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Two SPCR trainees are selected every year to join the cohort of trainees across the NIHR on individually designed early career placements to establish future research collaboration.

Daniel Stow (left) and Jemima Dooley (right)

This year, Doctoral student Daniel Stow (Newcastle's Institute of Ageing) and post-doc Launching Fellow Jemima Dooley (Centre for Primary Care at the University of Bristol) successfully secured funding to enable their placements.

Daniel will visit the Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London, for four weeks in June. "I will lead and collaborate on analysis of data collected by the institute. I will explore the needs of older adults with frailty but without a recognizable end of life care diagnosis, and the interaction between frailty and other terminal diagnoses in end of life care.

During my visit I hope to learn about the work being carried out by experts in end of life and palliative care based at the Institute, and build relationships for longer term collaboration. I also plan to deliver a seminar discussing the work I have carried out as part of my NIHR SPCR PhD studentship, which focusses on people with frailty nearing end of life.”

Developing my knowledge of implementation will be a great advantage to my research plans in primary care, ensuring that my research not only identifies best practice but can effect appropriate changes within health services"
- Dr Jemima Dooley

Jemima Dooley will be collaborating with Dr Iain Lang, the Implementation Lead for PenCLAHRC in Exeter, to learn how he and his research group approach dementia research with an implementation focus. "I will take two modules of the Health Services Improvement PGCert to provide a structured understanding of the theories behind implementation research. Developing my knowledge of implementation will be a great advantage to my research plans in primary care, ensuring that my research not only identifies best practice but can effect appropriate changes within health services."

Jemima's NIHR SPCR fellowship project explores decision making for people with dementia in urgent primary care, with the aim to develop guidance for clinicians, patients, families and professional carers.