Clinical Research Fellow in Digital Health

Imperial College London National Heart and Lung Institute

Job summary

This is a unique one-year for a Clinical Research Fellowship to support research and lead implementation of clinical service improvement and evaluation of the Connected Care Bureau (CCB). CCB is a clinical centre of operations at Imperial College and NHS Trust in which Health Professionals run protocol-driven diagnostic, triage and management pathways based on incoming data from appropriate connected technologies. You will provide clinical...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02402
  • Date posted 31 March 2021
  • Closing date 30 April 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location Hammersmith Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £38,694 – £49,036 plus benefits
  • Department National Heart & Lung Institute
  • Category Researcher / Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

This is a unique one-year for a Clinical Research Fellowship to support research and lead implementation of clinical service improvement and evaluation of the Connected Care Bureau (CCB). CCB is a clinical centre of operations at Imperial College and NHS Trust in which Health Professionals run protocol-driven diagnostic, triage and management pathways based on incoming data from appropriate connected technologies.

You will provide clinical oversight, evaluation, and management for the growing number of care pathways and their development and implementation. This is a particularly exciting time to join Imperial College & NHS Trust and be part of its visionary digital transformation strategy now given added impetus in the COVID-19 era.

This post will involve close collaboration with the core CCB clinical team, and existing cardiac and other services in the major comorbid conditions. You will oversee management of clinical implementation and evaluation and is an opportunity to evolve leadership in the emerging digital optimisation of care and continue work with CCB and the growing team to become an expert in this emerging field of medicine.

You will work closely with a team including other Clinical Research Fellows, allied health professionals and Trust leadership, and will gain experience in executing research protocols (including but not limited to the application of new technologies in clinical pathways), contribute to academic publications and will develop a technical understanding of the wider digital health ecosystem beginning to thrive within the NHS. For example, within Imperial NHS, several novel remote monitoring and diagnostic pathways using novel technologies are live or being developed across heart failure, frailty (care home support), COPD, palpitations, pulmonary fibrosis, cardiac rehabilitation and other chronic conditions.

Duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities in connected care research and quality improvement streams:

  • Large-scale evaluation of new clinical pathways using new diagnostic technologies driven by artificial intelligence (e.g. in-ear continuous SpO2 monitoring, point-of-care AI ECG for heart failure and Covid-19 detection) in partnership with international collaborators
  • Design and testing of early supported discharge pathways using remote monitoring technology, initially for COVID-19 patients but later transitioning to chronic diseases (heart failure, COPD, diabetes)
  • Expansion of remote diagnostic pathway for palpitations. Cause using AI technology implemented at the point of contact with GP with specialist remote input for diagnosis
  • Clinical study of new technologies for measuring oxygen saturations (as a potential remote monitoring tool in further pandemics)
  • Development of the Care Information Exchange as a tool for new clinical pathways and ongoing population health surveillance (big data) - Presentation of research at digital health conferences

There will be scope for incorporating the implementation of connected-care pathway(s) in the Fellow’s preferred sub-speciality to underpin registering with Imperial College for a MD(Res)/PhD degree, or post-doctoral research.

You will hold an honorary clinical contract with the appropriate NHS Trust/s and should be prepared to take on limited clinical responsibilities appropriate to your level of experience and expertise.

Essential requirements

    • Medical qualification with registration at the General Medical Council
    • Electronic Health Records in primary and secondary care
    • Clinical experience in different hospital and community specialties

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for full list of requirements.

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term post for 12 months, and will be based across Hammersmith Campus (East Acton), Charing Cross Campus (Hammersmith) and St Mary’s Campus (Paddington).

Salary: £38,694 - £49,036 per annum (plus £2,162 per annum London allowance).

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate.

We invite questions from interested candidates, who may contact Professor Nicholas Peters - n.peters@imperial.ac.uk.