Student Psychiatry Audit & Research Collaborative 

SPARC is a nationwide, student led initiative which aims to get more Medical Students interested in Psychiatry, through doing Research and Audits.

About Us

Psychiatry is set to deliver some of the most exciting and revolutionary advances in medicine. However, the speciality is still struggling to get young doctors and medical students interested in the field. A major part of this is that students have had little opportunity to take part in research and quality improvement.

We aim to change this by developing SPARC, a student led initiative which allows nationwide collaboration in high quality research and audits. Our model is inspired by the great success of Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg).

How does it work

For each national audit, the responsibility for collecting data will fall to multiple area teams located in medical schools all over the UK. These area teams will consist of medical students, supervised by junior doctors, all overseen by a consultant. The data collected will then be submitted centrally to the steering team.

Medical Student

Carries the main responsibility for registering the audit, identifying patients and collecting the data.

Junior Doctor

Works with the medical student to ensure that the process is completed properly.


Oversees the team, holding the overall responsibility for patient care.

Our Goal

“Our goal is to encourage and incentivise medical students to take on lead roles in audits in the future”

Meet the team

Dr Jude Harrison
Founder, Mentor & Steering Group Member

Jude is a higher trainee in Old Age Psychiatry. She studied Medicine at the University of Dundee and began psychiatry training on the Maudsley Hospital rotation.

She was a founding member of the SPARC team and has served as a steering group member, involved in all aspects of SPARC projects including conceptualization, data curation, formal analysis, funding acquisition, investigation, methodology and project administration.

Jude is undertaking a PhD on genetics and magnetic resonance imaging in Alzheimer’s Disease. Her other interests include the assessment and management of neurodegenerative disorders, improving physical health outcomes for people with mental illness and public involvement in research.

Dr David Codling
Founder, Mentor & Steering Group Member

David is a Higher Trainee in general and older adult psychiatry at the Maudsley in South London, having completed his medical degree and foundation training in Newcastle and the North East.

He was a founding member of the SPARC team and has led at a local and national level on the conceptualisation, recruitment, data gathering and analysis.

David is currently working on using data structures and decision-support to improve mental and physical healthcare for patients with psychosis. He has a postgraduate diploma in clinical leadership and is interested in how we can use data to support better working across organisational boundaries.

Jessica Randall
Strategy Lead & Steering Group Member

Jess is a final year medical student at Cardiff University. Her interest in Psychiatry stems from a placement in a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit during medical school, where she became fascinated by schizophrenia and psychosis.

She joined SPARC as Treasurer in 2018 and has since taken on the role of Strategy Lead on the Steering Group. She is involved in project administration, investigation, methodology and manuscript writing processes.

As well as Psychiatry, Jess has a keen interest in Medical Education and Healthcare Leadership. She has a First Class iBSc in Medical Education, for which she won the William Osler Prize for Outstanding Achievement in 2019/20.

She tweets in a personal capacity as @JLRandall_uk

Dr Annabelle Hook
Strategy Lead & Steering Group Member

Annabelle is a Psychiatry Foundation Fellow. She studied Medicine at Cardiff University and developed her interest in Psychiatry as an Undergraduate. Her particular interest lies in Schizophrenia and Genetics.

She joined SPARC as Secretary and Social Media Manager in 2018 and has since taken on the role of Strategy Lead on the Steering Group. She is involved in the methodology, analysis and manuscript writing processes.

Annabelle has a First Class iBSC in Psychology, for which she won the division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences Prize. She is currently undertaking an apprenticeship qualification alongside her Foundation Training in Foundation Leadership and Management.

Latest News!

EPA Journal Publications

Be sure to check out our latest publications in The Journal of the European Psychiatric Association!

Edinburgh Audit Completed

Edinburgh has recently completed their part in our first audit: VTE prophylaxis in psychiatric inpatients.

Well done Edinburgh!

Cardiff completes VTE prophylaxis audit

A big well done to everyone in the Cardiff SPARC team who completed their first audit in June 2016. This was our first use of the new audit software and we were very impressed by everyone’s hard work and dedication.

London Re-audit Completed

Having originally run the VTE audit a few years ago, our London team have now completed their re-audit.

Well done to everyone involved!

Contact Us

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