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Saumya Singh, CT3, Mersey
Scott Broadhurst, CT3, Greater Manchester/Lancashire
Catarina Santos, CT3, Greater Manchester/Lancashire
Hi, my name is Oli and I am currently a first year Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) working on an Acute Male ward within Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust in Salford.
Being an ACF means that for 25% of core training I will be out of clinical work and focusing on research. This could be within any area of psychiatric research, ranging from epidemiology to drug discover and everything in between. My focus will be on old age psychiatry as this is such a dynamic and life changing area of research, not just for patients but for their families and carers also.
As part of the ACF I am currently completing an MRes in Medical Sciences, this will give me the knowledge and skills to conduct medical research effectively. I am currently exploring options but am particularly interested in neuroimaging and psychophysiology, most importantly how these can be applied to every day clinical situations.
My aim is to complete a PhD after finishing the 3 year ACF and then work as a clinical lecturer, spending 50% of my registrar training completing clinical research. An ACF is the perfect starting place for a career in academic psychiatry and I would recommend the programme within the University of Manchester to everyone.