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Academic Clinical Fellowships in General Practice and Primary Care

Deanery ACF
East of England - Cambridge 3
East of England - Norwich 2
East Midlands - Nottingham 1
East Midlands - Leicester 1
Kent Surrey and Sussex - Brighton 2
London - UCL 2
London - QMU 1
Northern - Newcastle 1
Northwestern Manchester 2
Oxford - Oxford 2
Severn - Bristol 3
Southwest Peninsula Exeter 1
Wessex - Southampton 1
West Midlands - Birmingham 2
West Midlands - Keele 1
Yorkshire and Humber - Sheffield 1
Yorkshire and Humber - Hull 1

GP academic clinical fellowships

There are currently THREE types of opportunities to combine General Practice training with an academic career:

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in General Practice and Primary Care
A 4 year training programme of which about 75% is clinical and 25% academic. Applications are made via the National Recruitment Office for GP training at the same time as an application for a standard GP training programme. See below for more information about these highly competitive awards. Details about specific academic programmes available for 2012 will be published here shortly.

NSPCR ST3 entry Academic Clinical Fellowships
There are a 2 nationally funded Academic fellowships available each year which allow current GP trainees in ST2 to extend their training by a year with part-time attachment to a University Department during the ST3 and ST4 year. Applications are made in March via the National Recruitment Office for GP Training.

Local opportunities for Academic activities during a standard or extended GP training programme
A number of deaneries offer other types of Academic placements in General Practice. Please refer to individual deanery web sites for more information about these.


General Information

The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships Programme is a national initiative offering entry-level specialist training to those who have Foundation competences in medicine and can demonstrate that they have outstanding potential for development as a clinical academic. There are just 25 national NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in General Practice and Primary Care on offer so the awards are highly competitive.

The Fellowships provide 4 years training, of which about 75% is clinical and 25% academic. At the completion of training the trainee will be eligible for accreditation as a general practitioner. They will also be in a position to apply for admission to a higher level academic training programme leading to the award of a higher degree.

NIHR Fellowships in General Practice and Primary Care will be offered in twelve deaneries in 2012. The academic programmes offered in each Deanery are described briefly below, with links to more detail on the websites of the individual schemes.

The person specification for entry is common to all Deaneries. All applications must be made via the National Recruitment Office for General Practice Training website by completing both the standard GP training application and the additional academic training form. Those making an unsuccessful application for academic training will still be considered for a standard GP specialty training programme and a number of Deaneries also offer options other than the NIHR Fellowships for academic development.

Selection Process

The first round of academic interviews for NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships in General Practice and Primary Care will vary at each deanery but will take place prior to the GP Selection Centre. You will be notified by e-mail whether you have been short-listed for an academic interview.

If shortlisted for an academic interview, candidates are advised to speak with the named contact for the scheme for which they will be interviewed. After the academic interview, a provisional offer of a Fellowship to successful candidates will be made, subject to passing the remaining stages of the clinical selection process. Candidates who do not receive a provisional offer of a Fellowship as a result of their interview may be invited to a "clearing" interview for a Fellowship in another Deanery.

The academic interview may assess suitability for clinical training, and clinical training posts will be provisionally reserved for applicants recommended for a Fellowship. However all applicants interviewed for academic posts (whether recommended for fellowships or not) will also attend a Selection Centre for a standard GP training programme. This will allow:

1: Applicants who have not been offered Fellowships to compete for a standard GP specialty training programme rotation, and 2: Applicants provisionally offered Fellowships to confirm their suitability for GP specialty training.

Even if you are offered an academic place it is conditional upon you being assessed as fit for clinical training at Selection Centre.

ProfileEast of England Deanery - University of Cambridge
3 programmes: one with a special interest in Public Health and one locally funded

The General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit (GPPCRU) is based within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care which is one of Europe’s premier university departments of population health sciences. The Unit makes a major contribution to clinical teaching within the Cambridge Clinical School, to postgraduate education by supporting Masters and PhD students and Academic Clinical Fellows, and to research. Research hosted within the unit includes the Diabetes & Cardiovascular Disease Group, the Behavioural Science Group, a Department of Health Policy Research Unit on Behaviour and Health, the Cancer, Genetics and Palliative Care Group, and the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research.  The Head of the Unit is Professor Martin Roland.

