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ACAF Round 3 Public Minutes


Published: 23 January 2024

Version: 1.0 - January 2024

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Meeting: NHSE/NIHR Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship Scheme – Round 3

Date: 22-23 November 2023

Place: DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds City Centre, Granary Wharf, 2 Wharf Approach, Leeds LS1 4BR


Selection Committee Members

Professor Rachel Elliot (Chair), University of Manchester
Professor Lee Shepstone (Deputy Chair), University of East Anglia
Professor Stephen Campbell, University of Manchester
Professor Liz Hughes, Edinburgh Napier University
Professor Fiona Jones, Kingston University and St Georges
Professor Jo Patterson, University of Liverpool
Professor Madeleine Grealy, University of Strathclyde
Professor Parveen Ali, Sheffield University
Professor Andy Nisbet, University College London
Professor Delyth Higman James, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Professor Isaac O. Sorinola, London Metropolitan University
Professor Bhuvaneswari Bilberaaj, University of Salford

Patient and Public Involvement Members

Derek Jones
Cheryl Gowar

NIHR Staff

Dr James Fenton (Assistant Director)
Richard Millham (ACAF Senior Programme Manager)
Lydia Roberts (Programme Manager)


Kate Hawley (PPI) Day 1
Jason Farrar (NIHR Academy) Day 1
Helen Mann (NIHR Academy) Day 2


Professor Liz Hughes, Edinburgh Napier University

Discussion of Applications

The total number of applications for this round was 12, all of which were deemed eligible for consideration. The Selection Committee shortlisted 6 applicants, of which all 6 were shortlisted for interview following peer review. 5 of the shortlisted applicants subsequently attended an interview, one candidate differed and will be interviewed with the next cohort.

Funding Committee Recommendations

ReferenceResearch Title
(Where applicable)
RecommendationConditional Award
NIHR303561 A novel AI-enabled Measure of early systolic function to guide management of heart failure. Fund Conditional
NIHR303566 INVEST: Refining, evaluating, and implementing an INtegrated VEStibular physiotherapy and cognitive-behavioural Treatment for people with persistent dizziness. Fund Conditional 
NIHR303578 Better Balance-NMD+: Developing pragmatic and innovative interventions to optimise physical function in neuromuscular diseases and related conditions. Decline N/A
NIHR303559 Home-based treatment for chronic hand pain: co-adaptation and implementation of a digital hand-illusion intervention. Decline N/A
NIHR303557 Courage of Compassion ‘into’ practice: development, implementation, and evaluation of a system-level framework to support/improve nurses psychological wellbeing in the English NHS. Decline N/A
NIHR303558 Stratified Interventions for Breathlessness (StrIve for Breath). Decline N/A
NIHR303564 Investigation into the diagnosis, management and prevention of intravascular catheter bloodstream infection to improve clarity and reduce infections for the benefit of patients. Decline N/A
NIHR303562 Adapting, evaluating and validating the Dynamic Imaging Grade of Swallowing Toxicity for Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (DIGEST-FEES) in Stroke. Decline N/A
NIHR303553 Improving the use of analgesic medicines for people with persistent low back pain, following a patient-centred approach. Decline N/A
NIHR303563 Persistent ankle symptoms following a primary ankle sprain; Why do symptoms persist and does early intervention have the potential to improve patient outcomes. Decline N/A
NIHR303551 The ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase / phosphodiesterase 1 (NPP1), phosphoethanolamine / phosphocholine phosphatase 1 (PHOSPHO1), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) ratio: A novel blood test for targeting treatment in patients with non-healing bone injuries and other disorders of tissue mineralisation. A nonrandomised feasibility study for reducing inequality in outcome. Decline N/A