dr Robbie Duschinsky


The care of people towards living in care homes towards the end of their lives is an increasingly important area for clinical practise, research and policy: nationally 22% of deaths occur in care homes. The Fellowship is funded by St Luke's Hospice in North West London (Medical Director Dr Charles Daniels) who have developed an innovative intervention with a doctor working in their community palliative care team to optimise End-of-Life Care for care home residents. The Fellow will work clinically in care homes within the St Luke's community palliative care team while undertaking the doctoral research.


The research will include: systematic literature review, analysis of data from the current service, participant observation of the intervention and investigation of the intervention's impact in a case-control study.


The Fellow will be supported in their development, receiving regular academic supervision. Together with the supervisory team, they will be able to choose a bespoke set of courses at Cambridge to help develop their skills and knowledge as needed to pursue the research. They will work with research colleagues within the Palliative and End-of-Life Care Group within the PCU, a warm and collegiate environment for pursuing research in the challenging area of End-of-Life care. They will undertake supervised personal research towards a higher degree (PhD or MD). Opportunities will be available to participate in the teaching of medical students in the School of Clinical Medicine.


The Fellow will work clinically within the St Luke's Hospice care home team, providing medical advice and clinical care for care home residents. St Luke's hospice is a vibrant and innovative provider of multiple palliative care services with a culture which places continuous improvement and curiosity at its heart. The Fellow will be supported by consultants and the full breadth of multidisciplinary palliative care colleagues to enjoy challenging themselves clinically, academically and personally.


Candidates will be medically qualified with General Medical Council licence to practice in the UK: the post is ideally for early stage clinicians who have completed their Foundation Years' training and have clinical experience in Palliative Care, Geriatrics or General Practice. Clinical experience in care homes would be an advantage, but is not a requirement. Candidates must meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements: see


The fellowship will pay the successful candidate's clinical salary according to national salary scales with research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The Fellow may undertake clinical work in addition, in accordance with university guidelines and after discussion with the supervisors.


This post requires an Honorary Clinical Contract with St Luke's Hospice for the duration of the appointment.


The funds for this post are available for 3 years from commencement in post.


Location - Primary Care Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR and St Luke's Hospice, Kenton Grange, Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA3 0YG


We welcome informal conversations and visits about this post: please contact Dr Stephen Barclay at to arrange a time for an informal conversation or visit.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


Closing Date - 28th February 2019


Interviews will be held during March 2019


Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), the Additional Information for Clinical Researchers form and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.


Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager


Please quote reference SN17786 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.


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