The East of England Deanery, in collaboration with the General Practice & Primary Care Research Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, will jointly offer 1 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow post and 1 locally funded NIHR recognised post to start in August 2012.  Training is fully integrated into the highly regarded Cambridge GPST programmes, and an academic strand will be maintained across the whole four-year period tailored to the post-holder’s needs.  Training will be based in the associated primary and secondary care trusts, with learning opportunities across the East of England Region R&D infrastructure. Academic Clinical Fellows 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 12 – 18 months in hospital posts.  They will then spend 50% of their time in the academic environment, and remainder in general practice, possibly with some community posts.  The academic programme incorporates generic research methods training and completion of a specific project under the supervision of a senior GP academic with a view to developing an application for a doctoral training fellowship.

Strong candidates with an interest in primary care research or medical education are encouraged.  Successful applicants will be encouraged to take the Masters in Clinical Sciences (Primary Care) 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 attachment will include experiential learning about primary care research and medical education leading to journal publication.  Clinical training will focus on the generalist clinical knowledge base and special skills in the area of research interest.

We are also able to offer one NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow post with a particular interest in the public health aspects of general practice to start in August 2012. Strong candidates with a particular interest in public health research are encouraged.  Successful applicants will be encouraged to take the Masters in Public Health 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 attachment will include experiential learning about primary care and public health research and medical education leading to journal publication.  Clinical training will focus on the generalist clinical knowledge base and special skills in the area of research interest.

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ProfileEast of England Deanery - Norwich Medical school, University of East Anglia
2 locally funded posts

Health services research and medical education
75% clinical / 25% academic averaged across 4 years

The East of England Deanery in collaboration with the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia, offer two locally funded NIHR recognised Academic Clinical Fellow posts which are attached to the Primary Care & Health Services Research Group, starting in August 2012. Primary Care is led by Professor Amanda Howe MEd MD FRCGP, and has 7 fulltime academics, 6 GP practice development tutors supporting 65 teaching practices, and a number of postgraduates involved in research and medical education. There is a strong programme of interdisciplinary research and teaching across the faculty which includes many opportunities to be trained for educational roles in undergraduate and postgraduate fields. The ACF will also have the full support of the academic resources of the Faculty of Health which has a proven track record in research in the UK and internationally.
Academic training is integrated with the East of England Deanery GPST Programmes in the Norwich, and a flexible academic and clinical training plan is created to best fit the needs for the post holders. The applicant should be able to demonstrate a high level of interest in academic Primary Care, backed up if possible by relevant publications, prizes or distinctions; his/ her potential as a doctoral researcher; and demonstrate clarity about longer term career aspirations and how this Fellowship will provide opportunities for career development. Academic block study leave will be organised for attendance on courses to cover basic research skills. The academic attachment will comprise project work and regular supervision which will focus on developing the chosen research or education topics to prepare a suitable portfolio for post-appointment career interests, whether academic or fulltime clinical. The ACF will choose to pursue a particular research interest from within Primary Care, and will have the full support of the academic resources of the Faculty of Health. At the completion of the post the ACF will be expected to have completed CCT training, and also typically to have achieved a higher academic qualification from the University of East Anglia such as an MSc. The post holder will have been supported in developing an application for a competitive externally funded training fellowship.

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ProfileEast Midlands Deanery - University of Nottingham, Division of Primary Care
1 post

The appointed Academic Clinical Fellow will select a focus from within existing strengths of the Division of Primary Care which are: smoking cessation and tobacco control; smoking in pregnancy; accident prevention; applied genetics; safe and effective use of medicines; ethnicity, disadvantage and health and clinical epidemiology. The overall clinical: academic split is 75%: 25% but the balance of academic versus clinical work varies across the four programme years.
The Division of Primary Care is a thriving research environment, with 95% of research output judged of international standard in the last Research Assessment Exercise. We have substantial expertise on a range of methodologies covering the whole spectrum of health services research from qualitative interviews through to clinical trials and epidemiological research using large primary care medical records databases. The Division has a prominent national profile for research into smoking cessation (particularly in pregnancy), applied genetics, accident prevention, prescribing and clinical epidemiology. Senior academics are enthusiastic about developing junior colleagues’ research skills; the Division currently collaborates with the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery (EMHWD) GP Directorate to deliver academic training attachments for GP Registrars and host an Academic Training Programme as part of the Trent Foundation School. This is all in addition to our long-established, highly successful, in-house training programme for clinical lecturers. Divisional academics, therefore, have substantial experience of mentoring and supervising junior colleagues who are embarking on clinical research careers.
The Divisional has strong collaborations with the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health and contributes to the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies – a UK Centre of Public Health Excellence with an international reputation for tobacco control and smoking cessation research. The Division is also a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research which includes those English academic departments of primary care which have produced the most highly-rated research.
Academic training will be appropriate to the research undertaken by the ACF and will vary with the subject of research chosen. This will be closely integrated with clinical training which will be provided a local VTS scheme and overseen by the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Supervisors will be appointed for both academic and clinical training and both training programmes will be as integrated as possible. Post holders will make use of research infrastructure support from the National School for Primary Care Research and those who elect to work within, smoking cessation / tobacco control will be encouraged to forge collaborations with and use resources from the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies. All academic supervisors are adept at cross-disciplinary collaboration and ACFs will be supported in making their own links with researchers both within and outside of Nottingham, as appropriate. Although the overall clinical: academic mix is 75%: 25%, the initial 3 months and the final 9 months of the scheme will be divided approximately 50:50 between the academic department and general practice. In the intervening years of the programme, when the ACF works in hospital posts, approximately one half day per week will be devoted to academic work.

