Arthritis Research UK research career development internships for podiatry
The internship programme was conceived to address existing deficiencies in clinical research career paths for bright, new, podiatry graduates. The internship consists of an eight-week clinical research placement immediately after graduation and prior to commencement of their first clinical post. Once in their first clinical post, the internship continues via a two-year off-site mentorship programme, with an eventual return to the host centre to develop a fellowship/PhD studentship application.
Thirteen podiatrists have undertaken the internships since its inception in 2003. Two are currently working in their first NHS posts, while eleven have gone on to success in obtaining higher degrees, clinical academic posts and an externally funded clinical PhD studentship. Latterly, four have gone on to prestigious clinical research fellowships awarded by Arthritis Research UK and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The growing network of interns has rapidly become self-sustaining with the group meeting at the professional conferences, as well as in between, providing ongoing peer support to each year's intake.
The internships prevent the best clinicians from being lost to patients through choosing a research career. Via the internships, patient care is provided by the best and brightest, early career specialists, using the latest and highest quality evidence and in the best possible environment.
Five of the interns immediately after they had given presentations at the National Podiatry Conference in Bournemouth 2008. (Clockwise from the top: Michael Backhouse, Lindsey Hooper, Anita Gay, Lucy Edgson, Begonya Alcacer-Pitarch.)