The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF) are managed by the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC) on behalf of the Department of Health. Each Medical School in England is allocated a number of NIHR ACF posts, which it must manage in partnership with its Postgraduate Medical Deanery and local NHS Trusts in order to synchronise and deliver the academic and clinical training.
Academic Clinical Fellowships are speciality training posts that incorporate academic training. NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) spend 75% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 25% undertaking research or educationalist training.
ACF posts are only available to medically qualified candidates and are aimed at those who, at the early stages of their speciality training, show outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry. The duration of an ACF is for a maximum of 3 years (4 years for GPs). During this time, alongside clinical training, ACFs will be able to develop their academic skills and be supported in preparing an application for a Research Training Fellowship (to undertake a higher research degree) or an application for a place on an educational programme (leading to a higher degree). Success in these applications is defined as the end point of an ACF. Trainees may need to continue in clinical training before applying for, or taking up such a training fellowship, as befits their personal situation at that time. The later uptake of a Fellowship is still measured as a successful outcome.
It is expected that ACFs will engage in the Masters Programme as part of their academic training and may take up to 3 modules in a year. Any additional modules within the same academic year are subject to Supervisor and IAT Lead approval. You will need to pay for registration fees. Further details on the process can be found here.
Warwick Medical School has ACFs across a range of specialities including
- Clinical Radiology - Professor Charles Hutchinson - Professor of Clinical Imaging
- Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus - Dr Tom Barber - Associate Clinical Professor
- General Practice - Professor Jeremy Dale - Professor of Primary Care
- Histopathology - Professor David Snead - Professor of Pathology
- Intensive Care Medicine - Professor Gavin Perkins - Professor of Emergency Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Professor Siobhan Quenby - Professor of Obstetrics Honorary Consultant Obstetrician
- Public Health Medicine - Professor Noel McCarthy - Professor of Evidence in Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Control
- Psychiatry - Dr Domenico Giacco - Associate Clinical Professor
- Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery - Associate Clinical Professor Andy Metcalfe
The ACF Posts for 2021 are:
Formula Post 1 - General Practice or General Psychiatry or Forensic Psychiatry
Formula Post 2 - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery or Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus or Anaesthetics
Formula Post 3 - Public Health Medicine or Anaesthetics or Acute Internal Medicine
Formula Post 4 - General Practice or Public Health Medicine
Competition Post 1 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Histopathology or Clinical Radiology - theme Platform Science and Bioinformatics
Competition Post 2 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Histopathology - theme Platform Science and Bioinformatics
The NIHR provides £1,000 per financial year per ACF/CL trainee to Warwick. Warwick is responsible for managing the bursary fund and approving expenditure against the bursary. The bursary cannot be used for consumables and can be used for attending academic meetings and conferences that are an important part of your training.
You will undergo Annual Review of Competence Progression with your Clinical and Academic Supervisor. The latest version of the Gold Guide - A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK - includes the relevant forms and lots of general information. The Report on Academic Trainee's Progress form should be completed a month in advance of the ARCP meeting.
Each summer you will also be asked to complete an Output Report detailing your academic related achievements over the past year (such as publications, grants awarded) to help us evaluate individual and programme success.