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2020 NIHR ACF PES Lancaster Platform Science and Bioinformatics



2020 NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Priority Research Themes

HEE Local Office: North West
Medical School: Lancaster University
Research Theme: Platform Science and Bioinformatics
Specialty Options: General Practice or Paediatrics or Public Health Medicine

Plain English Summary

The Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) is a programme where a doctor in training has dedicated time to develop research skills alongside clinical training to be a specialist in paediatrics, public health or general practice (GP). They typically last three years with about 25% of time at Lancaster University. The doctor usually take a Masters in Clinical Research and undertakes a research projects with researchers from the University.

The aims of the fellowship are to expose the doctors to research opportunities that might be difficult in busy clinical jobs. During the programme, the doctor is supported to apply for funding to undertake a higher degree (PhD).

Design and Methods
This fellowship is based in the Centre for Health Informatics, Computing, and Statistics (CHICAS) ( This centre conducts research on large numbers of anonymised patient records from hospitals, GP surgeries or elsewhere to answer important questions regards patients’ health. The successful doctor will be supported to conduct their own research question based on their speciality (child health, population medicine or GP).

Patient and Public Involvement
The University of Lancaster hosts the Research Design Service. The doctor will work with them to obtain funding to involve patients and or the public in their research.

This will depend on the project. Most doctors will write up their research as part of their Master’s Degree and publish in academic journals. There is funding available for the doctor to present their work at a conference.