UCL is proud to have one of the largest cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trainees in the UK.
2020 ACF Recruitment
Recruitment to the 2020 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF's) is now closed.
To apply: each ACF post will be advertised via Oriel
Please see below for more details about the recruitment process.
Every trainee has a clinical and an academic supervisor and is provided with a £1,000 per annum NIHR training bursary. Trainees are provided with bespoke clinical and academic training appropriate for their speciality and research interests, and in addition have access to funding for a Masters course at UCL.
Our Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) schemes have an overall success rate of approximately 85% over the last five years in securing peer-reviewed internationally competitive research funding to continue their clinical academic careers.
2020 ACF Posts
|ACF Post 1||Clinical Oncology||Dr Crispin Hiley|
|ACF Post 2||Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics||Dr. Reecha Sofat|
|ACF Post 3||Clinical Radiology||Prof. Stuart Taylor|
|ACF Post 4||Community Sexual and Reproductive Health||Prof. Judith Stephenson|
|ACF Post 5||General Practice||Prof. Joe Rosenthal|
|ACF Post 6||General Psychiatry||Prof. David Osborn|
|ACF Post 7||Genito-Urinary Medicine||Dr Richard Gilson|
|ACF Post 8||Infectious Diseases||Prof Mahdad Noursadeghi|
|ACF Post 9||Medical Oncology||Prof Gert Attard|
|ACF Post 10||Neurology||Prof Simon Mead|
|ACF Post 11||Neurosurgery||Prof Rob Brownstone|
|ACF Post 12||Ophthalmology||Prof Sir Peng Khaw|
|ACF Post 13||Paediatrics||Dr Despina Eleftheriou|
|ACF Post 14||Public Health Medicine||Dr. Nora Pashayan|
|ACF Post 15||Renal Medicine||Prof Alan Salama|
|ACF Post 17||Haematology||Platform Sciences and Bioinformatics||Prof. Kwee Yong|
|ACF Post 18||Infectious Diseases||Platform Sciences and Bioinformatics||Prof. Mahdad Noursadeghi|
|ACF Post 19||General Practice||Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology||Prof Joe Rosenthal|
|ACF Post 20||Geriatric Medicine||Dementia||Dr. Daniel Davis|
|ACF Post 21||General Practice||Medical Education||Prof. Joe Rosenthal|
|ACF Post 22||General Psychiatry||Mental Health||Prof David Osborn|
|ACF Post 23||Paediatrics||Mental Health||Dr Despina Eleftheriou|
|ACF Post 24||Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||Locally Funded||Prof David Skuse|
|ACF Post 25||Plastic Surgery||Locally Funded||Prof. Ash Mosahebi|
The application and recruitment process is managed by the Healthcare Education Team at Health Education England (HEE), London and South East.
For enquiries about the recruitment process, please contact HEE directly via the London and South East PGMDE Support Portal.
For more information about the IAT programme, please see the NIHR Integrated Academic Training.
- Health Education England (HEE), London and South East.
- London and South East PGMDE Support Portal.
- NIHR Integrated Academic Training.
We aim to provide bespoke clinical academic training opportunities that fully develops an individual's potential as a research leader of the future.
Like all NIHR ACF posts, UCL's posts offer three months per annum protected research time over the three year duration of our posts. All offer run-through training in the advertised speciality.
How the protected research time is arranged differs between individual programmes.
In general it is offered as a block release of three months, as in our experience, this provides sufficient time to fully engage and integrate with host laboratories.
Individual programmes have the flexibility to vary this according to local needs (including those of the trainees).
- 3 year duration of post and 4 year duration for GP posts;
- 3 months per annum for protected research time (this may differ depending on specialty);
- Block release of 3 months or day release depending on individual programmes.
- Research Training Programme
The Research Training Programme is delivered through individual training schemes, customising central provision and supplementing this with local initiatives. The central provision includes generic skills training through the:
- UCL Doctoral School and Staff Training schemes;
- Research governance (plus GCP) training delivered by UCL/UCLH NIHR BioMedical Research Centre (BRC);
- Masters degrees either specifically commissioned for the ACF schemes (e.g. the Masters in Clinical Drug Development) available part-time or MSc programme of your choice.
- Success Rate
Since 2006, our programmes have delivered a very high success rate (85%) in terms of the primary objective of ACF programmes in obtaining peer-reviewed competitive research funding to continue an academic career.
The range and diversity of incoming individuals demonstrates that the flexible ad-hominem approach we take is highly effective in developing individuals to their full potential.
NIHR ACF posts are available to medically qualified trainees, who are in the early stages of their specialty training and show outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry.
- UCL offers a varied selection of ACF posts at levels CT1 or ST3 depending on specialty;
- We welcome ACF applicants either with or without a PhD provided an ACF post offers an appropriate career development option for them;
- Before you apply for an ACF post through Oriel you will need to check your eligibility;
- Please refer to the GMC Registration Eligibility webpage.
As an ACF you remain employed by the Trust.
Trainees hold an honorary UCL contract throughout their post (as well as NHS contract) giving them access to library facilities, computer network facilities and other necessary generic research tools.
NIHR Annual Bursary
ACFs are entitled to a £1,000 bursary each year they are in post for conference, workshops and research visits including travel, registration and hotel costs.
NIHR MSc Training Fund
You also have an option to take an MSc or modules of an MSc whilst in post funded by the NIHR training fund.
Each ACF is awarded £4,500 from the NIHR.
For further information about NIHR bursaries, please contact the Academic Careers Office