Clinical Innovation Fellow

University of Glasgow

Salary range: Commensurate with existing NHS salary

The contract will be a fixed term 1 year appointment. The role will be split with 50% of the time dedicated to DHVL activities, 20% to PG Cert and 30% clinical.

Job Purpose

The Clinical Innovation Fellow (CIF) is a core member of the Digital Health Validation Lab (DHVL) team as well as the relevant clinical team based on the QEUH Campus.

The postholder will play an integral role in DHVL activities which will focus on validating a range of digital health technologies in collaboration with academic and industry partners. This will include facilitating access to appropriate clinical expertise, helping formulate research protocols and successful delivery of projects across a range of clinical areas. The CIF will also be expected to engage with relevant Research and Innovation personnel to ensure successful delivery from projection inception to final reporting. The CIF will be supported by the DHVL operations team and will report to the senior project manager and academic PI.

Areas of current projects for example are

–         Artificial intelligence for imaging interpretation

–         Medical technologies for stroke characterization

–         Surgical planning using 3D printing

–         Case finding and optimization of risk stratification in Diabetes

–         Seizure pathway using digital tools

You will also continue to undertake clinical activities in one of the areas of Emergency and Trauma, Orthopaedic or Paediatric care. You will play a fundamental role in the clinical team gaining experience in all aspects of the selected departments care pathways. The relevant clinical department will train you, develop your clinical skills and knowledge and help you achieve your future career goals. You will take part in a relevant education programme which will provide you with the core teaching and supervision similar to that of a clinical fellow / junior doctor rota.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The CIF will be responsible for the clinical project management and delivery of validations and will report on progress and deliver final reports to the DHVL operations team. The post-holder will also liaise with the study teams which will consist of companies or research groups. The CIF will take an active role in the public patient involvement and engagement PPIE activities of the DHVL and will be encouraged and supported to deliver innovative and effective patient and public engagement activities. They will be supported by the DHVL team and have academic mentor identified.

1.       Gain a comprehensive understanding of clinical workflow that the digital health technology is expected to operate within.

2.       Proactively engage with clinical teams from a range of disciplines that are involved in validations and be the first point of contact for clinicians and volunteers.

3.       Develop clinical studies working with R&I teams to develop protocol, gain approvals (including ethics) and initiate study.

4.       Manage the recruitment of volunteers for trials and proactively work on measures to improve recruitment..

5.       Consult with experts when required to progress validations e.g. statisticians, health economists, DHVL operation team members etc.

6.       Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team meetings/discussions and DHVL group activities.

7.       Maintain accurate records and support the recording, monitoring and evaluation processes of the DHVL.

8.       Prepare summary reports and present study results to the operations team, clinicians, researchers, innovators and wider audiences as required, highlighting DHVL activities and enhancing the lab’s profile.

9.       Support patient and public engagement activities.

10.    As a key member of the DHVL team, provide information that would support funding reports and presentations and present progress and updates to meetings with funders as required.

11.    Undertake clinical work under an NHS honorary contract as detailed below.

The Fellow will be encouraged to register for a higher degree (MD or PhD) as potential progression of the post.



A1 MBChB or equivalent

A2 Applicants should have achieved foundation level competencies and have worked for at least 6 months within the NHS and be at IMT3 or ST1 level

A3 Full registration with General Medical Council & License to Practice

A4 Knowledge of UK clinical research legal and regulatory requirements

A5 Completed Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

A6 Knowledge of and understanding the NHS GGC R&D processes


B1 Post graduate examination ie MCRP / MRCEM / MRCS

B2 Peer reviewed publication



C1 Demonstrable skills and ability to communicate with senior clinicians from different disciplines and other stakeholders from different backgrounds easily and effectively and obtain positive engagement.

C2 Excellent presentation and communication skills, both orally and in writing.

C3 Excellent organizational and co-ordination skills including the ability to manage projects.

C4 Excellent interpersonal, teamworking and negotiating skills.

C5 Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

C6 Evidence of ability to work collegially with other disciplines/professionals to achieve a common goal.

C7 Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as within a team with appropriate guidance, as required.

