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Clinical academic career pathways

Clinical academic career pathways

Posts that support academics to develop their clinical research skill and a research career.

We work in partnership with Health Education England North East. to offer medical and dental trainees a clear clinical academic career pathway. This includes the highest quality training, supervision and support. 

Our partnership allows us to deliver a balance between research and clinical training, tailored to an individual’s needs.

The posts we offer are detailed below.

Academic Foundation Programme

The Northern Deanery had the first academic foundation programme in the UK. It currently has twelve posts (nine based in Newcastle and three in Teesside).

Academic Foundation posts provide generic research training. Our model has three four month blocks for both Foundation 1 (F1) and Foundation 2 (F2) years, with one four month block in each year as the academic period. 

The other blocks in F1 are medicine and surgery and in F2 these generally mirror the individual’s academic interests.

Individuals applying for an academic foundation post have a specific interview. We support foundation and academic issues and assign an Academic Foundation Mentor. Assessments are then made on both academic and clinical progress.

A UK Foundation Programme Office conference demonstrated our Academic Foundation Programme management method.

Download a copy of the Research Leaders of the Future presentation slides.

For further information please contact Dr Andy Gennery.

Academic Clinical Fellowships

UK Clinical Research Collaboration invited applications for Academic Clinical Fellowship programmes in 2005. 

Round two focused on specific clinical areas. Round three looked at mapping to the Biomedical Research Centres. This including our own Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.

Academic Clinical Fellowship's combine 25% academic training with 75% clinical training. These posts are now centrally-funded and are discipline-specific. 

The end goal of these posts is that individuals will put together an externally-funded fellowship. This leading to a higher degree (PhD/MD). The posts are currently competency based.

In Newcastle there are eighteen programmes in a variety of different disciplines.

For further information please contact Professor John Sayer.

Clinical Lectureship Programme

Deaneries could also bid for National Institute of Health Research Clinical Lectureship programmes. 

We aim these programmes at speciality specific trainees who have completed a higher degree. This enables them to complete clinical training while developing a post-doctoral research career.

The posts combine 50% research and 50% clinical training and will allow individuals to develop their own research group. The hope is that they will also lead to an application for a senior fellowship.

In Newcastle there are National Institute of Health Research Clinical Lectureship programmes in: 

  • Ageing Specialties
  • Hepatology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Surgical Specialties
  • Dental Specialties
  • Public Health 
  • Psychiatry

For further, information please contact Professor John Sayer.