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Junior clinical research fellow in Neurology

NHS Medical & Dental: Junior Clinical Fellow

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NHS Medical & Dental: Junior Clinical Fellow
Fixed term: 1 year (Post commencing 3rd August 2021)
Full time - 40 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£39,467 pa
Salary period
09/05/2021 23:59

Job overview

This fellowship is a great training opportunity for those looking to augment their neurology experience, or wishing to develop a clinical and/or research interest in the clinical neurosciences (neurology).

The post-holder will join a distinguished neuroscience research team working across the Trust/University, studying the interaction between blood and brain in health and neurological disease, especially inflammatory and haemorrhagic brain conditions. Research benefits from a wet laboratory with biochemical, molecular, histochemical capability, image-processing workstations, access to high-performance supercomputing, a research-dedicated MRI scanner. The fellow will join the CRN Wessex Research Fellow programme, within the Southampton Academy of Research, to gain the necessary skills to deliver high-quality portfolio research activity throughout their future career.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post will be 50% clinical and 50% research.

The post-holder is expected to participate in the CRN Wessex Research Fellow Education Programme, which includes quarterly Wessex-wide research fellow meetings, participation in the competency based approach to training and development opportunities (see below for further detail). Progress reports will help development, and include details of research recruitment, grant applications, publications and achievement of research fellow competencies.


We are looking for a GMC-registered medical doctor, with an interest in neurology. The ideal candidate would have successfully completed a Foundation Programme or equivalent, and can apply for this post either prior to or during core medical or speciality training. You would be able to manage acute medical emergencies. You will have an ability to prioritise tasks, work across different specialties and teams, recognize your own abilities and limitations, and communicate effectively with team members, patients and their carers. Royal College of Physicians membership is desirable but not essential. Prior experience of research and/or neurology would be an asset, but this post is also ideal for those seeking their first clinical research and/ or neurology experience.


Appointment will be made under local contractual terms and conditions of service for Trust appointed (non-training fellow doctors and dentists).

Grades for Trust appointed (non-training) fellows will be paid a basic salary at a nodal pay point linked to the grade, at the rate set out in the National Medical and Dental pay circular. Basic salary detailed below plus any additional remuneration (as applicable) for hours set out in the doctors work schedule (e.g. additional hours, weekend allowance, and any hours which attract enhanced pay)

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role.  Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible.  Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application. 

Basic Salary – MT03     £39,467                       

Job Reference: MT0445 - This vacancy closes on or before:  9th May 2021

Interview date –  Monday 24th May 2021

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Basic - MBBS or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Research degree
  • MRCP (UK) or equivalent


Essential criteria
  • Successful completion of a Foundation Programme or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of Core Medical Training or equivalent
  • Additional experience in Neurology

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to manage acute medical emergencies
  • Proven ability to prioritise tasks
  • Good insight into own abilities and experience

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • GMC registration
  • Ability to work in a team

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Professor Ian Galea
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Consultant Neurologist
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