UHS Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowships

The cohort 3 competition is now open for applications

SoAR, on behalf of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) R&D department, are looking for enthusiastic healthcare professionals employed by UHS who aspire to take the next step in their research career.

 

Supporting our researchers


The RLP was established in 2021 following significant investment from UHS Trust Board. It aims to identify staff of all clinical disciplines with research leadership potential, and provide them with time, training and personal development to enable them to progress towards their agreed research career pathway.

 

It supports UHS healthcare professionals to build a portfolio of research activity that will attract or generate funding, and facilitate research to become a significant and sustainable component of the award holder’s job plan within three years.

 

The RLP programme is open to all healthcare professionals employed (who hold a substantive as opposed to honorary employment contract) by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, including nurses, midwives, pharmacists, allied health professionals, clinical scientists and doctors.

Protected time for your research


The fellowship enables you to pursue your passion for improving patient care through clinical research. It covers salary costs for at least one day a week (20% whole time equivalent) for up to three years, providing the time you need to take your research to the next level.

You will be facilitated by the RLP team to develop a portfolio of clinical research studies, where possible in as a Principal Investigator (PI) or Chief Investigator (CI), and to develop your own clinical research by applying for a research grant or external research fellowship.

The fellowships are offered competitively. Please contact us for information on when the next round will open for applications.

Types of awards


The RLP has two award types, with an option for these to be combined if explicitly agreed:

 

1. Research Delivery Focused/ Growing PIs: Support to establish/significantly expand a portfolio of externally funded research studies, commercial and non-commercial. Intended to build capacity to enable delivery of clinical research by providing protected time to undertake PI related activities on externally funded NIHR CRN portfolio research studies, supported by a research team funded by external study income.

 

2. Clinical Academic Focused/ Growing CIs: Support to secure external funding and lead a programme of externally funded research, in the context of a clinical academic position. Intended to support healthcare professionals with significant potential to become independent researchers and fulfil the role of CI by generating income through personal fellowships and/or leadership of grant applications.

 

 

Application process


Applications will be reviewed by a panel. Review criteria will primarily focus on the proposed area of focus for the fellowship, and likelihood participation in the RLP will facilitate the individual to generate research income to support their research time beyond the end of the fellowship.

The panel will focus on the suitability of the person, their surrounding research environment (both local and institutional) and their proposed RLP area of focus.

 

Individuals must have the explicit support of their Research Advisor, Manager and Divisional Clinical Director for their application, who will agree to ensure arrangements are in place for backfill of RLP funded time. Potential applicants are therefore advised to speak to their manager early to ensure this assurance can be provided in the application process.

 

You can find useful documents here:

Please contact the SoAR team at SoAR@uhs.nhs.uk for more information and how to apply.

Meet our RLP fellows

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Ahilanandan Dushianthan

Ahilanandan Dushianthan

Intensive Care & Respiratory Consultant

Dr Ahilanandan Dushianthan is an Intensive Care & Respiratory Consultant at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Jessica Bate

Jessica Bate

Paediatric Oncology Consultant

Dr Jessica Bate is a Paediatric Oncology Consultant at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Stephen Lim

Stephen Lim

Consultant Geriatrician

Dr Stephen Lim is a Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Mark Banting

Mark Banting

Palliative Medicine Consultant

Mark is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Bhaskar Somani

Bhaskar Somani

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Bhaskar Somani is a Professor of Urology and Consultant Urological Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Hitasha Rupani

Hitasha Rupani

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Dr Hitasha Rupani is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Matthew Guy

Matthew Guy

Consultant Clinical Scientist

Dr Matthew Guy is a Consultant Clinical Scientist at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Phil Hyde

Phil Hyde

Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant

Dr Phil Hyde is a Paediatric Intensive Care Consultant at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Sophie Fletcher

Sophie Fletcher

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Dr Sophie Fletcher is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Boyd Ghosh

Boyd Ghosh

Consultant Neurologist

Dr Boyd Ghosh is a Consultant Neurologist at University Hospital Southampton and Salisbury District Hospital, and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Andy Fox

Andy Fox

Consultant Pharmacist for Medicine Safety

Dr Andy Fox is a Consultant Pharmacist for Medicine Safety at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.

Matthew Stammers

Matthew Stammers

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Data Scientist

Dr Matt Stammers is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospital Southampton and holder of a Research Leaders Programme (RLP) fellowship.