C8 Ability to plan, manage and prioritise workload.

C9 Ability to cope under pressure while maintaining a high level of accuracy.

C10 Good IT skills (e.g., database, spreadsheet, presentation software).

C11 Approachable, inspiring, empowering, collaborative, adaptive.


D1 Distinctions or prizes during undergraduate or postgraduate training.

D2 Previous research experience.

D3 Previous oral or poster presentations at national or international conferences.

D4 Critical reading and writing skills including analysis, synthesis and interpretation of results.



E1 Clinical experience in General (Internal) Medicine or related specialties equivalent to IMT3 or higher

E2 Broad interest in academic medicine and awareness of ethical issues.

E3 Experience in recruiting for clinical trials or clinical studies.

E4 Practical experience in writing and submitting ethics applications, presenting ethics applications to ethics committees, submitting revisions and obtaining approvals.

E5 An understanding of public patient involvement and engagement (PPIE) in research.

E6 Previous experience in design and/or delivery of clinical education

E7 Evidence of engagement in quality improvement and audit

E8 Evidence of engagement with research

E9 Experience of working in the NHS for at least 12 months

E10 Experience of working within a clinical multidisciplinary team (MDT)


F1 Experience of working in the QEUH Glasgow

F2 Experience in recruiting for clinical trials or clinical studies

F3 Practical experience in writing and submitting ethics applications, presenting ethics applications to ethics committees, submitting revisions and obtaining approvals

Clinical Experience 

Clinical duties will be commensurate with the postholder’s existing clinical grade and be performed under an Honorary contract with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Job Background

The Living Laboratory brings together a collaboration of partners to address the biggest challenge currently facing precision medicine: the safe and effective adoption of healthcare innovations into clinical practice for the benefit of patients.

Providing a collaborative and dynamic environment, within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, the Living Laboratory, through seven exemplar projects, facilitates the co-development of ideas and innovations between industry, academia and healthcare. It will include technology that has the potential to improve patient outcomes, novel mechanisms that provide innovations that can deliver workflow optimisation within the NHS, support companies to develop and commercialise healthcare technology and make the site an attractive location for new precision medicine industries to locate all or part of their operations in Govan and Glasgow, creating new jobs, skills development opportunities and stimulating economic growth. The ultimate aim is to create mechanisms that facilitate the eventual adoption of precision medicine technology into clinical practice.

One of the seven exemplar projects is the Digital Health Validation Lab (DHVL) The labs primary goal is to provide stakeholders in Digital Health technology a means to validated its developments to ensure they are safe, clinically effective and economically viable. The lab will deliver specialised space that allows digital health developers to assess their products along the entire development pathway, from determining feasibility and value of a product idea through to testing the safety and efficacy of a completed product.

The Digital Health Validation Lab offers a cooperative environment where industry, innovators and start-ups can securely access clinical resources and data, integrated within NHS systems to test and validate their innovations – at whatever stage their technologies are. The proximity with the QEUH enables new technologies to be trialled in clinical practice alongside existing technologies to establish relative effectiveness and accelerate their route to clinical adoption and to market.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be commensurate with existing NHS salary.

The post may carry an additional entitlement depending on “on call” responsibilities. This is paid under a separate arrangement with the NHS for which the University acts as paymaster only.

This post is fixed term for 12 months. The role will be split with 50% of the time dedicated to DHVL activities, 20% to PG Cert and 30% clinical.

Members of staff are normally eligible to contribute to the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme (USS) and on appointment shall be deemed to be in membership of the scheme and contributions deducted accordingly, unless the University is advised in writing prior to the commencement of employment of a wish not to join.” Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. It may be possible, if the relevant NHS Superannuation Scheme Criteria are met, for appointees to remain in the NHS Superannuation Scheme while in this post.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme The post for which you are applying is considered ‘registered work’ in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme member prior to appointment. This check is necessary to ensure that the University of Glasgow fulfils its legal duties under the Act. If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Further information is available at: Please note it is a criminal offence to apply for a child care position if you are on the Disqualified From Working with Children List.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity. As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community here

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