Dr Andrew Webb
The specialty specific programme provides a broad training in acute and general medicine, hypertension (ward reviews and clinics), onsite clinical toxicology, medicines management activities, research methods in clinical pharmacology, experimental medicine and vascular function techniques.
Clinical pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT) also has a strong educational component, and the Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) will be invited to teach medical students and cardiovascular and pharmacology BSc/MSc students in bedside teaching sessions and tutorials and online webinars and face to face lectures in Pharmacology & Prescribing, Hypertension/Cardiovascular Disease, and Long Term Conditions/Multi-morbidity/Polypharmacy.
We have a well-established programme, which gives exposure to general medicine and clinical aspects of clinical pharmacology, hypertension, clinical toxicology, medicines policy (joint formulary committee and drugs and therapeutics committee). This has been approved for core medical training and specialist training.
The ACF will contribute to the Acute and General Medicine Service as well as contributing to research and teaching within CPT. Within Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), the ACF will integrate with our other trainees in terms of the General Medicine service and in research. They will rotate on and off the wards in 4-month blocks as has been the case with previous ACFs and have the opportunity to attend specialty outpatient clinics in hypertension and toxicology, and participate in consultant hypertension ward reviews, e.g., for patients with acute aortic syndromes. The ACF will undertake experimental medicine research in the Clinical Research Facility (CRF). The ACF will be invited to select one of the Investigators’ experimental medicine or translational studies, on which they will become part of the Investigator’s team through formal registration with R&D.
ACFs are given the opportunity to spend time in the Department during their Specialty weeks, to gain exposure to a range of different studies, to choose their study for their dedicated research time and begin to learn any research techniques and to initiate arrangements to join the study and if appropriate develop the study or define a new sub-study and prepare a NOSA (notification of substantial amendment) so that this is set up in time.