NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for Doctors and Dentists
NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) allow medical and dental trainees to undertake 25% research and 75% clinical training over 3 years (4 years for GPs) and Clinical Lectureships (CLs) allow trainees to undertake 50% research and 50% clinical training over 4 years. The posts are allocated to institutional partnerships of University, NHS Organisations/ Trusts and Local Education Training Boards (LETBs), the latter having taken over the functions of Postgraduate Deaneries from April 2013 onwards. Academic trainees are recruited by the LETBs through open competition via a nationally developed process for academic recruitment run by NIHR TCC.
The schemes were initially developed through an Implementation Group, then maintained by a Task and Finish Group and now continued support is offered by an Advisory Panel that works with the Dean for NIHR Faculty Trainees, Professor Jim Neilson. The Advisory Panel is supported by NIHR TCC as secretariat, and has advised NIHR on arrangements for ensuring the success of schemes within the Integrated Academic Training Pathway for Doctors and Dentists.
The programme is broken down as follows:
NIHR ACFs and CLs are appointed through selected Academic Programmes. These Programmes have been awarded to University/NHS Trust/LETB partnerships via formula allocation and rounds of competition. Approximately 250 NIHR ACFs and 100 NIHR CLs are available annually for medics and a further 22 NIHR ACFs and 10 NIHR CLs are available annually for dentists.
With current arrangements, 100% of funding for each post comes from a Department of Health R&D budget that is supported directly by funding from the Treasury. This funding supports both academic and clinical components of training (but does not include banding). The funding package also covers management costs of the scheme locally, a yearly bursary for the trainee to attend scientific meetings, and funding for ACFs to access locally-organised academic training programmes. Clinical training courses should be funded by the LETB as for any other clinical trainee. Funding arrangements do not now require LETBs to part-fund posts, switch funding from standard clinical training posts, or arrange back-fill.
NIHR In-Practice Fellowships (IPFs)
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