Find the right mentor in Emergency Care Research: The NIHR Incubator is here to help
A career in Emergency Care where you spend at least part of your working life doing research has lots of great advantages. It’s very fulfilling to know that you have the chance to work on the advances that could improve the future health and emergency healthcare of our patients for many years to come. It also makes working in this intense field more sustainable.
In a field where there isn’t a big critical mass of senior clinical academics, one of the biggest challenges can be finding the best mentorship to help you to succeed in pursuing this career. Good mentorship is crucial if you’re going to be successful in developing an academic career. We all need advice from people who’ve got the experience of walking down the road you’re setting off on.
Sometimes, the opportunities for the best mentorship involve working with those mentors, wherever they may be. However, not everyone is geographically mobile and has the option to move. This is where we hope that the NIHR Incubator for Emergency Care may be able to help. We offer access to a national database of potential mentors. If you’re looking to build an academic career in this field, you may wish to browse our database to see if there’s a mentor whose research experience matches well with your own aspirations. All of the mentors listed here have consented to post their profile online at the incubator website. If you’d like to approach them about mentorship, you can contact the NIHR Academy and we will put you in touch.
Doctor Ceri Battle
Ceri is a Consultant Physiotherapist and Honorary Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine Research, in Swansea.
Her main research interest are chest trauma, trauma outcomes / prognostication and she is the chief investigator on the STUMBL and ELECT trials. She has published over 60 papers and presented internationally on her trauma research.
Professor Jonathan Benger
Professor of Emergency Care at the University of the West of England, he leads the Emergency Care Research Theme and Academic Department of Emergency Care. Jonathan is also a NHS Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Care. In 2013 he was appointed National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, and since November 2019 he has been the interim Chief Medical Officer of NHS Digital. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator and has been the lead applicant on 18 successful research grant applications, with a total value of £3.8 million
Emergency and pre-hospital care, service organization and delivery, workforce and design research.
Professor Rick Body
Rick works as a professor in emergency medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant in emergency medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, and chairs the NIHR Incubator for Emergency Care. He leads Integrated Academic Training for Emergency Medicine in Manchester. He directs the Diagnostics and Technology Accelerator. He has supervised three PhDs to completion and is currently supervising six PhDs. He is the Deputy National Specialty Lead for Trauma & Emergency Care at the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
Cardiac biomarkers, clinical prediction models, diagnostic test accuracy studies, clinical trials, decision analysis and the evaluation of new medical technology.
Professor Tim Coats
In Leeds and London, Tim developing a particular interest in pre-hospital trauma care. He trained in pre-hospital care with the London Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Following appointment at Barts and The London in 1996 with consultant responsibility for the London HEMS service, he moved to the University of Leicester as Professor of Emergency Medicine. He is a past Chair of the College of Emergency Medicine Research Committee, past Chair of the NIHR National Specialist Group for Injuries and Emergencies, and currently Chairs TARN
Changes in coagulation following injury, artificial intelligence in healthcare ‘big data’ applications, and non-invasive monitoring in the diagnosis of sepsis in emergency care
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Dr Alasdair Corfield
Alasdair trained as an Emergency Physician in Scotland & Australia and has an interest in critical care in Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Care settings. He currently works as an Emergency Medicine Consultant and as a Consultant in Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine with ScotSTAR, delivering critical care transport with the Scottish Ambulance Service.
His research interests are in trauma care, sepsis, early warning scores and public health aspects of emergency care. In a broader context, he continues to be involved in global health initiatives in these research areas.
Professor Steve Goodacre
Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sheffield, Consultant at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. He is Deputy Director of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme and Chair of the NIHR HTA Commissioning Funding Committee.
Organisation of emergency care, economic analysis, clinical trials in emergency medicine and developing evaluation methods for emergency care. His major research projects include the 3Mg trial, the RATPAC trial, the DiPEP study and evaluation of the UK National Infarct Angioplasty Pilots. He is also a Senior Associate Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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Professor Heather Jarman
Heather is a Clinical Academic working in emergency care with a professional background in nursing.
My research interest is in applied health research, in particular in older people and the use of qualitative methods to understand patients’ and carers’ experiences. I am able to support those wanting advice on developing a clinical academic role or to novice researchers wishing to gain experience in emergency care research. I am particular keen to engage with NMAHP researchers who work in areas where they may not have any other clinical academics to provide advice and mentorship.
Dr Liz Keating
Liz is a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine.
As well as running NIHR Trauma and Emergency Care portfolio studies I have a research interest in pain management in the ED, biomarkers for acute kidney injury and mental health research. I also have been involved in qualitative research and am a strong supporter of experience based co-design as a vehicle for change.
Dr Mark Little
Mark is a Paediatric EM Consultant and Senior Research Fellow based in Bristol. In research life he is a member of the Emergency Care Theme led by Professor Benger in the University of the West of England. He was the inaugural Chair of Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK & Ireland (PERUKI), and consequently has a broad range of PEM research interests having provided leadership on several randomised controlled trials.
