Academic Clinical Fellowships

What is an Academic Clinical Fellow?

These are clinical specialty entry-level posts lasting for 3 years (or 4 years for GP trainees who are ST1) during which 25% of the fellow's time is spent on academic work. They are available to candidates with appropriate FY2 and/or CT experience for the specialty concerned. Trainees are assigned to appropriate clinical and academic supervisors, the former will be responsible for establishing the fellow's initial specialty training programme and the latter the development of their research.

The key aim of this phase will be to develop a research area suitable for a PhD project (where a clinical PhD is not already held) and to apply for external funding to undertake this research. In Leicester we  target fellows towards areas of research strength and require them to produce and submit a systematic review of their area of research for peer reviewed publication within the first two years. This will be a key step towards obtaining a full time research fellowship to support their PhD studies.

Training in Leicester

Here is what is expected during each year of the scheme:

  • Year 1 - Undertake two MRes Clinical Sciences modules
  • Year 2 - Complete a systematic review and obtain pilot data/perform preliminary studies to support a future fellowship applications.
  • Year 3 - Submit fellowship application and complete MRes dissertation

Trainees will be have an academic review annually which feeds into their Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).

There is a wide range of research projects available to ACFs within their speciality in Leicester.

Applying to become an ACF in Leicester

ACFs are employed by the NHS via a joint NHS and University recruitment process.

2021 ACF Round 1 Timetable

Application Window 1 October to 4 November 2020
Anticipated Interviews

11, 15 & 17 December 2020

Initial Offers Issued 21 January 2021
Hold Deadline 28 January 2021

For more information on applying to become an ACF in Leicester please see our ACF vacancies.

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Natalie Shur (sport science doctor) working in a laboratory

I have been encouraged and supported to pursue my own research ambitions, and with the collaboration with the National Centre of Sport and Exercise Medicine in Loughborough, I would argue there is no better place in the UK right now to undertake an academic career in sport and exercise medicine.
Dr Natalie Shur
ACF in Sport and Exercise Medicine