The Clinical Academic Training Programme is an initiative to assist medical graduates in the development of academic and clinical skills as part of their career pathway towards becoming senior academic clinicians, leading research for the benefit of patients. We have a wealth of experience in supporting clinical trainees undertaking research.
Our programme involves collaboration with core partners: the East Midlands Local Education and Training Board, Nottingham University Hospitals and other partner NHS Trusts within the East Midlands.
Our partnership is committed to excellence in both academic and clinical training and provides opportunities to train both within the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Pathway and independent of it (through clinical research fellowships and clinical lectureships).
The clinical academic training pathway allows entry at several levels and trainees can join:
- as an academic clinical fellow at entry into speciality training at ST1 (for “coupled” specialities) and at ST3 (for both “uncoupled” and “coupled” specialities).
- as a senior trainee in the final speciality training years and after completing a PhD/ research MD as an academic clinical lecturer
- as a trainee taking time from their clinical training programme to undertake a clinical research fellowship or clinical lectureship in the University
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.