Clinical Academic Training

What is a Clinical Academic?

A Clinical Academic is a clinician who also wants to include an element of research, teaching or healthcare management in their role with the aim of improving clinical practice within their speciality.

Health Education England has created pathways to help aspiring Clinical Academics in their future clinical academic career.

If you want to know information about becoming a Clinical Academic at the University of Leicester please contact Professor Matt Bown (m.bown@le.ac.uk)

NIHR Clinical Academic Training Scheme

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Academic Training Programme, originally instituted in 2006, provides a pathway for the training of prospective clinical academics that is compatible with specialist training requirements. Its aim is to enable a given individual the pathway for a genuine trainee in research the pathway up to a Certificate of Completion of Training may take up to 10 years. 

The scheme falls into three phases over 10 years:

For more information about the scheme visit the NIHR website.

Leicester NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme Awareness Session presentations

Supervising a Trainee

If you would like to become a supervisor for an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) or Clinical Lecturer (ACL), please contact the Director of Clinical Academic Training, Professor Matt Bown (m.bown@le.ac.uk).

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College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
Maurice Shock Building
University Road
Leicester
LE1 7RH

Director of Clinical Academic Training:
Prof. Matthew Bown

Other key people

James Burton (renal doctor) standing next to patient

Having so many successful senior clinical academics to mentor me was instrumental in my successful NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
Dr James Burton
Senior Lecturer and
Consultant Nephrologist
(ACL in Nephrology 2008-2012)