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NIHR Clinical Lectureships (Medical) Guidance for Recruitment and Appointment 2021



This guidance has been produced to support the selection of individuals for NIHR Clinical Lectureship (CL) and NIHR-recognised, locally-funded CL posts as part of Integrated Academic Training (IAT).

Applicants for an NIHR CL will be those in specialist training, or GPs who have completed their vocational training, that have completed a higher research degree. Those in specialist training will have completed a substantial period of clinical training. The CL provides opportunities for post-doctoral research and facilitates applications for further research funding for doctors working towards completion of specialty training.


The NIHR CL is one phase of the Integrated Academic Training Pathway recommended in the report Medically- and dentally-qualified academic staff: Recommendations for training the researchers and educators of the future. This report was produced by a joint Sub-Committee of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) and the NHS Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) to recommend initiatives that integrate the development of academic skills with each of the key stages of a clinician’s career.

The CL represents the second substantive phase of integrated clinical and academic training, which is intended to follow on from the Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) phase, when the trainee is in possession of a relevant PhD/MD. CLs are intended for those who can demonstrate outstanding potential through success at doctoral research that show further potential for development as a clinical academic in research and/or educational research.

Principles and Obligations

The NIHR, and other funders, have created a set of principles and obligations that all UK institutions and clinical trainees in receipt of nationally competitive funding for clinical academic research training are to adhere to. 

Clinical academic training must operate within a mentored, trainee-centred framework that is overseen by the University Medical Dean (or NHS Trust/Board/Local Authority equivalent) - through a designated academic lead - and the Postgraduate Dean. This training tripartite structure involving (1) the academic institution (where appropriate), (2) the NHS and (3) the trainee is responsible for adhering to the key features that are described in full in the Principles and Obligations Document.


The 2021 NIHR CL recruitment window opens on 1 March 2021 and closes on 30 June 2022. Candidates for the 2021 NIHR CLs must not commence in post before 1 April 2021 and must be active in post no later than 30 June 2022.


Doctors wishing to apply for an NIHR CL must already hold a higher research degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) in a relevant subject area and must be at a minimum level of ST3.

NIHR CLs are designed for those who have made satisfactory progress in both clinical and academic training. Trainees will have completed Foundation Training (or equivalent) and will have already had a substantial period of clinical training; therefore appointments may not be made at FY2, CMT, CST, IMT, ST1, or ST2.

Specialist Registrars (SpR) or Specialty Registrars (StR) may apply to this scheme. Doctors with specialist/ty experience (as an SHO, LAT or equivalent), who meet the entry criteria into specialty training may also apply, subject to them having completed a relevant PhD, MD, or equivalent.

The scheme is open to general practitioners (GPs) who have completed a PhD, MD, or equivalent and have completed their clinical training. Exceptional candidates nearing the end of their vocational training may also be considered.

NIHR CL posts are only available to medically-qualified candidates. Non-medical healthcare professions should reference the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme.

Candidates that have already completed one NIHR CL may not apply for another, but may apply for a locally-funded Clinical Lectureship.

Candidates with less than 1 year to gaining a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) may be more suited to an NIHR Advanced Fellowship, or other post-doctoral fellowship, rather than an NIHR CL.

Candidates may only apply if they have already submitted their PhD or MD thesis at the time of application. If the candidate’s thesis has not been submitted by the application closing date, then the candidate will be deemed ineligible. Successful candidates may not take up their post until their PhD or MD has been fully awarded. If this will not be before the 30 June 2022 deadline, then the candidate will be deemed ineligible for the 2021 round.

Dedicated Clinical Training

The 4-year duration of the NIHR CL may mean that a period of dedicated clinical training is appropriate, either before or after the post to enable the candidate to reach CCT.

Candidates should discuss whether they may require a period of dedicated clinical training, either before or after the CL, with their Training Programme Director prior to application.

Portability of Posts

NIHR CL posts are awarded to medical schools. HEE Local Offices do not have permission to move any posts from one medical school to another within their locality. If a medical school is unable to recruit in a particular GMC specialty then the NIHR Academy is to be informed; it must not be offered to another medical school within the same HEE Local Office boundary.