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ProfileEast Midlands Deanery - University of Leicester
1 post

Diabetes or Medical Oncology. 75% Clinical; 25% Academic

We offer a dynamic, modern environment for study and research, built on decades of highly respected achievement. It's a track record of innovation we believe few can match. The College has over one thousand staff and 3,000 students in its three schools, which cover the biological, medical and human sciences.
This means we offer a wide range of courses and expertise, with our quality recognised throughout the scientific community. As are our achievements, which include the development of DNA fingerprinting, vital advances in fighting heart disease, cancer and infection, and developments in forensic psychology.
With some of the newest purpose-built scientific accommodation in the country, and the friendliness and resources of the University and the city’s excellent facilities, you will understand why we attract leading scientists here - not to mention some of the most promising students from the UK and around the world!

This ACF programme will be a new GP Specialty training post for 2012 onwards and the detailed timetable for the 4 year programme will not be finalised until the successful candidate has been appointed. The priority in the first 2 years will be demonstrate evidence of satisfactory progression with the core requirements of the GP Curriculum, and it is expected that you will spend nearer 50% of your time in years 3 & 4 on the Academic research project. You will be training in a Practice with an Educational Supervisor who is enthusiastic and supportive of Research in Primary Care; this is essential in helping achieve the dual aims of an ACF.
We have 2 projects currently that would be suitable for GP Academic Clinical Fellowships:
General Practice
Project Lead: Professor Kamlesh Khunti ([email protected])
Management of micro-albuminuria in people with Type 2 diabetes in Primary Care
Medical Oncology
Project Lead: Dr Julian Barwell ([email protected])
Familial Cancer susceptibility in Black and Minority Ethnic groups

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ProfileKent, Surrey & Sussex Deanery - Brighton & Sussex Medical School
2 posts

Primary care health services research
75% Clinical; 25% Academic

The Division of Public Health and Primary Care at BSMS is led by Professor Helen Smith (General Practitioner and Public Health Physician). The Division has particular expertise in the design of pragmatic randomised trials to evaluate new technologies in the community. The group specialises in the use of mixed methodologies and has skills in anthropology (Dr Leslie Carlin), epidemiology (Dr Anjum Memon/Prof Jackie Cassell), psychology (Dr Carrie Llewellyn) and statistics (Dr Abid Razu). The group runs between 8-10 community based clinical trials and other studies at any one time. Current research focuses on allergy and atopic disorders, sexual health and sexually transmitted infection, and cancer (including oral, thyroid and skin). The group hosts the NIHR SE Primary Care Research Network with over 450 practices in six counties.
The 4 year specialty training post incorporates 75% general practice clinical training and 25% research and educational training. The first 18 months are mainly hospital based but the Fellow is encouraged to participate in Divisional Postgraduate Training activities and to plan their academic training programme early. The remaining period of placements are split between clinical general practice (50% or a minimum of 18 months in accredited GP training practice) and academic training in Division of Public Health and Primary Care (50%). The training as a GP Registrar will be in a local training practice involved in teaching and research.
Also the trainee will be involved in the weekly Divisional programme of seminars (medical education and research), journal club and ‘research in progress meetings’. Generic research training (credit bearing Masters degree course) is offered and the trainee will benefit from learning the practical aspects of conducting research by joining the research team of an ongoing study lead by a senior academic member of the Division. The ACF will meet formally with Prof Helen Smith on a regular basis to review progress. In house mentorship will be provided by a second senior academic within the Division.

