FY2 Intro Guide

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The FY2 Academic Foundation post is a fantastic four month placement based at Surrey University Department of Health Care Management & Policy under Professor Simon de Lusignan. Voted ‘Excellent’ by previous junior doctors it is a well organised, supportive and an inspiring environment for any keen clinical academic.

Prior to coming to the Department it is important to complete the necessary items below. This process should also be followed by medical students and any other visiting researcher to the Department of Health Care Management & Policy.

What to do before you come?

Melissa Pickering (Department Administrator) is a fundamental part of the organisation of the team. Prior to starting at the Department, it is important to send Melissa an email so she can help coordinate and keep an overview of this process ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Getting access:

  • Contract signing, email account and ID card. Melissa will arrange for you to be appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow during your time here. Prior to the start of your placement, Melissa will request an up to date C.V. and two external references from referees who will be contacted by our Human Resources Department who can testify to your suitability for appointment. Once you have received this appointment, the University will provide you with an email account and an I.D. card. HR contact is Sarah Leggett( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).
  • Out of hours access on ID card. Please contact Building & Facilities Manager: Michelle Rimmington if you wish to obtain out of hours access during your placement: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Accessing to the Clinical Informatics analytical secure server. We will arrange for you to have access to the appropriate databases which will provide a secure area to study and save data in-line with information governance. Melissa will send you a Request form which you will need to complete prior to starting.

Information Governance:

  • As we are working with patient data, one must always be aware of the importance of Information Governance. As such it is mandatory for all staff using the data to have passed the information governance tool kit. You will be asked to complete the mandatory modules (IG-Toolkit) below when you first start:
  1. Information Governance: The Beginner’s
  2. Patient Confidentiality
  3. Secure Transfers of Personal
  4. Information Security

……..But feel free to do as many as you like!

If you have any issues with the IG-Toolkit please email Senior Research Fellow Tom Chan ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Additionally certificates must be emailed to Tom Chan and Melissa Pickering so a record is kept on file.

Courses

  • The Surrey Informatics Summer School (SISS) and Surrey WinteR Statistics School (SWISS) courses are both excellent for an intensive introduction to medical statistics, clinical informatics and how to use R. An integral introduction prior to starting the FY2 research placement.

Additional information

  • Parking at the University. You can obtain parking permits (daily, weekly, monthly) from the Security office at Senate House as parking at the University is not free.

The Rewards!

Here are a few links the FY2 research post successes.

Andy McGovern Website – access Publication pages (http://www.mcgov.co.uk/)

  • McGovern A, Rusholme B, Jones S, van Vlyman JV, Liyanage H, Gallagher H, Tomson CR, Khunti K, Harris K, de Lusignan S. (2013)’Association of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and failure to monitor renal function with adverse outcomes in people with diabetes: A primary care cohort study’. 14 Edition.BMC Nephrology, 198 doi:10.1186/1471-2369-14-198. (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2369/14/198/abstract)
  • McGovern AP, Rafiq M, Munro NM, Butler LI, Jones DR, Jones S, Hinchcliffe R, de Lusignan S. (2013) -‘Peripheral Sensory Neuropathy is an Important Indicator of Mortality in People with Diabetes’. Chicago, IL, USA: American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions.