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Trainee GP awarded an Academic Clinical Fellowship shows outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine

East Lancashire GP trainee and Academic Clinical Fellow will take up a role as a part-time clinical tutor at Keele Medical School on completion of his training later this year, as well as maintaining his clinical work as a GP.

Dr Hassan Awan who is currently in his final year of GP training at Waterfoot Group of Doctors in Rossendale, has been awarded an Academic Clinical Fellowship because he has shown outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine. This involves him currently spending three quarters of his time undertaking specialist clinical training with the remainder undertaking research. To complement this, and in addition to his clinical training, Dr Awan is also studying for a Master’s degree in research at the University of Central Lancashire.

The post of clinical tutor at Keele Medical School will involve Dr Awan providing some face to face teaching as well as supporting and developing clinical teachers in the community, developing educational materials, assessing students’ knowledge and performance and supporting and mentoring students.

Dr Awan said: “I am grateful to have been given the opportunity by East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group to begin a career in academic general practice by taking up the academic clinical fellowship. The experience, which has allowed me to undertake my own research in a supported environment, has led to my decision to pursue a career in academic general practice. My aim is to develop expertise and focus within medical education, developing and nurturing the lantern-bearers of Medicine for future generations.”

Born and raised in Manchester, Dr Awan graduated in Medicine from Manchester University in 2011. With a special interest in mental health, the research he is undertaking is to improve the physical health of patients with mental health problems. The life expectancy of these patients is 15 years shorter than average life expectancy. He hopes to publish his research to inform other clinicians to make every contact count to improve the health of patients with mental illness by addressing lifestyle factors.

Professor Umesh Chauhan, GP and Clinical Research Lead at NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group and Mackenzie Chair of Primary Care Medicine at University of Central Lancashire said: “The opportunity for the CCG to develop the Academic Clinical Fellowship programme will allow us to drive up GP recruitment and help us retain highly motivated trainees, at a time of national shortage, and expand the skills and expertise of the future workforce needed to deal with the growing health needs of the local population.

“It will also help the CCG to establish strong links with academic institutions enabling primary care to be developed and strengthened through such partnerships.”