CL in Paediatrics
Dr Simon Drysdale (2015)
Pathway to a Clinical Lectureship
I got interested in research, having undertaken an intercalated BSc as part of my medical degree and qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 2003.
I then took time out of clinical training to undertake a PhD at King’s College London from 2008-2011 investigating the impact of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other respiratory viruses on prematurely born infants.
I am currently an NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in paediatric infection and immunology working in the Oxford Vaccine Group (OVG) at the University of Oxford and the Children’s Hospital Oxford.
What does the work involve?
My time is split between clinical work, teaching and research.
Clinical work consists of helping to provide a consult service for paediatric infectious diseases and immunology at the Children’s Hospital Oxford and for the surrounding hospitals.
My academic work focuses on the epidemiology, health economics and management of RSV and other respiratory viruses. I am currently involved in two clinical trials of medicines to treat RSV infection as well as applying for funding for other studies. In addition, I have an interest an antimicrobial stewardship.
I also help provide teaching to Oxford medical students as they rotate through paediatrics, and regularly give tutorials and lectures on general paediatric topics.
Given that a CL post allows the integration of clinical and research work, I have the opportunity to try to make a difference with research to the care patients receive. The role of teaching also allows some role for shaping future doctors.
However, a CL post also has its challenges. The main difficulty is trying to find time to juggle the different elements of the post. Nevertheless, it is a thoroughly rewarding job and worth the extra effort.
I chose to come to Oxford as it is one of the best universities in the world. It is also a fantastic place to work and learn, and the Oxford Vaccine Group, where I’m based, is a world renowned centre with a focus on RSV and other paediatric infections. In addition, the Children’s Hospital Oxford is one of the few centres providing training in clinical paediatric infectious diseases and immunology in the UK.