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Information Sheet for Participants

Study Title: UK Cardiologists and Gender Perceptions of Professional Satisfaction, Work-Life Balance, Discrimination and Organisational Support

Invitation to take part

My name is Dr Shareen Jaijee, studying an MSc in Medical Leadership at Birkbeck Univeristy with the Royal College of Physicians and inviting you to take part in a research study as part of my MSc dissertation.  Please take time to read this carefully and ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.

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What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to examine gender differences in work-life balance, career progression and satisfaction, perceptions of discrimination, attitudes to part time work and organisational support, amongst Cardiologists in the UK. 

Research shows that effective management of the work-life interface promotes positive organisational outcomes, with a reduction in absence, an increase in morale and job satisfaction, and improvements of quality of work and organisational performance.  In order to implement systems and strategies to ensure equality in the work force for men and women Cardiologists in the UK, research needs to be carried out to describe the personal and professional factors that influence our workforce.  This project aims to address this data gap.

Why have I been chosen?

You have been chosen as you are a Consultant Cardiologist, practicing within the United Kingdom

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part.  If you would like to take part, you will be asked to sign a consent form.  If you decide to take part, you are still free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.

What will happen if I take part?

You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire.  This questionnaire will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All information will be kept strictly confidential

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The results are usually published in the organisational psychology literature, without naming participants.  If you would like to know the study outcomes, we will include your details on a mailing list and will let you know when the study results are eventually published.

Who is organising and funding the research

The sponsor of the study is Birkbeck University.  Dr Shareen Jaijee is carrying out the research as part of a Masters in Medical Leadership in conjunction with Birkbeck University/The Royal College of Physicians.  Dr Caroline Kamau is supervising the research.

Who has reviewed the study?

The research study has been reviewed by the Birkbeck University Ethics Committee.

Contact for further information

Please remember that participation is purely voluntary.  If you have any general or specific questions or are unhappy about the research, please contact:

Dr Shareen Jaijee:  +44 (0) 7885 977 962 or at


Dr Caroline Kamau: