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.
Warwick Medical School has ACFs across a number of specialties:
|Exemplar ACF Projects/References
Anaesthetics/Intensive Care Medicine
Clinical RadiologyLed by Professor Charles Hutchinson
Endocrinology and Diabetes MellitusLed by Associate Clinical Professor Thomas Barber
|Application of Mindfulness in a Tier 3 Obesity Service Improves Eating Behaviour and Facilitates Successful Weight Loss
Led by Professor Jeremy Dale
General PsychiatryLed by Associate Clinical Professor Domenico Giacco
HistopathologyLed by Professor David Snead
Obstetrics and GynaecologyLed by Professor Siobhan Quenby
|Early versus delayed urinary catheter removal after hysterectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Public Health MedicineLed by Associate Professor Oyinlola Oyebode
Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLed by Associate Clinical Professor Andy Metcalfe
|Malawi Orthopaedic Association/AO Alliance guidelines and standards for open fracture management in Malawi
The ACF Posts for 2023 are:
Competition Post 1 - Anaesthetics
Competition Post 2 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Competition Post 3 - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
Competition Post 4 - Clinical Radiology or General Practice - Digital theme
Competition Post 5 - Cardiology or Gastroenterology - Clinical Therapeutics & Pharmacology & Industry theme
Competition Post 6 - Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus or General Practice - Multiple Long Term Conditions theme
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.
All trainees will have an Academic Progress FormLink opens in a new window to enable your progress to be tracked and reviewed in conjunction with your academic supervisor. This should be reviewed periodically and at a minimum annually. You will undergo Annual Review of Competence ProgressionLink opens in a new window 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.
Trainees are encouraged to explore the mentoring scheme through the University. Details of how to apply can be found here.
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.
Please review the NIHR IAT GuideLink opens in a new window for detailed information about the programme.