His research topics of particular interest are childhood traumatic brain injury, acute asthma, and status epilepticus.
Dr Robin Marlow
I am a Paediatric Emergency consultant at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children with an interest in Paediatric Infectious disease particularly those that are vaccine preventable. My PhD assessed the cost effectiveness of the Rotavirus vaccine in the UK.
My current research studies are aiming to gather data to help decide if the UK should use the varicella vaccine. I have a love of big data – particularly the analysis of Hospital Episode Statistics. I have also been involved in the design, set up and delivery of several RCTs of new vaccines in children.
Professor Suzanne Mason
Suzanne qualified in medicine from London University. She pursued her training in surgery and then specialised in Emergency Medicine. She spent a year as a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow and joined Sheffield University as a Senior Clinical Lecturer in 2001 and was promoted to Reader in 2007 and Personal Chair in 2010. She divides her time between the university and as a consultant at the Barnsley Hospital Trust.
Evaluating complex interventions in emergency and urgent care, the use of routine patient data to evaluate and model the Emergency and Urgent care System, identifying better ways to manage demand and improve outcomes in urgent and emergency care.
Dr Virginia Newcombe
Virginia is a dual trained in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care and works at Addenbrookes Hospital. Since 2014 she has held a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from the Academy of Medical Sciences and The Health Foundation She is also a RCEM Associate Professor and is Academic Lead for EM at the University of Cambridge.
Traumatic brain injury. The use of magnetic resonance imaging and CT as biomarkers in neurological illness. She is currently involved in analysing data from CENTER-TBIa large European cohort study investigating the additive value of imaging to prognostic models. Other areas of research include subarachnoid haemorrhage, use of blood biomarkers and inflammation after TBI.
Professor Tom Quinn
CCU nurse with experience at the bedside, in ambulance services and in Government policy and research in emergency cardiovascular care, particularly in the prehospital setting. Chief or co-investigator on BHF and NIHR studies including PHECG2 (BHF, Chief Investigator) and PARAMEDIC, PARAMEDIC-2 (Co-Investigator). Currently supervise 3 paramedics undertaking PhDs and mentor several others at Master’s and post-doctoral levels.
My research focuses on acutely ill cardiovascular patients – heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke.
Professor Matthew Reed
Matt is RCEM Professor of Emergency Medicine, Consultant and NRS Fellow at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He is also Honorary Reader with Acute Care Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh, a member of the RCEM Research and Publication Committee, RCEM research grant lead, a member of the European Society of Cardiology Syncope Task Force and immediate past chair of the Scottish Transfusion and Support in Trauma Group.
Matt’s research work focuses on syncope and the use of novel ambulatory monitoring technology in syncope, pre-syncope and palpitations. He has published 90 papers and personally been awarded over £1 million in research grants. Matt is also leading the EMERGE Biobank project
Dr Damien Roland
Damien is an Honorary Associate Professor in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and heads the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) group at the University of Leicester.
Scoring Systems, Decision Making, Educational Evaluation, Simulation, Knowledge Translation via Social Media
Professor Jason Smith
Jason Smith has been a consultant in EM at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK since 2005. He has been the UK Defence Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Academic Department of Military Emergency Medicine, since 2014. He is an Honorary Professor at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, and is currently chair of the RCEM Research Committee.
Management of pain in emergency patients, the management of major trauma, and the conduct of clinical trials in emergency medicine. He has supervised two PhD students to completion, with a further two underway. He is the lead clinical mentor on the Urgent and Emergency Care BSc Programme run by the University of Plymouth.
Dr Thomas Waterfield
I am an emergency paediatrician and researcher at Queen’s University Belfast
My interests are around the diagnosis of sepsis and serious infections in children. Including the development and validation of clinical practice guidelines, the role of existing and novel biomarkers and the role of the transcriptome and microbiome in predicting severity of disease.
I also have an interest in trial methodology especially relating to the conduct of emergency paediatric research.
Professor Julia Williams
Julia has been developing higher education programmes since 1996. As Head of Research for the College of Paramedics, she is committed to increasing capacity and capability of Paramedics within clinical research. She has been involved in research studies relevant to the delivery of unscheduled, urgent and emergency care. She is a Professor of Paramedic Science at the University of Hertfordshire, and works for South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. She works clinically as a Paramedic which maintains clinical competence and enhances the currency of her clinical research.
Paramedic research, Out-of-hospital unscheduled urgent care, street homelessness and health and Education for the allied health professions.
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Dr Darryl Wood
Darryl currently works as an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Queens Hospital, London. He is the North Thames Specialty lead for the NIHR CRN in Trauma and Emergency Care. Darryl is a senior lecturer at Queen Mary University London and module lead on the Resuscitation and Emergency care MSc. He is also a Speciality College Tutor.
His current research interests are Point if Care Ultrasound, Triage and AI, Snakebite and resuscitation