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London Deanery - University College London, Department of Primary Care & Population Health
2 posts

Fellows will be encouraged to develop their research interests within one of the Department’s main research themes which are currently mental health, ageing, eHealth and cardiovascular disease. There will also be opportunities to get involved in community based medical education. 60% clinical; :40% academic in ST3. 40% clinical; 60% in ST4.
University College London Medical School (UCLMS), is one of the highest rated medical schools in the country and forms the largest element of UCL’s School of Life & Medical Sciences (SLMS).
The Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health (PCPH), within UCL’s Division of Population Health, is one of the largest departments of its kind in Europe encompassing a vibrant programme of internationally competitive multi-disciplinary research as well as a large programme of undergraduate medical education and postgraduate academic training. It is located on UCL’s Royal Free Campus in Hampstead. The Department’s strategic aim is to deliver high quality community-based teaching in public health and primary care, and to undertake a programme of internationally competitive multi-disciplinary research that addresses the management and prevention of disease in individuals and populations. Further details of the Department’s work can be found at

Academic Clinical Fellows will rotate during years one and two through a sequence of 4 x 6 month clinical posts as part of the Royal Free Hospital GP Specialist Training Programme. Research training will be weighted towards years three and four but Fellows will develop research links during years one and two in order to promote the integration of their clinical and academic training.

During years three and four Fellows will pursue an extended GP Registrar post in a local training practice which is also actively engaged in research and/or undergraduate education. Academic Clinical Fellows will, over these two years, develop their clinical competences as general practitioners while gaining in-depth exposure to academic primary care as they divide their time 60% clinical and 40% academic in year three; and 40% clinical, 60% academic in year four. Throughout the programme Fellows will be linked to one of our established research groups where, under the supervision of their research mentor, they will gain experience and training with a view to journal publication and development of an application for a competitive, externally funded research fellowship. Training in medical education will also be provided by the Department’s Primary Care Education Group and UCL’s Academic Centre for Medical Education.

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London Deanery - Queen Mary University of London (Barts)
1 post

Primary Care and Public Health. 505 Clinical; 50% Academic for third and fourth years
The Centre for Primary Care and Public Health is based in London’s vibrant and diverse East End. The Centre is part of the prestigious Blizard Institute and provides an unrivalled research environment. We are one of the UK’s top Primary Care research groups, ranking 4th in the UK in the last RAE. Research programmes include global health, self management programmes, vitamin D, respiratory illness, end of life care, migrant health, personalised medicine, TB, HIV and hepatitis. Located in new premises the Centre is an expanding, congenial place to work, offering:

  • UK CRN accredited Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit and NIHR Research Design Service

  • Translational Research Unit of the MRC Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma

  • A new Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit (HIPU)

  • Track record of NIHR Programme Grant and HTA trial funding

  • High media profile (work recently featured on BBC TV and radio including: Vitamin D as a treatment for TB; Low Emission Zone evaluation; euthanasia and end of life care)

Your four year training (75% clinical, 25% research) is provided by one of the excellent East London vocational training schemes (Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham) and the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Whitechapel. The first two years will be mainly clinical training, but with flexibility to start developing research skills, ideas and training.
ACFs choose an academic supervisor at the start of the post. You will receive methodological training from experts in a range of disciplines: These include:

  • Cluster randomised trials - Prof Sandra Eldridge (PCTU Lead)

  • Multi-method and policy research - Prof Trish Greenhalgh (HIPU Lead)

  • Global and public health policy - Prof Allyson Pollack

  • Translational research - Prof Chris Griffiths (TRU Lead)

  • Evidence synthesis - Prof Stephanie Taylor (Public Health)

  • Systematic reviews - Prof Khalid Khan (Women’s Health)

  • CTIMP trials and vitamin D - Dr Adrian Martineau (Infection)

  • Qualitative methodology - Prof Clive Seale (Medical Sociology)

  • Epidemiology; cohorts - Prof Seif Shaheen (epidemiology)

  • Medical Genetics - Prof Robert Walton (Genetics Lead)

The Centre has an excellent and supportive learning environment, currently with 12 PhDs, three NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturers, two GP academic ST4s, and an NIHR Methods Fellow in place.

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ProfileNorthern Deanery - Newcastle University
1 post

Ageing and chronic illness in primary care. 75% Clinical; 25% Academic

A warm welcome to academic training in the Northern Deanery!
The Northern Deanery, in collaboration with Newcastle University, is able to offer one NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACFs) in General Practice/Primary Care to start in August 2012. Training is fully integrated into the highly regarded Northern Deanery GPST programme, with appropriate day release for academic training. The ACF in General Practice is a 4 year specially training post incorporating 75% GP clinical training and 25% academic research training.  