Recruitment and Selection

The following should be formulated prior to advertisement:

Person Specifications

These are required for the training programme as a whole (both clinical and academic).

Please refer to NIHR CL Supplementary Person Specification (Appendix 1).

Application Form(s)

These must assess both clinical and academic competence.

Please refer to NIHR CL Supplementary Questions (Appendix 2), which should be used in conjunction with questions to assess clinical competences.

ST Level

ST3 is the minimum entry level required for an NIHR CL post. If it would be more appropriate to offer a post at a higher level, e.g. ST5 or ST6 for surgical specialties, then partnerships may do so.

A description of the training and service requirements for the rotational placements

Training programme descriptions should provide suitable detail of the academic training component with an indication of how this is protected from clinical service.


The launch of the national recruitment round will be advertised on the NIHR website. The 2021 NIHR CLs may not be advertised and closed before the national launch. IAT partnerships may advertise their posts at any time during the recruitment round; however, the NIHR recommends that the recruitment process is started as early as possible.

IAT partnerships may advertise their CLs in up to three GMC specialties to provide flexibility in recruitment, if required.

Prospective candidates apply to the host partnership, not the NIHR, and will be directed to the relevant NIHR IAT Leads for information about the CLs.

IAT partnerships should inform the NIHR Academy via e-mail to stating when they are planning to advertise their posts and provide details of where their adverts will be placed. All posts must be advertised nationally; local advertisements are also permitted.

The NIHR strongly encourages partnerships to advertise the CLs on Oriel, as this will increase the national visibility of the CL vacancy. If the IAT partnership medical school is leading the recruitment process, an Information Only vacancy should be placed on Oriel. Members of the IAT partnership will need to work together in order to achieve this.

CLs awarded through the IAT Competition to support NIHR Priority Research Themes and the proposed research associated with the posts must be clearly described in the advertisements.

Partnerships should inform the NIHR Academy of when their CL interviews will be taking place, as members of NIHR Academy will be attending randomly selected interviews throughout the year.

Successful applicants must be able to take up post before the end of the recruitment window, therefore please allow enough time to advertise, shortlist, interview and where required, allow for notice periods to be given. The NIHR will not give extensions beyond the recruitment window deadline. Posts that are not filled ahead of the recruitment window deadline will be withdrawn.

Specialty Changes

All NIHR CLs are GMC specialty specific. Partnerships may only advertise and recruit to the GMC specialties that have been agreed with NIHR for 2021. Should it not be possible to recruit to one of the GMC specialties, partnerships should contact the NIHR Academy to request a change of GMC specialty.

Should changes to the approved GMC specialty spread be made without written authorisation from NIHR, then this may lead to the post being reclassified as a locally funded Clinical Lectureship and the associated NIHR funding being withdrawn.

Award of an NTN

Please note that applications for Academic Clinical Lecturer posts (including NIHR Clinical Lecturer posts) require candidates to hold a current NTN. If a number is not held the candidate would need to clinically benchmark to be able to take up the post. Clinical benchmarking can be achieved through application for specialty training within the national recruitment window where the minimal appointable score must be achieved. Trainees are responsible for ensuring that their clinical application is submitted within the appropriate recruitment round to ensure that they are benchmarked before the date that the post needs to commence.

For further information please visit Health Education England's Academic Clinical Lecturers page.

Please note: for candidates that require clinical benchmarking, this must be undertaken within the NIHR CL recruitment window enabling the candidate to be active in post by 30 June 2022.

Selection Process

The NIHR CL selection committee should be a joint committee representing the partner organisations that submitted a successful bid for funding, i.e. the Medical School, NHS Organisation, and the HEE Local Office. It is expected that CL candidates demonstrate strong progress in their clinical training to date. The committee must be constituted to assess clinical competence at the appropriate level and to assess academic quality and potential.

An Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP), or equivalent, may not to be used in place of the CL interview.

Interviews for recruitment to NIHR CL posts (and we would suggest locally-funded posts) should continue to be undertaken. Interviews should last at least thirty minutes.

Interviews will need to be conducted safely, both for candidates and recruitment staff (including all panel members), ensuring that the current government guidelines are followed. 

