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Why research?

Charles Hutchinson"There are multiple reasons why people undertake a research career. Firstly there is the interest it generates and will appeal to those who are driven by curiosity. We all have a responsibility to help medicine advance and to improve our patients care and outcomes.

There are other reasons, such as making your clinical career more interesting; early on everything is new but a medical career will last around 35-40 years and things are less new after this time. Research is never the same. Some people like to be the 'go to' person for a focal aspect of their work and this can be very rewarding.

Another advantage is the opportunity to network which can appear trivial but can provide wider support for your working environment. Mainly research is interesting, stimulating, challenging and most of all fun." Charles Hutchinson, Former IAT lead at Warwick.


Warwick Medical School currently supports Integrated Academic Training in the following areas:


Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have created a short film about developing a clinical academic career. It describes the opportunities on offer to all professions as part of HEE’s Clinical Academic Careers Framework, which brings together research programmes funded by HEE and the NIHR.


Track Record of Past Trainees at Warwick

Since the programme began in 2006, we have compared well with the national averages with 75% of our ACFs progressing to PhDs and over 80% of our CLs achieving posts with an academic commitment.

Further Resources

Funded by an Academy of Medical Sciences INSPIRE grant, two podcasts were created providing an overview of The Academic Pathway and Medical Statistics were created by Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Keel, Warwick and UEA.

The Royal College of Physicians has a Research Engagment Toolkit which contains information to highlight the various ways in which physicians can participate in research.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network has created a toolkit, providing researchers with practical support to make clinical trials happen.

A review published by the MRC, AMS, BHF, CRUK, NIHR and Wellcome Trust explores the experiences of early-career Clinical Academics and gives insight from trainees about enablers and barriers to becoming leading researchers.

The Clinical Academic Training Forum (CATF) has a website to promote the role of clinical academics and support health professionals beginning their clinical academic journey. CATCH, the Clinical Academic Training & Careers Hub, aims to be a one stop shop for information on academic careers.