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 the Director of Clinical Academic Training, Professor Matt Bown (

NIHR Clinical Academic Training Scheme

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Academic Training Programme provides a pathway for the training of prospective clinical academics that  is compatible with specialist training requirements. Its aim is to enable a given individuals to have an academic pathway all the way to Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) which may take up to 10 years.

The scheme falls into three phases:

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 (

If you would like to host an academic foundation doctor, please complete our expression of interest web form.

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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)