This ACF post is attached to the Northumbria Vocational Training Scheme, one of the largest training schemes in England covering Newcastle and surrounding areas – from the Scottish Border down to Durham/Tees and the North East coast across to the Lakes. We offer a complete range of experience in general practice from rural to inner city including a wide variety of supervised hospital posts. People who come to train in the Northern Deanery get much more than just high quality training; we also provide first class exam preparation, excellent clinical and academic supervision and high calibre personal support.
Newcastle University has an extremely successful existing ACF scheme. The two ACF in General Practice/Primary care posts will access the support and mentorship provided by the Newcastle Clinical Academic Graduate School, with free access to taught courses on research methods including a comprehensive understanding of the processes involved in planning, conducting, analysing and writing up clinical research. There is also the possibility of undertaking additional research modules through Newcastle University Masters degree courses.

The academic programme of the ACF in General Practice will be based in Newcastle University’s Institute of Health and Society (IHS). The IHS is internationally recognised for its research, with well established research groups ( Successful candidates will be encouraged to undertake research related to these areas of expertise. The programme incorporates generic research methods training, completion of a research project under the supervision of a senior clinical academic and to develop an application for an externally funded doctoral award.

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North Western Deanery - Manchester Medical School
2 posts

Medical Education and Communication. Health Sciences Research – multi-morbidity, self-management, mental health, patient safety and quality, policy and organisation. 50% clinical/academic split in ST3 and ST4

The training will be based in the South Manchester PCT and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Successful candidates will be linked throughout the 4 years to experienced training practices with academic links in education & research in Chapel en le Frith (Derbyshire) and Wythenshawe (South Manchester). The posts will be supported by the Primary Care Research Group which has outstanding expertise in primary care research and the Manchester Medical School with expertise in medical education. The Primary Care Research Group sits in the School of Community Based Medicine and research staff include clinicians, sociologists, economists, psychologists, anthropologists, epidemiologists and statisticians. This research group is one of the eight institutions in the National School for Primary Care Research. Research staff in the Primary Care Research Group will provide support for both the research post and the research component of the education post.

The academic clinical fellow posts have been designed to provide the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in research methods (MRes) or in medical education (MEd) alongside clinical training, in addition to participating in local research and education programmes. The Manchester University Masters in Research (MRes Health & Community) or Masters in Medical Education at either Dundee (MEd) or Cardiff (MSc in Medical Education) are the recommended degrees. The multi-disciplinary MRes is run from the Division of Primary Care and has been designed to lead in to a PhD programme. Choice of registering on other courses may be available.

The programme will be 1 year of hospital based training followed by 1 year a mixture of hospital and primary care training with a day a week for academic work. The final 2 years will be at GP ST3 level with 50% attachment to the Academic Unit to complete the Masters Degree.

At the end of four years doctors in the primary care academic clinical fellow’s posts will be able to:

  • Apply for the Certificate of Completion of Training for General Practice Specialty training i.e. have successfully completed workplace based assessment, the applied knowledge test and the clinical skills assessment.
  • Have completed a Masters degree in Research (MRes) or Education (MEd or MSc) and demonstrated:
    • Masters level understanding of the theory of research /education
    • The ability to define a research question, select appropriate methods, carry out and analyse a research project of their choice in primary care / medical education
    • The ability to write and complete a dissertation on a research project of their choice
    • The ability to teach / assess health professionals in training as appropriate
    • The ability to critically appraise the evidence base for clinical practice / education
    • Developed a first class application for PhD training

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Oxford Deanery - Primary Care Health Sciences, Oxford University
2 posts

Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, Paediatrics, Cancer, Diagnosis and Monitoring, Prognosis, Systematic Reviews, Clinical Trials, Patient Experience, Chronic Disease, Evidence Based Medicine and Health Policy. 80% Clinical; 20% Academic during 1st GP attachment at ST1 or ST2, 50% each during ST3 and ST4.

The Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at Oxford University is the top ranked UK department of primary care. The Head of Department, Professor Richard Hobbs is the head of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research and the Department collaborates widely with partner universities within the School. Research themes in the department are Monitoring and Diagnosis, Primary Care Paediatrics, Diabetes and Vascular Disease, Evidence-Based Medicine, Infectious Disease, Cancer, Health Experiences, Tobacco Addiction, International (with a focus on resource poor environments) and Health Services and Policy.

 The Department offers great opportunities for research training and working alongside leading primary care academics. All ACFs can undertake modules of the Evidence-Based Healthcare Masters programme providing training in study design, statistics, ethics, systematic reviewing, diagnosis and clinical prediction among other topics. You will have an academic supervisor to act as a mentor and offer support and guidance during your ACF post and they will facilitate development of projects with researchers in the department. You will be encouraged and supported to present your work at national meetings as well as publications in peer reviewed journals. The ACF programme at Oxford will prepare you for a fascinating career in primary care research and we will support you in preparing applications for doctoral training programmes towards the end of the ACF post.

