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Clinical academic careers

We are committed to supporting the delivery of high quality healthcare through ensuring that our workforce has the right skills, values and behaviours, and right numbers of staff are available at the right time and in the right place. HEE is committed to supporting the delivery of high quality healthcare through ensuring that our workforce has the right skills, values and behaviours, and right numbers of staff are available at the right time and in the right place.


HEE has a statutory responsibility to promote research (Health & Social Care Act 2012, HEE Directions 2013) and the Mandate from the Government to HEE (April 2016 to March 2017) requires HEE to “develop a workforce that embraces research and innovation” and “to support clinical academic careers for health professionals.”

HEE’s Research and Innovation Strategy, sets out our vision and framework for the delivery of our statutory responsibilities and mandate duties. One of the key objectives of the strategy is to undertake the development of a transparent and integrated multi-professional clinical academic career framework, which enables all partners to be clear about the strategic approach to developing the clinical academic workforce for patient benefit.

This video provides an introduction to the opportunities funded by HEE and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to help the workforce develop clinical academic careers, these are also explained in more detail on this page.

Clinical academic careers framework

The Clinical Academic Careers Framework proposes an over-arching structure to develop the clinical academic workforce for patient benefit; and a consolidated programme for non-medical healthcare professions. This builds on the existing academic training programmes and aims to streamline the schemes within it. A copy of the framework is available in the related documents below.

Please also see here for information on the ICA Programme and the internship page with specific detail on how to apply.

Resources and support

Take a look at the resources we have available to support you in your clinical academic career. 

Why research is everyone's business

The HEE/NIHR’s Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme was the topic of a Health Services Journal (HSJ) Supplement published in November 2015.

The supplement: Everyone join in – why research should be everybody’s business, highlights the importance of research in improving patient outcomes with a specific focus on the HEE/NIHR ICA Programme; which is encouraging more nurses, midwives and Allied Health Professionals to engage with clinical academic research. Download the supplement from this page.

The Researcher

We are working with partners across the healthcare system to promote research and clinical academic careers. As such, we are working with NHS Research and Development North West on a national digital magazine, curated by researchers themselves, designed to encourage, support and engage with healthcare professionals to be involved with research. 

Click here to find out more and read the Researcher magazine.

Publications and webinars

There are also ideas and advice from other clinical academic researchers and a useful resource for provider organisations and their clinical staff from AUKUH which can be downloaded from this page. In addition, NIHR have published the Building a Research Career handbook.

The Health Foundation’s new communications toolkit for research helps researchers to increase the influence and impact of their findings in health and health care. It includes guidance, templates, support materials and links to help develop a communication strategy, package findings for different audiences and engage stakeholders to extend influence and widen impact.

Further support is available from a series of webinars run by NIHR with advice on topics such as applications for funding, using social media, how to engage the public and writing for publication.​

 

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