Research Fellow (Part Time)
Queen's University Belfast
Research Fellow (Part Time)
Centre for Public Health
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
The post will involve working closely with Dr Ruth Hogg and Professor Michael Donnelly on the Monitoring for neovascular age-related Macular Degeneration Reactivation at Home (MONARCH) Trial. Wet AMD is the commonest cause of blindness in the UK. It involves new vessels growing and leaking at the back of the eye. Recent treatments for wet AMD have led to a significant reduction in the number of wet AMD patients being registered blind. However, providing prompt access to clinics for regular surveillance and treatment has proved a major challenge for the NHS. Most patients need a series of monthly injections followed by a period of regular check-up visits in case more injections are required. AMD can often flare up after a period when treatment has not been required so check-ups are usually needed for several years. Home monitoring to detect the need for treatment could mean that patients would not need regular hospital check-ups, allowing HES clinic appointments to be kept for patients likely to require treatment. The main aim of the MONARCH study is to find out whether several home monitoring tests (both paper based and on a tablet computer) can detect when wet AMD needs to be treated as well as the surveillance tests currently carried out at hospital checkups.
Four hundred existing patients having treatment or check-ups at any of 5 hospitals (Belfast, Moorfields, Southampton, Liverpool, Great Yarmouth) will be invited to take part. The postdoctoral fellow will be based in Belfast but will be involved initially in the set-up of the tests and training of the personnel at the other sites. They will also be heavily involved in the qualitative component of the study which aims to assess the acceptability of the interventions to both patients and their carers. A sample of patients and their carers will be interviewed to find out their experiences of performing the tests, focusing on the difficulties experienced and what could be done to make the home tests more acceptable.
This post is available for 40 months working 0.6 FTE, i.e. 22.2 hours per week.
Anticipated interview date: Monday 9 October 2017
Starting salary: £32,548 per annum pro rata
Closing date: Monday 18 September 2017
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