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Integrated clinical academic programme

Interested in a clinical research career? The Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) programme for non-medical healthcare professionals has opened for applications.

The programme, which is funded by HEE and managed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), provides a range of opportunities to undertake fully funded clinical research, research training and professional development whilst maintaining clinical practice and salary.

The programme comprises of five levels:

  1. Internships 
  2. Masters in Clinical Research Studentships
  3. Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships
  4. Clinical Lectureships
  5. Senior Clinical Lectureships.

The launch relates to the doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

This year, the programme launch is accompanied by the release of video case studies from current ICA trainees who share their personal stories of being involved in the programme.

One of the trainees featured is Consultant Midwife Yana Richens OBE who is leading on a research project looking at why women are anxious and fearful of birth.

She said: “This award has had a great impact on me and I think it demonstrates that wherever you are in your career you can apply for the award. I’ve had time to take out and to learn and relearn things that I’ve been so busy doing clinically for the past thirty years.

“The support you get from HEE and the NIHR is fantastic. They have really looked at the pathway to encourage people like myself to stay clinically active yet have the opportunity to lead on research which could have a huge impact on pregnant women and their families.”


Professor Nicki Latham, HEE's Executive Director of Performance and Development:

"HEE wants to ensure that all health professionals have the opportunity to develop skills and confidence in research - and to ensure that we have the next leaders for the current and future workforce, and to provide the next leaders for research. The ICA programme provides the opportunity for non-medical healthcare professions to forge that link between research and practice and make a real difference to patient care."


Pete Thompson, Assistant Director at the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre:

“Since the programme launched last year and the list of eligible professions was increased we have received applications from the largest number of professional groups we have ever seen. This time around we have added even more professions to the eligible list including Chiropractors, Optometrists, Osteopaths and non-medical Public Health Trainees and Consultants so we hope that this trend continues.”

The programme and applications are open for the Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship levels until 28 April 2016 and for the Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship until 19 May 2016.

For more information on the ICA programme visit www.nihr.ac.uk/hee-ica.

The ICA programme, which launched last year and replaced the previous Clinical Academic Training (CAT) and Healthcare Science Research Fellowships programmes, is open to an wide group of non-medical healthcare professionals who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice and clinical development.


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