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Clinical Research Fellow (Hepatology)

Job Reference: 192-CS-19-0611

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Research Business Support
£40,000 per annum

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country. We provide a full range of services to more than 675,000 people across Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and West Sussex. Most services are provided at Queen Alexandra Hospital but we also offer a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities closer to patients’ homes. We handle around 142,000 Emergency Department admissions a year and have the busiest maternity department on the South Coast. The Trust employs around 6,480 staff and is the largest employer in Portsmouth.

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Clinical Research Fellow (Hepatology)

POST: Hepatology Research Fellow – Research & Innovation

Hours: 40 hours per week (1.0 WTE)

Contract Type: Fixed term contract – 1 year initially

Closing Date for Applications: 28th July 2019

Interview Date: 11th August 2019

Proposed Start Date: to be agreed

Salary: £


Clinical Research Fellow in Hepatology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Outstanding opportunity for an ambitious trainee Hepatologist or gastroenterologist to gain experience of delivering clinical research under the supervision of Dr Richard Aspinall.

The Portsmouth Liver Centre is one of the largest hepatology services in Southern England and includes 4 consultant hepatologists, 5 hepatology nurse specialists, 5 alcohol nurses, 2 research nurses, a specialist pharmacist and a clinical trials assistant. We provide the full range of non-surgical specialist liver care including a satellite transplant service (with the Royal Free London), antiviral therapy for Hepatitis B&C, complex second line PBC therapies, an award-winning alcohol care team and a pioneering NAFLD clinic. We have dedicated areas for ambulatory care (including nurse-led paracentesis) and a separate clinical area for research trials.

We have a strong track record of delivering studies in chronic liver disease including viral hepatitis, NAFLD, ARLD, PBC, autoimmune hepatitis, de compensated cirrhosis and hepatic encephalopathy.

In addition to training in research methodology, the successful applicant will be able to gain additional clinical exposure (depending on their interests) such as training in endoscopic management of varices or transient elastography (Fibroscan).

In addition to helping deliver NIHR portfolio studies, the research fellow will be supported to develop an investigator led project subject to their interests and register for a higher degree. Potential projects are negotiable but existing opportunities include projects in alcohol related illness, NAFLD/NASH, portal hypertension, renal dysfunction in cirrhosis and ongoing collaborations with public health colleagues.

Informal enquiries are welcomed. Please contact Dr Richard Aspinall, NIHR Wessex Research Network Lead for Hepatology by email or telephone 02392 28 6255.

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Closing date - 28th July 2019

Interview date - 11th August 2019

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