Clinical Academic Fellowship program
The Institute of Neurology & National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery have been awarded ten new Academic Fellowship posts for junior doctors in training interested in an academic career pathway. The scheme is part of a broad programme to improve career pathways for researchers in medicine and dentistry coordinated by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration. This will ultimately provide a stable career pathway for academic clinicians in all specialties from F2 to CCT.
The local Academic Clinical Fellowship program will appoint two clinicians per annum for five years in the first instance, and is designed to provide support for those with outstanding potential for development as a researcher. The post will provide a full clinical training in Neurology, Neurosurgery or related specialties and successful applicants will receive an NTN(A). Academic clinical fellows will also receive detailed training in generic research skills, and have ample protected time off the wards (between 20-25% of the working week) to undertake academic training. This will allow them to identify their particular research interest in clinical or basic scientific research, and specifically permit them to prepare an application for competitive funding for a higher degree (PhD). Additional local support will be provided in the form of mentoring and ad hominem tailoring of the program to the trainee’s specific needs.
This academic fellowship scheme will provide two to three years of support, after which it is expected that the trainee will have secured funding for a higher degree and will start in that position. Failure to obtain such funding, or a decision that an academic career is not what the trainee desires, will result in the trainee transferring to the existing clinical Specialist Registrar rotation. There will be no time penalty for such a transfer as the clinical training received by academic fellows is equivalent to that received on the conventional SpR programs already in existence at NHNN.
Prior to full implementation of MMC, the scheme will be open to existing trainees (i.e. Senior House Officers) who are eligible to apply for a National Training Number (NTN). Existing Specialist Registrars who already hold an NTN are not eligible. Applications for the 2006 round are now closed and interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in October 2006. The 2007 round of recruitment will be advertised in December 2006.