Academic Clinical Fellows



Health Education East of England - Cambridge (Applications now closed)

Health Education England, in collaboration with the Primary Care Unit, University of Cambridge, will jointly offer 2 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow posts to start in August 2016.  Academic training within the post is fully integrated into the highly regarded Cambridge GPST Programme with an academic strand maintained across the whole four-year period tailored to the post-holder’s needs. The Academic Clinical Fellow will be on one of the rotations on the Cambridge GPST for the four years of their training. During this time they will spend 6 months in clinical and academic general practice, followed by 18 months in hospital posts. They will then spend the equivalent of a further 9 months full time in the academic environment over the following 18 months, with the remainder in general practice and a final 6 months in full time general practice.

Strong candidates with an interest in pursuing a career in primary care research are encouraged to apply.  Successful applicants will be encouraged to complete the University of Cambridge MPhil in Primary Care Research, or equivalent degree, and will receive individually tailored academic mentoring and supervision in order to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in research methods and medical education.  The academic programme will also include practical experience of research through an apprenticeship to an existing research team and opportunities to conduct and publish well defined personal research projects with a view to developing an application for a doctoral training fellowship.  Clinical training will focus on the generalist clinical knowledge base and special skills in the area of research interest.

Further information

Further information about the University department can be found at

Specific enquiries about the Cambridge scheme can be addressed to

Dr Juliet Usher-Smith

The person specification for entry is common to all regions. All applications must be made to Hilary foster at by midday on Friday 29th April 2016. You must have been offered an ST1 GP training programme to start in August 2016 or be in current GP ST1 training to be eligible to apply.




No posts currently available

Health Education East of England in collaboration with the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia offer one Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) post starting in August 2015. Applications are invited from outstanding candidates who aspire to a career which combines academic general practice with primary care. The Norwich Medical School provides an ideal location for primary care ACFs, given the close links that exist between academic clinicians based at the Norwich Medical School, the nearby Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and the Norwich GP Specialist Training Programme. ACF training posts at Norwich Medical School are integrated with the East of England GPST programmes based at Norwich, and comprise a 4 year training programme which allow the candidate to achieve a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) while also reaching academic outputs, (usually a Masters level qualification and  an application for further doctoral studies).
We currently have seven ACFs in primary care, the majority are locally funded by the Health Education East of England, and these ACFs have been adopted by the NIHR. The ACF will choose to pursue a particular research interest of relevance to primary care in U.K. National Health Service settings: these can be clinical, health services, or educational in focus, and using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The academic attachment will comprise project work and regular supervision from one or more senior GP and primary care academics. Their academic work will focus on developing selected research and education topics to prepare a suitable portfolio for future career aspirations.

The training is co-ordinated by Amanda Howe and supported by other members of the Primary Care Group. Successful candidates will usually undertake research training modules which are credit bearing, and can expect also to carry out independent research during their training. The Primary Care Group has wide ranging expertise in health services research and further information can be found at

For more information on Academic Clinical Fellowships please visit the website or contact Dr Amanda Howe @