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Associate Professor Lisa Roberts

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From post-doc to present day.
Presentation for the NIHR CLAHRC National Conference Careers Day: for postdoc research careers in the allied health professions

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Associate Professor Lisa Roberts

  1. 1. Clinical academic careers: Getting into the driving seat! Lisa Roberts PhD PFHEA FCSP Associate professor & consultant physiotherapist University Hospital Southampton
  2. 2. Background • physiotherapist (rotational → paediatrics → musculoskeletal) • research physiotherapist & clinician • manager, researcher & clinician • lecturer & clinician • clinical academic • 2013 NIHR senior clinical lectureship:  0.4 clinical leadership, strategy & clinical effectiveness  0.4 research  0.2 education  various external roles
  3. 3. Background • physiotherapist (rotational → paediatrics → musculoskeletal) • research physiotherapist & clinician • manager, researcher & clinician • lecturer & clinician • clinical academic • 2013 NIHR senior clinical lectureship:  0.4 clinical leadership, strategy & clinical effectiveness  0.4 research  0.2 education  various external roles
  4. 4. • Forming your research team: How are you going to do it? • Focus on your ‘clinical leadership’ plans
  5. 5. Forming a research team • Identify the skills you need for the project • Identify local support eg. Research Design Service, CAHPR local hub • Methodological eg. qualitative, health economics, statistics etc. • Subject specific expertise • Senior academic eg. mentor(s), ‘grantsmanship’ [NB. Consider availability] • Identify potential people to approach • Prepare a brief CV (ideally 1 side, with small photo?) • Work up a BRIEF ‘pitch’ • 1-2 short paragraphs • Get feedback from peers, friends, family etc.
  6. 6. Local resources NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) 1 Cheshire & Merseyside 2 Cumbria & Lancashire 3 East Anglia 4 Essex 5 Greater Manchester 6 Hertfordshire 7 Keele 8 Kent & Medway 9 London 10 Midlands 11 Northern Ireland 12 North East England 13 North of Scotland 14 North Wales 15 Oxfordshire 16 South Yorkshire 17 Southern Central 18 South, Mid & West Wales 19 South East Scotland 20 South West England 21 Surry & Sussex 22 West of Scotland 23 Yorkshire Council for AHP Research (CAHPR) http://cahpr.csp.org.uk/regional-hubs-contactshttp://www.nihr.ac.uk/about-us/how-we-are-managed/our- structure/research/research-design-service/contact-us.htm
  7. 7. Overcoming your fears • Ask for advice EARLY • You will need to cost in for their time • Allow time for them to get approval from their finance departments
  8. 8. Overcoming your fears & make contact! • Ask for advice EARLY • You will need to cost in for their time • Allow time for them to get approval from their finance departments
  9. 9. Top tips to think about for your clinical aspect • ‘Clinical leadership’ • Clinical effectiveness projects eg. audit, service evaluation, quality improvement • How can you share your skills with others eg. journal club, run workshop • Think about how to feedback on the work you are doing to clinical teams • Joint appraisal • Try not to compare yourself / experience to other conventional roles – remember your skill set is different
  10. 10. ‘Sometimes, when two worlds collide, a better one is created.’ Susan Gale

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