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Severn Deanery - University of Bristol
2 posts (plus one locally funded)

Research (2) Education (1)
75% clinical; 25% academic over 4 years

The Academic Unit of Primary Health Care is one of the leading centres for research and teaching in primary health care in the UK and provides an excellent environment for an aspiring academic general practitioner. The Head of the Unit is Professor Chris Salisbury. We conduct high quality research relating to primary care, addressing questions of high priority to the NHS. Research themes include important clinical areas such as infection, mental health, domestic violence, and cardiovascular disease, as well as wider questions of great importance for health policy, for example the organisation of care and evaluation of new models of service delivery. The Unit has been very successful in obtaining high quality external research grant funding from the MRC, Wellcome Trust and NIHR and regularly publishes papers in high impact journals. In 2006 we became a founder member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, recognising the excellence of our research. This status was renewed following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise where 70% of our research submission was rated either 3* or 4* (internationally excellent or world leading) We also provide well-received teaching to medical students in all five years of the curriculum. .We have an excellent track record of supporting clinical academic staff to obtain competitive research training and post doctoral fellowships from a number of different bodies, including the MRC and NIIHR. The Unit is part of the School of Social and Community Medicine which allows collaboration with experts from a range of related disciplines in particular epidemiologists, public health researchers, medical statisticians, social scientists and health economists. The Unit works closely with the GP School in the Severn Institute, part of the SW Postgraduate Deanery and has excellent relationships with the local PCTs, acute trusts and the SW PCRN.

This programme will provide a two phase, four year training programme. The first phase (two years) offers one 6 month post in general practice and four, 4 or 6 month hospital posts in appropriate specialties. Phase 2 provides two years of integrated academic general practice, with time divided equally between the Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol, and training as a GP registrar in a local practice recognised for undergraduate teaching, accredited for vocational training and highly research-active. The training will be based in Bristol with hospital posts based at University Hospitals Bristol, Avon-Wiltshire Partnership and the North Bristol Trust and GP placements within NHS Bristol (the main local PCT). The academic programme incorporates generic research methods training and completion of a specific project under the supervision of a senior GP academic. You will be encouraged to develop your research interests in line with those of the department and to develop an application for an externally funded PhD award. There is also the possibility of undertaking a distance learning Masters through the NIHR School for Primary Care Research or if appropriate the Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals at Certificate, Diploma or Master’s level.

You will have an academic GP mentor whom you will meet regularly during the two year hospital phase and who will oversee your academic progress throughout the four year programme.

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South West Peninsula Deanery - Peninsula Medical School’s Institute of Health Service Research
1 post

General practice, primary care and health services research
75% clinical; 25% Academic

Professor John Campbell is the Academic Lead and Dr Richard Byng the Academic Supervisor for SW Peninsula Deanery GP ACF trainees. The research is primarily carried out during years 3 and 4 and will be based with the Primary Care Group, in Exeter or Plymouth which is a part of the Peninsula Medical School’s Institute of Health Service Research.  ACFs will either create their own bespoke training, based on needs, or sign up for a course, such as a distance learning research masters. This will ensure they develop an understanding of a range of methods. ACF’s will have a mentor/academic supervisor from the start to support decision making, involvement and help sort out problems.

The South West Peninsula Deanery and Peninsula Medical School offer one NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship for GPs commencing in August 2012. The scheme presently centres on our Exeter base, but opportunities may exist for candidates who might wish to train elsewhere in Devon or Cornwall.

This fully integrated clinical and research training programme will provide important opportunities for Academic Clinical Fellows to benefit from high quality clinical training and innovative research training. Fellowships will be tailored to successful appointees' academic aspirations and previous experience. Mentorship will be provided by named academics and clinical GP specialists. A stepped approach to academic training will be provided - again this being tailored to the successful appointee. The goal of the post is to enable Fellows to undertake basic research training, possibly including a Masters level qualification, and thus being in a strong position to apply for externally funded higher degree (MD/PhD) training opportunities (whilst still retaining clinical practice) at the end of the Fellowship.

We are seeking applications from academically able and interested individuals at the outset of their general practice training. Local opportunities exist for attachment to experts with a range of methodological expertise encompassing basic and behavioural sciences and a full range of research methodologies from evidence synthesis to qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Peninsula Medical School is an ambitious, innovative, and recently established institution providing an unparalleled geographical and academic setting for the training of tomorrow's GPs/primary care academics. The primary care research group was returned in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise; research interests include primary care based health services research, the assessment of quality of primary care especially focussing on the patient's experience of care, complex trials in primary care, and mental health and diabetes care in primary care.

