Two Deputy Clinical Directors for Research appointed at Liverpool University Hospitals

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) has appointed Dr Terry McLoughlin, A&E Consultant, and Dr Emily Clarke, Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine and HIV, as Co-Deputy Clinical Directors for Research.

Dr Mcloughlin and Dr Clarke were amongst the first to complete the Research Scholars Programme, a two-year training programme run by the Clinical Research Network; North West Coast (CRN NWC). 

The CRN NWC, which is hosted by LUHFT, comprises of 41 NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups and stretches across four counties from South Cheshire to South Cumbria. 

Each year the Research Scholars Programme takes on a new cohort of individuals who are looking to start a career within research. The programme is designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to become the Principal and Chief Investigators of the future.

Professor Terry Jones, Director of Research and Innovation at LUHFT, said: “These appointments are fantastic news for patients, who will ultimately benefit from the Trust’s increased focus on developing new medicines and treatments. I’m delighted that Dr McLoughlin and Dr Clarke will be supporting us as we embed a culture of research and innovation across our wards and departments.”

Dr McLoughlin said: “This is a brand-new role and, together with Dr Clarke, we want to support the directorate, engage more staff and ultimately increase the research output of what is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country.

“I started the Research Scholars Programme about three years ago, having just started as a new consultant. We had protected time for lectures every month and there were lots of activities which opened my eyes to how the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) supports clinicians in engaging in research and promoting the output of research. I was previously quite naïve to the potential you could have as a clinician in research.

“Because the scholarship allowed protected time, it didn’t impact my clinical role at all, I could maintain my clinical standards at work in the Emergency Department and that's what I hope to continue to do. I feel it’s a fundamental part of being a clinician. We have to try and see what’s over the horizon in each specialty and how we collaborate with other hospitals and other clinicians.”

Dr Clarke, who is now also the Associate Clinical Director of the Research Scholars Programme, said: “I am really excited to take up my new role. Research is important for delivering good patient care and by expanding our research offer to patients we can bring new treatments and investigations to them. Another major part of the role is to ensure we’re making research part of normal clinical care. By doing that, we should hopefully increase the amount of clinical staff involved in research and this will mean that more patients have the opportunity to take part in research.

“A key component of the programme was the mentoring and peer support we received from senior researchers, which was invaluable to not just my research career but to my clinical work too. When I started the programme I was a really new consultant, I’d moved across the country and didn’t really have any idea about what was going on locally, so starting the programme really helped me get going and developed me as a consultant.”

Professor Enitan Carrol, Clinical Director of the Network, said: “We at the Clinical Research Network; North West Coast were delighted to learn of the appointment of Dr Emily Clarke and Dr Terry McLoughlin as Deputy Medical Co-Directors for Research Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Emily was part of our inaugural cohort, and Terry was part of cohort two. The Research Scholars Programme is designed to develop research capacity in NHS clinicians and, in taking up these prestigious positions within a large teaching hospital, they will in turn help to develop research capacity within LUHFT. We know they will continue to support increased participation of patients in research, and evidence generation to transform patient care. We wish them both well in their new roles.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the Research Scholars Programme, email crnnwcoast@nihr.ac.uk.  

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