ACF Projects

ACF Projects

In Leicester, ACFs are offered a choice of research projects and supervisors depending upon their clinical specialty. These are shown below. It is possible to undertake research outside of these pre-defined projects but any proposed new project will need to be agreed by the Clinical Academic Training Programme.

Projects within a theme post

Four of the 2020 ACF posts have been awarded by the NIHR for trainees to work in NIHR priority themes. These projects have been reviewed by the NIHR and trainees undertaking these projects will be expected to work on the projects listed. It is recognized that research develops over time and minor adaptations to methods/focus may be required. The overall aim of the research, and the theme alignment, will not be changed.

Candidates applying for any of the Themed ACF posts will be expected to undertake the research project related to each individual themed post. The project for each theme is detailed within the theme post information via the table below.

Research ThemeClinical specialities associated with research theme
Acute Care (1)


Cardio-thoracic Surgery

Intensive Care Medicine

Older People and Complex Health Needs
Geriatric Medicine
Platform Science and Bioinformatics (1)

Vascular Surgery

Platform Science and Bioinformatics (2) Medical Oncology
General Surgery
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Projects within a specialty post

These project descriptions are based on research currently being undertaken by the supervisor(s) listed at the top of each project. It is intended that successful ACFs will undertake the research described. It can be 12-24 months from the time these projects are published online here to the time an ACF starts their period of protected academic time however. There is therefore a chance that the projects described on this website may be adapted or changed by the time an ACF undertakes their academic work.

The 2020 projects you can choose from are available from the specialty links below:

Cardiology Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Clinical Radiology Ophthamology
Emergency Medicine Otolaryngology
Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus Paediatrics
General Practice Renal Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Respiratory Medicine
Sports and Exercise Medicine
Infectious Diseases

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Tim Rattay (surgeon)

Working at the University of Leicester has given me the opportunity to develop my own research and enabled me to gain personal funding for my fellowship.
Dr Tim Rattay
NIHR Clinical Research Fellow
(ACF in Surgery (Breast) 2010-2013)