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Miss Shelley Potter

Miss Shelley Potter

Miss Shelley Potter
BSc (Hons), M.B.Ch.B.(Hons), PhD, FHEA, FRCS

Cons Senior Lecturer in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery & NIHR Clinician Scientist

Office 2.14
Canynge Hall,
39 Whatley Road, Bristol BS8 2PS
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Summary

My main research interest is improving outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer.    

My PhD work used systematic reviews and qualitative work to determine the need for and feasibility of randomised clinical trials in breast reconstruction.  A series of systematic reviews demonstrated a paucity of high-quality evidence of the effectiveness of BR and highlighted the need for well-designed pragmatic multicentre RCTs and prospective cohort studies with standardised outcomes to provide evidence to inform decision-making for reconstructive surgery.  Qualitative work suggested that well-designed trials may be possible but a lack of understanding of trial methodology and the need for RCTs emerged as a major barrier to the acceptance of RCTs among the surgical community.  

As a Clinical Lecturer, I led the BRAVO (Breast Reconstruction and Valid Outcomes) Study which developed a core outcome set for reconstructive breast surgery funded by an Academy of Medical Sciences Clinical Lecturer Starter Grant and I co-led the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funded iBRA (Implant Breast Reconstruction evAluation) study, a prospective multicentre cohort study to inform the feasibility, design and conduct of a pragmatic RCT comparing different approaches to implant-based breast reconstruction.  I also led a number of large trainee collaborative projects in oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery including iBRA-2 which explored the impact of immediate breast reconstruction on time to adjuvant therapy and TeaM (funded by the Association of Breast Surgery) which aimed to determine the practice and short term outcomes of therapeutic mammaplasty.

I completed a highly prestigious Training Interface Group National Oncoplastic Fellowship in Liverpool where I learned a range of reconstructive and oncoplastic techniques and achieved my Certificate of Completion of Training in July 2017.

I am currently an NIHR Clinician Scientist and Consultant Senior Lecturer in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and divide my time between the University and the Bristol Breast Care Centre at North Bristol NHS Trust where I aim to provide high quality, evidence-based patient care.

 

 

 

 

 

Biography

I attended Medical School at Bristol University and intercalated gaining a First Class Honours degree in Molecular and Cellular Pathology.  I graduated in 2001 with Honours and completed my house jobs and basic surgical training in Bristol.  I spent a year in the Breast Unit at North Bristol NHS Trust which inspired me to pursue a career in breast surgery.

I took time out to undertake a PhD investigating the feasibility of clinical trials in breast reconstruction in the School of Social and Community Medicine before returning to full-time clinical work on the Severn Deanery Higher Surgical Training rotation. Following the successful award of my PhD, I was appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in the Bristol Centre for Surgical Research.

Since then, I have been awarded funding from the Academy of Medical Sciences for the BRAVO (Breast Reconstruction and Valid Outcomes) Study to develop a core outcome set for reconstructive surgery and from the NIHR Research from Patient Benefit Programme for the iBRA (implant Breast Reconstruction evAluation) Study which aims to determine the feasibility, design and conduct of an RCT in implant-based breast reconstruction using a trainee collaborative model.  I also led a number of additional large trainee collaborative projects including iBRA-2 which aimed to explore the impact of immediate breast reconstruction on time to adjuvant therapies and the Association of Breast Surgery funded TeaM (therapeutic mammaplasty) Study.

I was awarded a highly prestigious National Training Interface Group Oncoplastic Fellowship and spent a year in Liverpool where I learned a range of oncoplastic and reconstructive techniques. I received my Certificate of Completion of Training in 2017.

I returned to Bristol as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and NIHR Clinician Scientist in July 2017. I currently divide my time between the University and the Bristol Breast Care Centre where I aim to provde high-quality patient centred, evidence-based care.

I am a member of the Association of Breast Surgery Academic and Research Committee and the NCRI Breast Clinical Studies Group.

 

 

Teaching

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Keywords

  • Breast reconstruction
  • outcome assessment
  • Randomised controlled trials (RCTs)

Skills

  • breast cancer

Methodologies

  • Systematic review methodology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative and Qualitative

Memberships

Organisations

Bristol Medical School (PHS)

Centres, collaborations and units

Recent publications

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