Senior Clinical Lectureship Award
Dr Geoff Charles-Edwards has received a Senior Clinical Lectureship Award (SCLA) from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
The Award represents the pinnacle of the HEFCE’s Clinical Academic Training Programme, which supports individuals who are committed to a career combining research and clinical practice.
Dr Charles-Edwards is a Principal Clinical Scientist in magnetic resonance physics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, as well as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London within the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. The Award means that 50 per cent of his salary will be funded for five years to ring fence half of his working time for research.
This is the first time a medical physicist has received the Award, and it is one of the first of such awards to a healthcare scientist in any discipline.
‘This is a prestigious Award and extremely competitive,’ notes Dr Keith Ison, Head of Medical Physics at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. ‘It is about linking academic development with clinical delivery. It is exactly what we need to do as an Academic Health Sciences Centre’.
King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre brings together a world-leading research-led university (King’s College London) and three of London’s most successful NHS Foundation Trusts (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley).
Professor Reza Razavi, Head of the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at the College and its associated Clinical Academic Group (CAG) within King’s Health Partners, adds, ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Geoff. It is also a significant milestone for the Imaging and Biomedical Engineering CAG, which is an ideal host for this type of award.’
The HEFCE works with The National Institute for Health Research and the Chief Nursing Officer for England to run the SCLAs for Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists.
For further information about the SCLA, visit http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/cslaward. For further information about King’s Health Partners, visit http://www.kingshealthpartners.org.
13 April 2012