Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Clinical Academic Hub

Last updated: 18 June 2021

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Chantel Ostler, consultant clinical academic physiotherapist

Research Team group photo

Excited for the Clinical Hub at PHU to launch!

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Rosalynn Austin, specialist research nurse & clinical doctoral research fellow

 

Welcome to the Portsmouth University Hospitals NHS Trust's clinical academic hub!

The clinical academic hub aims to support nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) clinicians who are undertaking research within the Trust. This may include colleagues on research training pathways, those interested in using research to improve clinical care and services we provide to our patients, as well as those who manage clinical academic staff. 

Led by Chantel Ostler, consultant clinical academic physiotherapist and Rosalynn Austin, principal clinical academic nurse researcher, the hub team can support you with advice about clinical academic careers and link you with peer support and mentorship from other clinical academics both internally and externally. In addition, they can support you with applications for research funding and fellowships.

The hub is also a great place to start if you would like to know more about clinical academic roles in general and how you could start to get involved in research in your clinical area. 

A clinical academic is someone who splits their role between working clinically and undertaking research or improvement work. Their work is aimed at investigating new ways to deliver care and improve outcomes for the people they treat. 

Working within the NHS, clinical academics help to develop and lead relevant research, that is grounded in investigating real problems experienced in clinical practice. In addition, they also act as a bridge between the NHS and universities and collaborate on research and build teams whose members have the right knowledge and skills to answer key patient centred questions.

Clinical academic’s also support their department’s clinical team members and encourage them to become more involved in research and improvement work. They are innovative and creative with the skills for quality improvement (QI) and audit work, as well as research projects. By utilising these approaches clinical academics help create and build a culture of research within health services, advancing care and improving outcomes for patients.

A clinical academic career is typically defined by a series of training opportunities to help develop research and leadership skills. To get started on a clinical academic career pathway, several options are available.

  • Clinical academic/ research taster sessions - spend time with a clinical academic who will introduce you to the research and innovation team, share elements of both their clinical and academic roles and where possible arrange to have you observe research in action.
  • Research Internships – Research internships offer an introduction to all aspects and roles across clinical academic research from trial design, data management through to undertaking practical research in a clinical environment. Across the Wessex region (Hampshire, IOW, Wiltshire and Dorset), both Health Education England (HEE) and the Wessex Applied Research Collaborative (ARC) offer the following schemes:

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/clinical-academic-careers/research-internships

https://www.arc-wx.nihr.ac.uk/our-academy/fellowships-and-internships/

  • NIHR/ HEE ICA programme - The Health Education England (HEE) / National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme provides research training (Masters, PhD and post doc) awards for health and social care professionals, excluding doctors and dentists, who wish to develop careers that combine research and research leadership with continued practice and professional development. These include:
  • Pre-doctoral clinical academic fellowship (PCAF)
  • Clinical doctoral research fellowship (CDRF)
  • Clinical and senior clinical lectureships

https://www.nihr.ac.uk/explore-nihr/academy-programmes/hee-nihr-integrated-clinical-academic-programme.htm

If you are already further along the career pathway and are undertaking or have completed a PhD the team would be happy to meet with you to talk about next steps, whether that is applying for a bridging scheme, or in developing a post-doctoral fellowship or research grant application.

Post doc fellowships (clinical and senior clinical lectureships) are available via the NIHR ICA programme, as well as ARC Wessex and some medical research charities, but are very competitive and need planning and support. We can help you to take this often challenging but highly rewarding next step.

  • Bridging schemes - Applying for these fellowships can take a lot of time. Bridging schemes are a way of providing support to clinical academics to build on their previous academic training and develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral award and take the next step on their clinical academic pathway. The following links can provide more information.

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/clinical-academic-careers/integrated-clinical-academic-ica-programme/bridging-scheme

The Trust is currently working with stakeholders across the region to develop a PHU clinical academic strategy to support and grow clinical academic career pathways within the organisation.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the opportunities available.

The clinical academic hub at PHU runs a peer support network linking clinical academics working across the Trust together.

Please contact us via email: clinical.academic@porthosp.nhs.uk,  if you would like to get involved, or follow us on twitter @CAhubPHU to find out more about what we do.

