Trust physio awarded highly regarded Clinical Lectureship

Trust physio awarded highly regarded Clinical Lectureship
25 January 2016

A PERSISTENT pain specialist physiotherapist from the Trust has been awarded a much sought after Clinical Lectureship from Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Trust Physiotherapist Dr Deborah Antcliff (PhD) is currently based in the musculoskeletal out-patients physiotherapy department at Fairfield General Hospital.

This prestigious award will give Dr Antcliff an opportunity to undertake training to further develop her clinical and research skills, whilst undertaking a research study that has clear patient benefit.

Dr Antcliff’s Clinical Lectureship award will commence in June 2016 and the application process has taken her over a year to develop. This application was made up of a written paper, followed by an interview with a panel of highly esteemed researchers from across the country.

Her Clinical Lectureship will involve a 50:50 split of her time, between treating patients with chronic pain and fatigue, and with researching activities into the management of chronic pain and fatigue.

Dr Deborah Antcliff (PhD), persistent pain specialist physiotherapist at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“These competitive awards are highly prestigious and will help to raise the profile of physiotherapists as clinical academics, together with raising the profile of the Trust through leading an NIHR study.

“I feel honoured and overwhelmed to be successful in my application for the Clinical Lectureship. I am excited by the opportunity to work under the mentorship of a team of expert researchers in this field based across the universities of Leeds, Manchester and Huddersfield.”

Dr Steve Woby, Director of Research and Development (R&D) at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“This is an absolutely amazing achievement for Dr Antcliff, the physiotherapy department and The Pennine Acute Trust. These awards are incredibly tough to get and only the very highest quality applications receive funding. Dr Antcliff's initial work, which formed the basis of her PhD, was funded via the Trust R&D department and supported by the physiotherapy service. This investment and support has ultimately culminated, six years later, in this NIHR award. This is a fantastic achievement!”

Dr Antcliff completed her PhD in 2014 at the University of Manchester, funded by a research grant from the Pennine Acute Trust’s Research and Development Department.

She said: “Throughout my PhD I received fantastic support from the R&D Department and the physiotherapy departments at the Pennine Acute Trust. I have held a clinical post in the Trust for 13 years and I am delighted to help to promote the reputation of the Trust through collaborative working with higher educational institutes and to build capacity for further research within the Trust.”