Laurie Springford, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow
I have joined evidENT as a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellow in Otorhinolaryngology. This fellowship provides the opportunity to divide my time between health research and training in ENT surgery within the London deanery. Within evidENT I am involved in multiple projects related to childhood obstructive sleep disordered-breathing (oSDB). Amongst these, I am currently working towards the standardisation of outcomes used in clinical trials and research in childhood oSDB. This involves systematic review of the literature and a consensus exercise between key stakeholders involved in the care of these children. Patient and public involvement is a cornerstone of this work and is supported by the NIHR UCL Biomedical Research Centre.
My prior experience looking at outcomes and developing evidence-based patient pathways established my interest in health policy, its evidence base and the cost-effectiveness of recommended treatment modalities within ENT surgery. My previous work has been widely referenced and incorporated into online resources: https://www.uptodate.com/contents/congenital-anomalies-of-the-intrathoracic-airways-and-tracheoesophageal-fistula
I hold a first-class honours degree in Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. Prior to securing my current appointment I underwent foundation training in North West Thames Foundation School and took up posts at Queen Victoria Hospital (UK) and Gold Coast University Hospital (Australia). My interest in health economics and policy has led to being awarded a place on the Executive Master’s in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the London School of Economics, which I am studying for whilst training as an ENT surgeon.