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Wessex Deanery - University of Southampton
1 post

Novel approaches - including internet technology – to improve the self management of acute and chronic conditions; antibiotic resistance and the management of acute infections.
50:50 Clinical:Academic split.

 The Southampton Primary Medical Care group was ranked third highest primary care group for research quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, when 85% of its research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’. Particular research strengths include acute illnesses such as acute infections; back pain; mental health particularly depression; osteoporosis; patient empowerment; internet based interventions, health promotion including dietary intervention and exercise for hypertension or obesity; and complementary and alternative medicines. The group has strong links with health psychology, social statistics, health sciences, and computing sciences within the University and Students and The Southampton Primary Care Group is a member of The NIHR School for Primary Care Research which is a partnership between the eight leading academic centres for primary care research in England.

The training programme is 4 years in length. Within the first 2 years, eighteen months will be spent in GP appropriate hospital training posts and 6 months spent full time in an approved GP training practice within the Southampton, SW Hampshire and Channel Islands patch of the Wessex Deanery. Year 3 will include 2 days in general practice, a day at the Southampton Day Release Course and 2 days working in academic general practice. Year four will include 2 days in general practice and 3 days in academic general practice. Fellows will be co-supervised by clinical academics in primary medical care and basic scientists. Clinically they will be supervised by an educational supervisor. They will also be supported to develop national and international links, through existing collaborations, where appropriate. Post holders have the opportunity to obtain an MSc in Research methods, to participate as collaborators in ongoing projects, and supported to work up their own protocols for funding applications.

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ProfileWest Midlands Deanery - Birmingham Medical School
2 posts

Cardiovascular disease, Cancer and Chronic disease, Behavioural change (exercise, smoking cessation), mental health, rehabilitation and quality in primary care.
60% clinical; :40% academic in ST3. 40% clinical; 60% in ST4

Birmingham is one of the largest and most successful academic centres for primary care in Europe. A founding member of the National School for Primary Care Research, PCCS was ranked top primary care centre in the UK on quality weighted research volume in the national ranking of the RAE 2008. Since 2000, external research income within the groups exceeded £25 million, around a third each from the MRC and NIHR, and 25% from medical charities.

We are also one of the most successful centres in the UK for primary care career development in terms of numbers of nationally awarded research training fellowships and senior scientist awards - we are experienced in assisting onward progression from schemes such as this one. Based in excellent premises on the central and attractive Birmingham campus, PCCS provides a collegiate and supportive environment, with a strong emphasis on mentoring, and on personal as well as academic supervision. Birmingham itself has emerged as one of the most attractive and vibrant cities in Europe over the past 2 decades with world class music and arts, top flight sports, fine theatre and dining to complement the open green spaces and attractive affordable housing.

Successful applicants will join the Birmingham Vocational Training Scheme and be supported by the Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham. During the academic component trainees will have one of three options: 1. Register for a Masters Degree in Primary Care, with a mainly research track, 2. Register for a Masters Degree in Primary Care, with mainly an advanced clinical practice track, 3. Register for an MSc with an education track. ACFs will be embedded within one of the research or teaching teams during their time in the department. The ST3/ST4 years will be extended by one year to complete training in August 2011 and will generally have a service:academic split of 60:40 in ST3 followed by 40:60 in ST4. Trainees will attend the South Birmingham or Heart of Birmingham VTS depending on the location of their practice.

Heart of Birmingham tPCT
Heart of Birmingham (HoB) is an exciting area close to the City Centre. Our areas include some of Birmingham’s poorest, most deprived neighbourhoods as well as the affluent, vibrant shopping and business districts in the city centre. Attached to an academic training practice you will have an opportunity to experience the unique features of the people of HoB. People from the Black and Asian communities represent over 70% of our local population with over 100 languages spoken. As a Teaching PCT we lead the way with a variety of learning opportunities for all staff groups including protected learning time each month. Research is also embedded into our activities and reflects our unique challenges with health inequalities.
The local area is on the verge of transformation as part of the Right Care Right Here Programme (RCRH) programme which has been described as “the most ambitious health transformation in the UK”.

