Academic Research Foundation Programme Description (Exeter)
2 posts


For the F1 year, applicants will be asked to preference four standard rotations which will be allocated to the trainees on academic programmes (education and research) in Exeter on the basis of their FPAS application score.

Currently, trainees will be asked to preference (please note, all posts are subject to change):

General (internal) Medicine (Gastro)/General Surgery/Emergency Medicine
General Medicine/Emergency Medicine/Urology
General (internal) Medicine/Anaesthetics/General Surgery
General Surgery (Colorectal)/Acute Internal Medicine/General internal Medicine


This is a one year academic post that integrates academic work with clinical work throughout the year with approximately one third of time dedicated to the research opportunity.

The post will be offered as 2x6 month placements at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, with the first 6 months based in an acute medical environment and the second in an appropriate clinical department, to be agreed with the foundation school according to individual progress, educational needs and personal interest

The posts will be of particular interest to those aspiring to an academic career but the research skills will be generic and the experience of benefit to anyone with an interest in health and health service research.

Research Areas and Leads

Wide ranging research possibilities exist through the opportunities offered (link to the list) through the University of Exeter Medical School. Each research foundation trainee has the opportunity to preference their research area, a sample of which includes:
• Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Dr Tamsin Ford)

• Mental Health (Dr Rose McCabe, Dr Chris Dickens)

• Environment and Human Health (Dr Lora Fleming)

• Dementia and Ageing (Dr Linda Clare)

• Evidence synthesis and modelling for health improvement (Dr Rob Anderson)

• Primary Health Care (Professor John Campbell, Dr Martinez Valderas)

• Diabetes (Professor Andrew Hattersley, Dr Sian Ellis, Dr Katarina Kos)

The academic placement

Outputs for the Academic foundation doctor

• To produce at least one publication and a regional or national poster or oral presentation
• To gain experience of life in an academic department
• To develop some research skills and ideas and contacts for future academic work.

Supervisory process from the Research Group

• The successful candidate will have a choice of some identified projects and scope to bring their own interests to the project they chose within the confines of the work that needs to be done.
• Depending on the timetable and individual interests, there may be opportunities to access additional learning opportunities through the University of Exeter staff development programme as appropriate.

Learning Objectives:

• To become competent in the immediate assessment and management of the common general medical emergencies.
• Multidisciplinary team working.
• Academic mentorship and exposure to high quality clinical academic practice.
• Exposure to high quality clinically relevant research.
• Training in core academic generic transferable skills.


1. To provide training and research experience in a world leading clinical environment to allow the post holder to understand what is involved in clinical research.
2. To provide excellent clinical specialist and general medical training in an excellent clinical environment
3. To allow the applicant to submit for publication two research papers/reviews during their F2 post.
4. To have developed key skills relevant to research but also useful in all areas of medicine e.g. critical appraisal of evidence, analysis of data, concise simple writing and being part of a successful team.