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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 2014 to March 2015) requires HEE to ‘develop a more flexible workforce that is able to respond to the changing patterns of service and embraces research and innovation to enable it to adapt to the changing demands of public health, healthcare and care services.’

We also have an objective to ‘support clinical academic careers for health professionals and also seek to increase numbers of staff across all clinical and public health professions with a proper understanding of research and its role in improving health outcomes, including an ability to participate in and utilise the result of research’.

HEE’s Research and Innovation Strategy, available in the related document section on this page, 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.

Sarah Bailey is currently in the fourth and final year of an HEE NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. She writes about her experiences in this blog.


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.

​Why research is everyone's business

The HEE/NIHR’s Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme is 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. 

Find out more and get involved.

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme

The ICA Programme is formed of five elements, plus a mentorship scheme:

  • Internships
  • Masters
  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • Clinical Lectureship
  • Senior Clinical Lectureship

Following a tender process, HEE and NIHR are pleased to be able to announce the ten institutions who will be hosting the Masters in Clinical Research Studentships for the next three years (from September 2015).

Take a look at our video case studies featuring current ICA trainees who share their personal stories about what their award has meant for them.

Following the success of this year’s Developing Your Clinical Academic Career event, we are holding a second event for ICA programme trainees on Thursday 2 February 2017.  Details are available at the foot of this page. Last year’s event provided a great opportunity to meet some of our trainees and for them to network with each other. Useful resources from the day (including presentations from speakers, handouts and trainees’ posters) are available online. We hope that these will help you on your research journey.

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. 

Further support is available from a series of webinars run by the National Institute for Health Research (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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