UCL is proud to have one of the largest cohorts of National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) trainees in the UK. We have approximately 100 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows and 50 NIHR Clinical Lecturers in posts across UCL and UCL Partners Academic Health Sciences System.
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.
The application and recruitment process is managed by Healthcare Education Team at Health Education England (HEE), London and South East.
For enquiries about the recruitment process, please contact HEE directly or via the London and South East PGMDE Support Portal.
For more information about the IAT programme, please see the NIHR Guide for Integrated Academic Training.
2018 NIHR ACFs
|ACF Post 1||Anaesthetics||Dr Daniel Martin|
|ACF Post 2||Cardiology||Dr Pier Lambiase|
|ACF Post 3||Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||Professor David Skuse|
|ACF Post 4||Clinical Radiology||Professor Stuart Taylor|
|ACF Post 5||Community Sexual and Reproductive Health||Professor Judith Stephenson|
|ACF Post 6||Gastroenterology||Dr Emmanouil Tsochatzis|
|ACF Post 7||General Practice (locally funded)||Dr Joe Rosenthal|
|ACF Post 8||General Practice (locally funded)||Dr Joe Rosenthal|
|ACF Post 9||Genito-Urinary Medicine||Dr Richard Gilson|
|ACF Post 10||Geriatric Medicine||Dr Daniel Davis|
|ACF Post 11||Haematology||Professor Kwee Yong|
|ACF Post 12||Neurology||Professor Simon Mead|
|ACF Post 13||Obstetrics and Gynaecology||Professor Usha Menon|
|ACF Post 14||General Psychiatry||Professor David Osborn|
|ACF Post 15||Otolaryngology||Professor Anne Schilder or Professor Martin Birchall|
|ACF Post 16||Paediatrics||Professor Paul Brogan|
|ACF Post 17||Paediatrics||Professor Paul Brogan|
|ACF Post 18||Palliative Medicine||Professor Paddy Stone|
|ACF Post 19||Plastic Surgery||Mr Ash Mosahebi|
|ACF Post 20||Renal Medicine||Professor Alan Salama|
|ACF Post 21||Respiratory Medicine||Professor Jeremy Brown|
|ACF Post 22||Combined Infection Training (PHE Funded)||Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi|
|ACF Post 23||Haematology / Medical Oncology||Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology||Professor Tim Meyer or Professor Kwee Yong|
|ACF Post 24||Medical Oncology / Haematology||Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology||Professor Tim Meyer or Professor Kwee Yong|
|ACF Post 25||Paediatrics||Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology||Professor Paul Brogan|
|ACF Post 26||General Practice / Public Health Medicine / Geriatric Medicine||Older People and Complex Health Needs||Dr Joe Rosenthal or Dr Kate Walters or Dr Nora Pashayan or Dr Daniel Davis|
|ACF Post 27||Neurology||Dementia||Professor Simon Mead|
|ACF Post 28||Old Age Psychiatry / Neurology / Geriatric Medicine||Dementia||Professor David Osborn or Professor Simon Mead or Dr Daniel Davis|
|ACF Post 29||General Practice||Medical Education||Dr Joe Rosenthal|
|ACF Post 30||Intensive Care Medicine||Acute Care||Professor Mervyn Singer|
|ACF Post 31||Infectious Diseases / Respiratory Medicine||Platform Science ("-omics") and Bioinformatics||Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi or Professor Jeremy Brown|
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 the posts, which 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 block release of three months as in our experience this provides sufficient time to fully engage 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 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 different 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 offer 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 a 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 £1000 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 £4500 from the NIHR.
For further information about NIHR bursaries, please contact the Academic Careers Office