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Research Clinical Fellow - Dermatology

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£37,068 to £57,570 per Annum
Closing date
26 May 2024

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We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic doctor to work in our dermatology department at Brighton General Hospital and The Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Applicants should be interested in a career in dermatology. The role will be focussed on research and working on studies within the department including NIHR portfolio, non-commercial and commercial trials in both outpatient and the Clinical Investigation Research Unit (CIRU) settings. The post will also include inflammatory clinics, training in minor operations procedures and assessing lesions, to enable the candidate to gain a wide experience in dermatology. Previous dermatology experience is not essential but applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment to the speciality.

This post is open primarily to applicants who do not require a certificate of sponsorship to take up employment in the UK. Any applications from applicants who do require a certificate of sponsorship will be considered only if no suitable UK, EEA National or those with verifiable permission to work in the UK are identified for the post

In addition to supplying us with your referee details for the last 3 years please also provide us with the contact details of your Responsible Officer for Appraisal and Revalidation

Main duties of the job

Applicants should hold the MRCP or equivalent and be interested in a career in dermatology. The role will include delivery to dermatology research studies in the dermatology outpatient and Clinical Investigations Research Unit (CIRU), inflammatory and lesion clinics, and training in minor surgical procedures. The appointee will have a clinical supervisor to ensure appropriate training and development is achieved in this role. Previous dermatology experience is not essential but applicants should demonstrate an enthusiasm and commitment to the speciality.

About us

Join us at UHSussex , every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post is designed to develop and support dermatology research in the Trust with some clinical dermatological experience. There will also be a research project within this environment. This post would be ideal for a junior doctor interested in training in dermatology to gain clinical exposure, as well as gain experience in dermatology research, prior to applying for a training position.

The research role will focus on CTIMP academic-led and Industry sponsored trials in the active NIHR dermatology trials portfolio delivered at CIRU (, and registry/observational studies carried out in the dermatology department at Brighton General Hospital. Dr Farrant, Dr Topham and Dr DeGiovanni lead in recruiting and supervising trial patients and have an active presence in CIRU with the excellent team of research nurses and research support staff. Our current portfolio is varied with trials in atopic eczema, alopecia areata, psoriasis, skin lesions and hidradenitis suppurativa. The clinical duties of the post will include an inflammatory clinic, training in minor surgical procedures and lesion assessment.

The post holder is expected to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate education. On Call Commitment: No out of hours commitments. Rota during normal working hours.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Basic medical degree
  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • Advanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK or equivalent


  • MRCP or equivalent
  • Higher Degree

Clinical Expierience


  • Attendance in Dermatology clinics, ward rounds etc
  • Previous post in dermatology

Clinical Skills


  • Understanding of clinical risk management
  • An ability to communicate well with patients and staff


  • Minor surgical skills, local anaesthetic, biopsy, suturing, curettage, shave
  • Ability to manage own outpatient clinic under supervision



  • Appropriate level of clinical knowledge / up to date
  • Knowledge and use of evidence based practice


  • IT skills
  • Breadth of experience in and outside specialty

Organisation and Planning


  • Able to organise oneself and prioritise clinical need
  • Experience and ability to work in multi-professional teams
  • Understanding of: NHS / Clinical governance / Resource constraints.


  • Evidence of managerial skills: Achievements / Course attended



  • Evidence of an interest and commitment to teaching
  • Recognised teaching qualification

Teaching Skill


  • Evidence of an interest and commitment to teaching
  • Recognised Teaching Qualification

Academic and Research


  • Understanding of the principles of research


  • Evidence of participation in audit
  • Research experience
  • Publications
  • Prizes and honours

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Brighton General Hospital

Elm Grove



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