KSS SFP Programme General Practice

Academic Foundation Programme Job Description 

Programme 10, 11, and 12 – General Practice – based at BSMS 

Reference: 2024BSMS/10 Reference: 2024BSMS/11 Reference: 2024BSMS/12 

Type of programme  Research – The academic GP attachment based in Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Brighton and Sussex Medical School comprises of research and education. 
Employing trust:  University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust 
Academic placement based at:  Brighton and Sussex Medical School BSMS, Mayfield House, Falmer, University of Brighton Campus 
Brief outline of department  

We are a multi-disciplinary department:  primary and community care services, public health, social science, epidemiology, psychology.  The clinical focus of our current primary care research is health service delivery, sexual health, cancer, dementia, cardiovascular health, the electronic patient record, multimorbidity/frailty and mental health).  Applicants are encouraged to examine staff profiles on the department website (https://www.bsms.ac.uk/research/primary-care-and-population-health/primary-care/pcph-team.aspx) to explore current research activity.     

The department participates in the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for Kent Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS).  ARCS support applied health and care research that responds to the needs of local populations and local health and care systems Please see https://arc-kss.nihr.ac.uk for more information  

The department contributes to academic teaching in all years of the undergraduate curriculum. In Phase I the teaching is around generic clinical and communication skills and in later years, general practice and public health. There are also opportunities to write for a post graduate journal targeted at GPs in training. 
Structure of academic project/what expected Research:  

F2s should meet online with Dr Max Cooper and Dr Sangeetha Sornalingam in advance of the placement to plan academic activities. Output typically takes the form of research/academic writing and teaching/assessment. Please note that the four month timeframe it is not conducive to undertaking new research projects requiring ethics approval etc. All F2s plan and submit at least one paper for a GP journal, typically Innovait (Sage). This is normally based upon a clinical area of interest to the F2 but structured through a general practice approach to care.  Other journals that F2s have successfully published in include the BMJ and the Journal of Medical Biography. We aim to support F2s to develop areas of personal interest towards academic writing/research by applying a GP lens. 

Please note that research undertaken during this rotation must be led from the department rather than the hospital or another department.  The F2 may also contribute to an existing research project undertaken by a member of the department staff (see link to staff profiles above).  F2s may present their work at a national Primary Care Conference (e.g. Society of Academic Primary Care or RCGP).  
Prior to joining the department, it is helpful to speak to a previous F2 who has completed this rotation in order to understand how to use this opportunity most profitably. 

The opportunities for participating in teaching and student assessment will vary depending on the phase in the academic cycle, but all F2s will have the opportunity for some formal medical education training and involvement in the General Practice or clinical practice curriculum. 
Departmental academic teaching programme
The Division has a weekly academic seminar with speakers from the division, our parent universities and externally. A regular Research in Progress meeting provides a forum for emerging ideas and interpretation of recently collected data. 
Academic Lead: 
Dr Max Cooper Senior Lecturer in Primary Care