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Research Fellow


Welcome to Cardiff's Adult Critical Care unit. I'm Matt Morgan, your supervisor for this fellowship. I am one of the critical care consultants with an interest in research, public engagement and writing.

"Medicine is the most humane of sciences and the most scientific of humanities." - Edmund Pellegrino.

We are delighted you have chosen to spend time with us working in a big, busy tertiary unit and help lead critical care research. We are passionate that research should be a fundamental care of high-quality critical care and want you to help us spread this message.

It has been shown that patients in clinical trials have a higher survival rate that those not in trials, even if they are in the control arm. Units that do research have better outcomes than those that do not. Hospitals that do research have better outcomes that those that do not. Fostering research fosters good relationships between specialities, and leads to better staff satisfaction with better recruitment and retainment rates. If research were a pill, the number needed to treat may be lower than many other medical interventions we deliver to patients every day.


  • How do I arrange an initial meeting?

It would be great to meet within the first two weeks of you starting. Monday's around 11am or 2pm in my office above are generally a good times. Please email me to arrange a meeting with at least three dates. Can you also include in your email a little about you, where you trained, what you have done before and what you enjoy most. Bring some ideas along to our meeting about what you want to get out of your time with us. We will meet again halfway through your placement and once at the end.


  • Who will I be working with?

Meet our staff here. There is a research team section with all our current staff and the key contacts you will likely work with most are:

Matt Wise, Associate Medical Directors for research.

Jade Cole, lead critical care research nurse,

Helen Hill, lead for critical care research governance,

Matt Morgan, lead for critical care research,, 07760 220095.

Rhys Davies, lead for critical care research education,


  • What will I get out of my year?

Our ICU is a big, busy unit with complex patients. You will have excellent supervision with a consultant on-site every hour of every day.

We are here to support you and your interests. We will chat through the plans in our initial meeting but there here are the general requirements for the next year. We have designed this specially to give you a great but supported introduction to critical care research.

It is of course flexible so please let me know if there are areas which you would like to explore in more depth. It is your responsibility to manage your time and arrange the items on the list but please let me know if there are any issues. More resources here.


Objectives:  How
Understand the importance of research as a tool to improve patient care, staff recruitment/retention and system improvements. GCP online course
5 x multi-source feedback forms
Attend teaching programme
Help with the stages of clinical trial research from protocol design, funding, ethics application, site delivery, safety reporting, analysis and dissemination. HCRW online course
Visit the Clinical Research Facility
Join NIHR Associate PI Scheme
Help with deferred emergency consent and understand the ethical framework that underpins this. Attend a Research Ethics Meeting
Help with > 5 consents
Help the process of screening, recruitment, intervention, safety reporting and follow-up in critical care research trials. Help with > 1 safety report
Help with > 5 follow-up visits
Help research become integrated into clinical care and see how it impacts on patient care. Run > 3 update sessions for staff
Attend the UK CCRF
  • What about conferences and study leave?

We would love you to attend conferences in the UK and overseas. We have doubled the normal study leave so you have £1,200 per year to spend. However, if there are papers or poster that you have worked hard on accepted we will do all we can to provide additional support.

  • What will my week look like?

Mark Raper ( runs the clinical rota. He will try to keep Mondays free from clinical commitments but this will not always be possible.

You are responsible for managing your own time but plan for 1-2 days research per week. A Monday and Wednesday would likely be best for this. I would like to meet with you every second Monday to make sure all is going well.


Monday Research day / Research team meeting 1230
Tuesday -
Wednesday Journal club (Matt Morgan week 1 / you week 2)
Thursday -
Friday -
Saturday -
Sunday -


  • How can I arrange to shadow the critical care research team?

Get in touch with Rhys Davies who is the lead critical research nurse for education.


  • What projects will I help with?

There are always a large range of active research projects ranging from quality improvement cycles to major research studies. The ones active right now you could help with include:

    • For quality improvement project go here.
    • Help a Cardiff University mathematics PhD student with predicting critical illness.
    • Work with a sepsis immunology project.
    • Help with a project looking at how easy it is for patients to understand research information sheets.
    • Develop an online research course for the ICU.
    • Think about writing an opinion piece for a journal such as the BMJ about something you are passionate about. Some further free tips for writing are here.
  • What about assessments?

There are no specific numbers of assessments needed for this placement. However, I would like you to have done at least one multisource feedback process as outlined in the objectives above.

  • How should I manage night shifts?

Critical illness doesn't work only 9-5. We need to care for people and their families no matter the time of day or night. This can be tough and people adapt very differently to shift work at night. The key is to stay safe and to keep your patients safe. To do this, rest is important and we encourage it at times that appropriate working together with the team. Some really important tips about night time working are here.

  • Anything else I should think about or read?

Here is a short article that outlines the ethos of our unit. There are some great books and documentaries about critical illness. If you are a reader, have a look at the list of books here that I will add to. There is a wonderful documentary called "Between Life and Death" here.

  • Where do I find help?

I will be your supervisor during your time with us. Although you may be new to critical care, Cardiff and the hospital, help is always at hand. If you ever want to talk about clinical or non-clinical issues, just get in touch with me in person, by email or on 07760 220095. My office is in the "Peter Grey" office area, 3rd floor, C block with my name on the door.

Opening Hours

Mon – Sun – Booked visiting to low-risk areas only.
Call : 02921 840998 between 08:30-15:45 Mon-Fri to book