East of England Neurology Training Fellowships 2016

Neurology training in the East of England deanery is the only neurology training scheme in the UK focused on training in academic neurology. All trainees do 4 years of clinical training, to achieve a CCT, combined with at least one year of research. The expectation is that all trainees will use this year of research to go on to do a PhD or, for those already with PhDs, postdoctoral research. There are 14 clinical neurology posts in total, and there are currently 25 East Anglian Neurology Training Fellows, three Academic Clinical Fellows and one NIHR clinical lecturer; so roughly half of our fellows are in research at any one time.

Clinical Training

Neurological training in East Anglia is flexible and distributed in Addenbrooke’s, Norfolk & Norwich, Queen’s Romford and the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square. All trainees spend 8 months at Queen Square, at least 12 months at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the remainder at Romford or Norwich. Clinical and research training are integrated. It is possible, for instance, to do “blocks” of research for 12-18 months separated by clinical attachments. This can be desirable for conducting epidemiological surveys or setting up trials. It is not normally helpful to interrupt a laboratory project in this way. During three years of research, trainees are asked to be on the on-call rota and do up 40 general neurology clinics, often at local district general hospitals.

Research Training 

All fellows arriving will be given at least one year of funded research time. For those majority who do not already have a PhD, the expectation is that this year will be used to get pilot data for an application for a research fellowship. This research will be under the supervision of one of the academic neurologists, although joint-supervision from other Cambridge neuroscientists is strongly encouraged. Within neurology, the research themes are multiple sclerosis (Alasdair Coles, Jo Jones, Stephen Sawcer), Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease (Roger Barker), neurodegenerative disorders (Giovanna Mallucci, Maria-Grazia Spillantini, Dennis Chan, John O’Brien and James Rowe), stroke (Hugh Markus and Elizabeth Warburton) and head injury (David Menon). Specific research projects are listed overleaf.  

Fellows who already have a PhD are welcome on our scheme. But a PhD is not an advantage at interview. We would plan one year of research in order to allow to apply for an intermediate fellowship.

All research students have access to the clinical neuroscience graduate training scheme, which is run by Professor Adrian Carpenter. This includes a regular seminar series, mentorship and training in laboratory and clinical techniques, as well as research management, across all the disciplines working within neurosciences.  We also run a specific mentorship scheme for clinicians intending to apply for fellowships (training or intermediate) with mock interviews and proposal-writing workshops. Cambridge Neuroscience (http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/) is an umbrella organization which brings together all researchers in Cambridge working on the nervous system. Clinical trainees on our fellowship scheme have access to supervision and collaboration from any of these researchers.

Before national recruitment interviews, we would expect you to have approached potential supervisor(s) and, at interview, to be able to discuss your research preferences and future plans.

For further information please see the full document available for download at the bottom of this page.