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.
- The NIHR Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme is one of NIHR’s flagship programmes and is open to doctors and dentists.
- The HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme for non-medical professions which brings together the two sections of the previous CAT Programme for nurses, Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and midwives and healthcare scientists into one programme.
Resources and support
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 February 2017
The third issue of The Researcher launched today (February 16).
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