South Birmingham PCT
The South Birmingham post is funded by the Primary Care
Research Trust and is particularly suitable for those with a research interest.
South Birmingham PCT commissions services for a population of 383,000 from 64 GP practices, 70 General Dental Practitioners, 85 local Pharmacists, and 51 local Opticians., as well as providing primary care services for the local population and specialist services for a wider population. The post holder will be attached to a local practice with particular research interests. The University of Birmingham is situated within South Birmingham PCT facilitating easy access between the constituent parts of the post

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ProfileWest Midlands Deanery - Keele University
1 post

Musculoskeletal Medicine, Consultation Epidemiology, Qualitative Research Methods, Medical Education. ST3: 40% Academic, 60% Clinical. ST4: 60% Academic, 40% Clinical

Keele’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre has an international reputation in applied clinical research in the management of musculoskeletal conditions, an excellent track record in developing early experience researchers, and undertakes high quality clinical research which is published in the main journals in the field of General Medicine, General Practice, Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal Pain and Epidemiology, and is underpinned by a portfolio of prestigious grant funding. Our research has a big impact on clinical practice and service development, through our strong NHS partnerships, and our links to clinical guideline groups such as NICE, RCGP, EULAR and ARMA. Trainees will therefore enter a highly supportive clinical academic environment to enable them to develop a competitive portfolio of research, and to complete clinical training in General Practice.

 The Centre's core research programmes focus on preventing, and managing, musculoskeletal disorders in primary care, funded by research grants totalling more than £34 million from the MRC, NIHR, Wellcome Trust and Arthritis Research UK. In 2008, in recognition of excellence in research capacity building and applied research in musculoskeletal research, Arthritis Research UK awarded the unit the status of Centre of Excellence and in 2009 the Centre was admitted to the NIHR National School for Primary Care Research following the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise in which 80% of our research was rated as being of international quality.

The Keele programme provides an integrated clinical and academic training configured to support participation in our modular Master’s programme. The Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) at Keele is now delivered entirely through the Masters in Medical Science, where negotiated study leave secures protected time for participants to undertake structured academic training and a supervised project for publication. Mentorship is provided by academics at the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University.

The first two years of the training programme involve standard hospital-based training. In years 3 and 4, trainees are attached to a University-linked general practice for clinical training and spend 40% of their time in year 1 and 60% in year 2 undertaking an original piece of research training at the University. In addition to completing their supervised project for publication, trainees will be supported to develop an application for a PhD Fellowship for submission to an external funder as the next step in their career progression.

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Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery - Hull York Medical School
1 post

Mental health; Communication and decision making; Cancer and primary care; Palliative medicine; Health inequalities. 75% clinical, 25% academic over 4 years

This post will be embedded within the Centre for Health and Population Sciences within the Hull York Medical School. This will enable the trainee to obtain research support and supervision from colleagues with a range of expertise within population science. We will provide supervision and training throughout the programme so that the post holder will gain a basic understanding of research processes and methodologies as used in health services and primary care research. The trainee will be given a specific academic supervisor for the duration of their training programme but will be encouraged to engage with and collaborate with colleagues across HYMS. Although they will be expected to develop their own research, we will encourage this to be within one of the themes within the Centre. These include mental health, communication and decision making, cancer and primary care, palliative medicine and health inequalities.

Opportunities include the option of obtaining research methods training through undertaking a MSc in Health Services Research within the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, conducting a systematic literature review, or a pilot/exploratory research project, to help inform and develop a proposal for an externally funded research training fellowship (this will serve as dissertation for the MSc). It is anticipated that this grounding in research will enable the trainee to submit an application for research training fellowship in a national competition (from the MRC, Department of Health, Wellcome Trust, or other research charity).

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Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery
University of Sheffield
1 post

Diabetes; MSK medicine; Depression and the community care of neurological conditions; Self-management; Shared decision making; Medicines adherence. 75% clinical, 25% academic over 4 years.

The Yorkshire and Humber School of Primary Care and the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care (AUPMC) in Sheffield offer one NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Practice in 2012. Primary care research in AUPMC focuses on diabetes, MSK medicine, depression and the community care of neurological conditions. The themes underpinning this research are self-management, shared decision making and medicines adherence. This includes using qualitative and quantitative methodology to explore measure and assess management in primary care and general practice. The AUPMC provide a broad range of research interest and methodological experience which we anticipate will lead to an academic career. General practice is a setting that offers fruitful collaboration with a number of other specialities and disciplines both in the UK and abroad.

The first two years of the training programme involve standard GP training in hospital training posts in South Yorkshire. In years 3 and 4, trainees are attached to a general training practice linked to the AUPMC through the ‘Cutler Group’ of research practices with about 50% of their time devoted to clinical training and 50% to research training and carrying out a supervised project. In addition to completing their supervised project for publication, trainees will be supported to develop an application for a PhD Fellowship for submission to an external funder as the next step in their career progression.

The post holder will have an opportunity to undertake modules from the Masters in Clinical Research, a course open to all ACF in Sheffield.

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