Dr Surbhi Malhotra & Dr Chris Mullington


St Mary’s Hospital London/Imperial College London
Anaesthetic department
4th Floor QEQM building
Praed Street
London W2 1NY

Supervisor: Dr Surbhi Malhotra
0203 312 1248
0203 312 6360

Enquiries: Dr Chris Mullington

Duration: 12 months

Grade: Post fellowship registrar (ST 5,6,7 or SpR 3,4,5)


This Obstetric Anaesthesia Research Fellowship is aimed at Obstetric Anaesthetists who wish to pursue an interest in biomedical research. It is intended to provide the successful applicant with the basic attributes underpinning a career in Academic Anaesthesia.

The fellow will have 2.5 days per week protected research time during which they will have no clinical commitments. 1 day per week will be spent working in the MSk lab at Imperial College London on a neurophysiology project with relevance to Obstetric Anaesthesia (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/msklab/research/humanperformance/shiveringfollowingneuraxialblockade/). This unique collaboration with the Anaesthetic Department at St Mary’s will enable the fellow to gain experience working in world-class research facility where they will receive tuition from full-time academics in a range of generic and specific research techniques.

The remaining 1.5 days per week of research time will be spent in the Maternity Department at St Mary’s where the fellow will undertake a clinical research project of their choosing. During this time the fellow will be expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills developed in the laboratory by leading the project from start to finish.

At the end of the year the fellow will have gained the necessary experience to pursue a research interest as an independent practitioner and, although not a required outcome, it will provide them with a platform to undertake a higher degree in biomedical research.


This is not a clinical obstetric fellowship. For 1 day per week the successful applicant will provide anaesthesia with local supervision for a variety of elective and emergency lists at St Mary’s Hospital. In addition they will undertake a 1 in 7 resident on-call rota as a senior registrar with distant supervision. The out-of-hours work will include providing anaesthesia for emergency cases in theatre and anaesthetic support at trauma calls.


Maternity Services (http://www.imperial.nhs.uk/services/maternity/) at St Mary’s Hospital London is a busy department managing 4500 births per year many of which are maternal high risk cases. The labour ward has 8 individual birthing rooms, a 4 bed high dependency unit and 2 operating theatres. The department is actively involved in obstetric research and the clinical and midwifery teams are experienced in the practicalities of carrying out research alongside day to day clinical activity.

The MSk Lab (http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/msklab/) is based at Imperial College London’s Charing Cross Campus. It is a multidisciplinary laboratory investigating a diverse range of subjects within the musculoskeletal system. The fellow will have the opportunity to work in the Human Performance Group under the supervision of Dr Paul Strutton (Senior Lecturer in neurophysiology).

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