North West London Research Symposium

CATO runs a number of events to support the development of clinical academics/researchers across the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre.  The events are for clinical staff from all AHSC partner members:  Imperial College London (ICL), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBHT) and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH) who are either already doing or interested in undertaking research.

On this page you will find details about upcoming CATO events, materials from previous events and other news that we hope will be of interest to you.

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Guidance to applicants
  • Demand for CATO courses are high, therefore you are expected to manage you booking carefully and to cancel with adequate notice, allowing your place to be offered to others. If you feel it necessary cancel your place on the day of the course please contact the CATO team as early as possible so they can make a note of your absence.
  • All correspondence about courses will be sent by email, so applicants are advised to check their email accounts regularly for updates.
  • All CATO events are provided free of charge to participants. However, to plan and deliver the events requires considerable time and work from CATO colleagues, speakers and others. All CATO events are funded through the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre (Imperial College London, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust).

 

Previous Event Highlights

Starting and Growing your Research Career: 26 March 2019

On Tuesday 26 March 2019, over 30 attendees from across the Imperial College AHSC attended the afternoon session on “Starting and Growing Your Research Career” they listened to interesting talks on how their colleagues have started their research careers and learned about the opportunities available and how to develop their research CVs.

Dr Caroline Alexander - The HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme – Overview

Prof. Jeremy Levy - Other research/clinical academic opportunities and support at Imperial

 Marie-Clare Johnson What it was like to do an MRes - what made you chose an MRes

Gemma ClunieDeveloping a research career

Prof Mary WellsPre-doc fellowship applications

CATO Masterclass - Wednesday 13 March 2019

On Wednesday 13 March over 40 people attended the CATO Masterclass on 'PROMS PREMS and the importance of a patient focus in research' at the Wolfson building, Hammersmith hospital. The delegates are from a range of medical specialties as well as many Healthcare Professionals.

Our Speakers from the evening have kindly agreed to share their presentation slides below:

Prof Pernilla Lagergren Patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) in clinical research

Prof Edwina Brown Patient Outcome Studies – why and how

Will Kendall Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC)

AHSC Starting Out in Research Course 2019

AHSC Starting Out in Research Course 2019 - Wednesday 20 January, Wednesday 23 February & Friday 1 March

Professor Mary Wells (Lead Nurse for Research at Imperial College Healthcare) led a 3 day Starting Out in Research Course for a wide range of Healthcare Professional colleagues from across the Imperial College AHSC. The participants attended a range of sessions including statistics, appraising papers and hearing how other healthcare professionals got in to research as well as having small group coaching sessions.

AHSC Starting Out in Research 2019 - Programme

“Imperial College London and its NHS partners Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, the Royal Brompton NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation are keen to encourage other clinical staff to take up research opportunities. Healthcare professionals outside of medicine have expertise and perspectives on care that can enhance the quality of research and lead to improved patient outcomes and experiences.”  The full news story can be found on the Imperial College News webpage.

CATO Masterclass: "Public Health Research" 24 January 2019

The CATO Masterclass:  ‘Revolutions in public health research and how to access UK Biobank data: An update for all Clinical Academics’ took place on the Thursday 24 January 2019  at the at Julian Bloom Lecture Theatre, Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre, Royal Marsden Hospital.

This event was attended by over 50 delegates many of whom are clinical academics/researchers, from a variety of specialties and career stages, as well as other Medics and Healthcare Professionals in clinical academic roles.

Our Speakers from the evening have kindly agreed to share their presentation slides below:

Prof Azeem Majeed: “Using Primary Care Data for Public Health, Epidemiology and Research”
(Professor Azeem Majeed PDF)

CATO Masterclass - 1 November 2018

The CATO Masterclass: “Maximising the success of your PhD” and “How do Universities and Funders assess the success of your research” took place on the Thursday 1 November 2018 in the Wolfson Education Centre at Hammersmith Hospital.

This event was attended by over 50 delegates many of whom are already currently doing PhDs as well as other Medics and Healthcare Professionals in clinical academic roles.

