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Clinical Academic Training Programme

Nottingham’s Clinical Academic Training Programme (CATP) supports academic clinical fellows, academic clinical lecturers, and others undertaking higher research degrees at the University during their clinical training.

The programme is for those clinicians who wish to include elements of research, teaching or healthcare management in their work to help improve clinical practice in their speciality.

It helps to develop research and transferable skills at each of the key stages during the training of our future leaders in research and education.

All clinical academic trainees in our programme undertake their research within one of the school's research groups, meet regularly with their research supervisor to plan and interpret their research, work to a personal academic development plan, and access both training in transferable academic skills and our mentorship programme.

Some of our programmes are run as part of the National Institute for Health Research's (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme and so our application process follows their timeline. All roles are advertised nationally.

Find out more about the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme

We also offer programmes outside of the NIHR pathway through clinical research fellowships and some clinical lectureships.

View our 2023 showcase of CATP research



Entry Levels

Following the completion of your F1 and F2 years in the UK Foundation Programme, you can join the CATP at various levels:

  • As an Academic Clinical Fellow for two to three years of specialist training for those who have just completed the UK Foundation Programme
  • As an Academic Clinical Lecturer for up to four years for those who are medically qualified, have already completed their doctorate, and have one to two years of clinical training remaining
  • As senior trainee in your final specialty training years after completing a PhD or research MD
  • As a trainee taking time out from your clinical training programme to undertake a clinical research fellowship or clinical lectureship

There are also some other programmes which provide routes into CATP when you are in your final year of the UK Foundation Programme.


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School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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