The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.
Within the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, many of our senior staff hold Honorary Contracts with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. These staff work in specialised areas of medicine including Acute Stroke, Cardiology, Clinical Genetics, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geratology, Haematology, Oncology, and Pathology. They are actively involved in patient care, often leading specialist services, and are uniquely placed to translate their laboratory research into the clinical setting, ‘translational research’. This is facilitated through the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), a partnership between the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford, which is funded by the NIHR. The BRC supports translational research and innovation with the aim of improving healthcare for patients. In August 2011 Oxford BRC funded researchers were recognised for their outstanding contribution to healthcare research by the NIHR by being awarded £95m to support translational research. Several senior staff in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine are theme leaders within the BRC.
Teaching and training of medical students is an important component of the work of our senior staff. The Department hopes that the involvement of leading experts who run prominent research programmes will provide Oxford’s clinical students with the scientific basis, and the role models, to encourage some to develop their own clinical academic careers.