Our Speakers from the evening have kindly agreed to share their presentation slides below:

Prof Iain McNeish: “Maximising the success of your PhD”
(Professor Iain McNeish PDF)

Prof Stephen Curry: “How do Universities and Funders assess the success of your research”
(Professor Stephen Curry PDF)

If you are interested in attending future Masterclass events, please keep an eye on our website for the latest news.

Academic Opportunities for Junior Doctors: 23 October 2018

This year’s Academic Opportunities for Junior Doctors event provided an array of information about how academic trainees could kick-start their academic careers. The event was aimed at those already in a clinical academic training post and thinking about next steps, or those currently in clinical training and considering applying for a clinical academic post. 

The event topped last year’s numbers, with 80+ delegates attending from a variety of specialties and career stages, seeking information and advice on the opportunities available nationally and locally and tips on developing a successful career in academic medicine.

Professor Waljit Dhillo, NIHR Imperial BRC Training Lead, chaired the programme together with Professor Jeremy Levy, CATO Director from the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre.

Kiri Tan from the Wellcome Trust gave an overview of WT opportunities and Professor Waljit Dhillo talked about the research training and Fellowships offered by the NIHR.  Professor Anne Lingford-Hughes (ICL) gave tips about getting through a Fellowship interview.  There was also a talk from Dr David Owen, a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, about his career path and his research.

Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith and Dr Harry Leitch (Institute Of Clinical Sciences) spoke about the Chain Florey Fellowships and PhDs. We also heard from Dr Andrew Edwards (Imperial College London) about the Imperial MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection PhD Fellowships (CMBI).

We have included the presentation materials below from speakers who have given us permission to do so.

 Speaker presentations from 23 October 2018

Preparing for a Pre-doc: 2 October 2018

The “Preparing for a Pre-Doc Fellowship” for Healthcare professionals took place on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at Charing Cross Hospital and attracted ~20 participants from across the AHSC. This event was designed for any healthcare professional outside of medicine who is thinking about applying for a pre-doctoral fellowship later this year or early next year.

Staff from Imperial College London, Imperial College Health Charity and Royal Brompton Health Trust attended the afternoon event. They listened to informative talks form Professor Mary Wells and Dr Caroline Alexander who discussed possible fellowships and what the reviewers look for. They also heard from past applicants Adine Adonis (IHC Pre-Doc Fellowship) and Juliet Albert (NIHR PCAF Fellowship) about their experiences through the process. The second half of the afternoon gave the attendees a chance to look through sample Fellowship application forms and consider the information they need to obtain and discuss their ideas with their peers and session leads.

All attendees found the session valuable and the majority of the applicants indicated they plan to apply for a Pre-Doctoral fellowship in the 2018/19 application round.

Presentations from the speakers are available below:

Prof Mary Wells - What are pre doctoral fellowships?

Dr Caroline Alexander: What do judges want?

Prof Mary Wells: Pre-doctoral Fellowship Groupwork

News stories

ACF scheme successful in developing careers in research

A study has been conducted to examine the impact of the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) model, over its first 10 years, in developing clinical academic careers by tracking the progression of ACF trainees.

The full report can be accessed on BMJ Journals here.

Imperial Researchers develop skills to communicate research

Imperial Researchers develop skills to communicate research

In July 2017 two researchers were nominated by Imperial to attend the NIHR Doctoral Training Camp.   This highly regarded annual 3-day event is delivered by the NIHR Infrastructure Team.  The Training Camp provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop key research skills and the chance to mix with people from different research backgrounds and levels of expertise.  

To read reviews from Imperial attendees at the 2017 Training Camp, which focussed on ‘The Art of Communication’ please read these blogs: Anne-Marie Russell   Jerusa Brignardello

Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD programme

Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme

Imperial has been awarded a 5-year Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD programme, making it one of only seven schemes to have successfully obtained funding. The scheme will be supported by the Imperial Clinical Academic Training Office and the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre which will provide funding for additional fellowships. The first cohort will be recruited this winter, to start in autumn 2017.

For more information on this new programme please go to the Imperial College News article here.