KSS SFP Programme Genito-Urinary Medicine

Academic Foundation Programme Job Description 

  Programme 8 – Genito-Urinary Medicine – based at BSMS/RSCH 

Reference:  2024BSMS/08 

Type of programme:  Research – Genitourinary and HIV Medicine, overseen by Dr Jaime Vera, Senior Lecturer 
Employing trust:  University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust 
Academic placement based at:  Royal Sussex County Hospital 
Brief outline of department  

The F2 doctors will work in the HIV/GUM research unit at RSCH, part of the Department of HIV/GUM which is the largest HIV treatment centre in the UK outside London, treating over 2,000 patients. The Genito-Urinary Medicine clinic, based at the Claude-Nicol Centre at RSCH, provides both general and specialist GUM services and sees 25,000 patients each year. The team has a proven track record of securing funding for a range of research areas which include research into HIV and Ageing; HIV Neurology; HIV transmission; Testing for HIV and STIs; patient management and monitoring and toxicity related to antiretroviral therapy. 
Structure of academic project/what expected  

The F2 doctor will have either the opportunity to contribute to an existing research project, to develop a discrete aspect of it or to develop a research project. Either could lead to a presentation at a national or international conference as well as aim for a publication. Specifically, an F2 doctor would be integrated into the existing research team, and would develop skills in: 

1. Literature searches using electronic databases such as MEDLINE 

2. Ethical Committee approval and research governances processes and principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for research 

3. Collating and inputting data into statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS) 

4. Specific laboratory techniques or questionnaire methodology pertinent to the concurrent research activities  
Departmental academic teaching programme  

The department has a weekly academic seminar programme with internal and external speakers; this includes a journal club and a regular research review meeting which provides a forum to discuss new research ideas and ongoing protocol development. 
Academic Lead:  
Professor Jaime Vera 
Professor of HIV Medicine