We can also provide one-to-one sessions to discuss how to get started, or to think about the next steps in your current pathway. We hold a monthly drop-in session on the second Thursday of the month in the Education centre. The team will be available to answer all questions related to clinical academic careers, research or improvement. The dates and times can be found below in our upcoming events section.

If you are a manager who supports a clinical academic, or someone who is interested in this career pathway, we are happy to meet with you to think about how this role fits within your department or team, how the roles are funded and what to expect.

 A clinical academic within the team can bring added value by supporting your quality improvement work, working in partnership with your patients, disseminating research findings, sharing their learning with the wider team and researching important questions from clinical practice. 

Navigating this career pathway is challenging and we can offer advice and guidance about what is possible. Contact us at: mailto:clinical.academic@porthosp.nhs.uk, for more information.

Rosalynn Austin: clinical academic nurse researcher, specialist research nurse and clinical academic research fellow

I’ve been involved in research for over 10 years, but until 2016, I primarily delivered research projects created by others. Since starting my PhD (Clinical Academic Research Fellow), I have lead on my own cardiology research project here at PHU. Known as SYMPACT, my project is looking at understanding the symptoms people with heart failure experience and if those symptoms make it harder for them to manage their illness. I believe this knowledge will help improve the patients experience and their healthcare. The project has enabled me to link with other nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs) who have successfully incorporated research into their clinical roles.

With the support of our chief nurse, Liz Rix, the director of nursing, Clare Meachin and the executive director of research, Anoop Chauhan; Chantal Ostler and I have been tasked with highlighting and advancing nurses, midwives, and AHPs, who are carrying out research created here at PHU. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the research based at PHU. I hope to inspire and develop a program of projects which will align with our trust values and investigate the needs of the people who depend on our hospital. With Chantal, I will also be helping to develop the ‘clinical academic’ role here at PHU.

Contact: Clinical.academic@porthosp.nhs.uk or Rosalynn.Austin@porthosp.nhs.uk

Twitter: @RosalynnAustin

 

Chantel Ostler: consultant clinical academic physiotherapist

I have always been interested in improving the care we provide to our patients. Early in my career I was regularly involved in audits and service improvement projects. I loved working with patients in the prosthetic service, listening to their views about our service and coming up with ideas together for how we could improve their experience and care.

In 2005 I undertook a masters degree which spiked my interest in research as an improvement tool. On completion, I undertook a role with Solent NHS trust as their lead research clinician which enabled me to gain a further understanding around meaningful patient engagement and how to really make research projects achievable and useful in NHS settings.

In 2018 I was approached by the University of Southampton to be part of a team exploring how digital technologies could improve access to prosthetic services in Cambodia. This partnership with the university led to a clinical academic role, with my time split between treating patients at the Portsmouth Enablement centre and undertaking clinically relevant prosthetic research. Being based in the NHS has enabled me to link the two roles, bringing more research opportunities into the department and supporting my colleagues to develop their research understanding and skills. This role also led to funding for my PhD, exploring how to make outcome measurement work in clinical practice.  I now have this amazing opportunity, as a consultant clinical academic alongside Rosalynn Austin, and with the support of Liz Rix and Anoop Chauhan, to help PHU build career pathways for other clinical academics. A more robust pathway can enable staff interested in research to explore this fascinating field and ultimately drive research activity which addresses the needs of our services and our patients.

Contact: Clinical.academic@porthosp.nhs.uk / chantel.ostler2@porthosp.nhs.uk

Twitter: @research_agent

We hold a monthly drop-in session on the second Thursday of the month in the Education centre. The team will be available to answer all questions related to clinical academic careers, research or improvement.

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/clinical-academic-careers/integrated-clinical-academic-ica-programme

ARC Applied Research Collaborative Wessex:  https://www.arc-wx.nihr.ac.uk/

Wessex Clinical Research Network: https://local.nihr.ac.uk/lcrn/wessex/

Research Design Service: https://www.rds-sc.nihr.ac.uk/

Health Research Authority:  https://www.hra.nhs.uk/

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