The RCP is now offering three fully funded 1-year obesity fellowships. The fellowships will be hosted by NHS Trusts that provide specialist weight management services and will provide the obesity fellows with a broad range of training in obesity medicine to enable them to become leaders in obesity medicine. Funding is available to cover salaries up to grade ST-8 (£58,398), plus £2,000 for study leave, for each 1-year fellowship.
Purpose of the role
Obesity is a complex multifactorial disease that causes significant morbidity and mortality. However, there is a lack of structured obesity medicine training in current medical specialties training curricula.
The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) review identified an inconsistency of obesity services across country and recommended that trusts should establish new weight management services to reduce disparities.
Successful applicants will spend one year in an NHS trust that has a dedicated specialist weight management service that has been recognised by the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) as a centre for obesity management.
NHS Trusts that offer specialist weight management services with a track record of training:
- Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
- University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
- King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
- Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
- University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Obesity fellows will receive training in undertaking clinical trials in people with obesity, potentially enabling them to participate in as principal investigators in future trials. Funding will be provided for ASO membership, a leadership course and to attend an international obesity conference. In addition, obesity fellows will:
- be employed by the NHS trust and have a named local physician responsible for their training
- gain knowledge and practical clinical experience of managing people with severe obesity
- receive training in undertaking clinical trials in people with obesity
- be expected to be involved in initiatives aimed at training other healthcare professionals regarding the complexities of obesity
- advocate for eliminating weight stigma.
Obesity fellows will gain knowledge and extensive experience in obesity medicine and lead the establishment of new weight management services enabling them to deliver high quality patient care. They will provide training in obesity medicine to medical students, post-graduate students and other healthcare professionals as well as be able to provide local clinical expertise to their trusts, CCGs/ICS and regions.
Successful applicants will need to submit a brief report to the RCP at the 3- and 6-month stages, a full report after 12 months and further follow-up reports at 24- and 36-months regarding longer-term impact. Obesity fellows will need to attend an annual in-person meeting at the RCP. Some travel will be required to attend a leadership course and to attend an international obesity conference.
Obesity fellows will be supervised by the obesity lead within the NHS Trust. Oversight will also be provided by the RCP and funding for the programme will sit within the office of the registrar, Professor Cathryn Edwards. Day-to-day oversight of the programme will be provided by the RCP’s Advisory Group on Nutrition, Weight and Health, chaired by Professor Rachel Batterham.
How to apply
Applicants must be a member of the RCP in good standing, and be pre-CCT. Applicants from all medical specialties are invited to apply. Applicants are responsible for acquiring approval from their postgraduate dean to go out of programme.
SAS doctors, those already out of programme, or those in a numbered training post are also welcome to apply.
Applications will be assessed by a panel of 3 consultant obesity physicians including an RCP rep.
To apply, please submit your letter of application and a copy of your CV to [email protected] by 11.59pm, 10 November 2022. Please do not send any additional information as the panel will only review your CV and application letter.
The interviews will take place on 30 November 2022 and will be held virtually.
Relationship to Novo Nordisk
The fellowship obesity programme has been created by the RCP and has been funded by a grant from Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk has not influenced the programme arrangements and will not be involved in the selection of fellows.
Novo Nordisk will have:
- Access to brief reports written by the successful applicant at 3- and 6-month stages, as well as the full report written at 12 months; and
- Access to follow-up reports written by the candidate at 24- and 36- months, discussing longer-term impact.0