In 2005, the UK Clinical Research Network/Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) review of clinical academia noted that there was a lack of a clear route of entry and a transparent career structure into this profession, with a lack of flexibility when it came to balancing clinical and academic training and geographical mobility, and a shortage of properly structured and supported posts available on completion of training. All of these were considered in this report to be deterrents for a clinical academic career.
In recent years there have been three key signposts for the recovery of clinical academia which have really put the issue on the map:
This has led to the development of properly structured and supported posts. Development of these posts has included bids to central government for approval and funding. The Walport posts include: