A key aim is to inculcate generic and transferable skills, which include:
- The ability to reflect on skills development and identify training needs
- The ability to manage time and projects effectively and productively
- The capacity to work on both own initiative and interactively in teams
- The flexibility to operate across broad and changing horizons
- An understanding of business principles
- The skills required to think critically and to present ideas and viewpoints effectively
- The ability to use modern IT and communications technology
- Specific workshops also provide training in Research and Careers Skills.
Generic skills training covers research ethics and clinical research governance; quantitative research methods and statistics, data analysis and experimental design; library/database-searching skills; and special topics such as writing papers and applying for grants.
In addition to generic research training each fellow will attend a minimum of 18, 1 day teaching modules in a programme.
The teaching days will be based around the approved curriculum of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) and will provide the Fellows with advanced education in the principles and core knowledge base of the discipline within the current research governance framework. The teaching however will follow a flexible timetable that will be responsive to Fellows’ needs as they arise during the course of their research.
Over the course of the teaching programme speakers with a wide variety of expertise will be invited to lead interactive sessions covering a range of topics including drug development, clinical trial design, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, personalised healthcare and pharmacovigilance. The speakers will include academics, research governance officers and experts working in industry and drug development.
While the teaching will primarily be focussed on the needs of the Fellows they will of course be of interest to other trainees and Fellows in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. As this is such a valuable opportunity the teaching days will be free to attend for other Fellows, trainees and specialists (numbers permitting). If you would like to attend one of the teaching days or be included on the mailing list then please contact Angela Foxcroft (Fellowship coordinator).
Teaching will take place at several locations around the North West including both Universities as well as at the venues of industry partners and will occur approximately every two months.