Partnerships are encouraged to undertake interviews for CL posts using online platforms such as Microsoft Teams/Zoom/Skype in order to adhere to current government guidelines regarding social distancing.

Should government social distancing guidelines change, and holding face-to-face interviews in a safe manner is feasible, this will be at each IAT partnership’s discretion but you are strongly advised to clarify this with both NIHR Academy and MDRS.

Membership of the NIHR CL selection committee should have appropriate representation that reflects the IAT partnership offering the CL programme and specialty. While interviews are being conducted digitally, panel members should be kept to a minimum. Panel members may assume more than one role on the panel.

Attendees should include:

  • A lay representative (if available)
  • The lead of the NIHR CL training programme, or their representative
  • The Chair of the HEE Local Office Training Committee or the Training Programme Director
  • Representation from the relevant academic community
  • Representation from a Teaching Hospital Trust
  • Representation from the HEE Local Office
  • An independent member (wherever possible, from outside the HEE Local Office boundary).

For GPs the committee must include, as appropriate:

  • The lead of the NIHR CL training programme, or their representative
  • Representation from the relevant academic community
  • The HEE Local Office Director of Postgraduate GP Education
  • The Chief Executive or their nominee from the relevant NHS organisation
  • An independent member (wherever possible, from outside the HEE Local Office boundary)
  • A Senior Member/Partner from the relevant practice.

To ensure the smooth-running of digital interviews, we recommend a Recruitment Officer assists with the process. Recruitment Officers are usually senior administrators in the HEE Local Office/Deanery or HEI IAT administrators hosting the interviews, and act as the point of contact for messages handled via helplines, escalating them appropriately. The Recruitment Officer should be present during each digital interview to support the selection committee and manage candidates entering and leaving the interviews.

Selection Criteria

The criteria at short-listing and interview for assessing candidates should be derived directly from the person specification, including academic aptitude and commitment to an academic career, and the training and service requirements. Please refer to the NIHR CL Supplementary Person Specification for assessment of academic competences.

The following should be remembered when formulating the selection criteria:

  • The duration of an NIHR CL will be for a maximum of 4 years at 1.0 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) or until CCT is reached
  • Candidates with less than 1 year to CCT may be more suited to an NIHR Advanced Fellowship or other post-doctoral fellowship, rather than an NIHR CL
  • NIHR CLs are intended to offer training to those who have already demonstrated outstanding potential through success at doctoral level research
  • NIHR CLs are intended for those who show further potential for development as clinical academics in research and/or education research, with demonstration of potential to act as independent researchers and leaders in their chosen field
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate clear medium- and long-term career goals
  • The CL post requires the trainee to spend 50% of their time undergoing academic training combined with clinical training in the remaining 50%
  • The NIHR CL will provide the trainee the opportunity to complete their clinical training in conjunction with post-doctoral research career development or higher educational training
  • It is expected that a substantial number of the trainees will, where appropriate, apply for a further, peer-reviewed, externally-funded post-doctoral training award (such as an NIHR Advanced Fellowship) or an award to support further training as an education researcher

The committee should also refer to the eligibility criteria as set out earlier in this document.

Additional information for GPs

NIHR funds GP CL posts at 100%.

The maximum amount of funding available is equivalent to the top of the pre-2003 consultant contract pay scale. Should partnerships wish to offer more than this amount, then they may do so from their own funding sources.

GPs will have completed their clinical training. Their academic training (50%) will thus be combined with clinical service (50%), as a salaried or self-employed GP.

GPs will be expected to engage in appropriate continuing professional development.


Post holders are, in most cases, employed by a Higher Education Institution (HEI), and hold an honorary contract with the appropriate NHS organisation. A few other contract models exist, including single contracts covering all aspects of the job, and the so-called A+B Contract, which are separate full contracts for the two parts of the job.

Details of how the employing partnership will manage the appointment should be agreed with the appointee and each appointment should be managed according to the established practices and needs of individual HEIs and local NHS organisations.

It is anticipated that appointments will reflect the principles outlined in the Follett Review of September 2001.

Options for Less than Full Time Working

NIHR CLs comprise 50% academic and 50% clinical training for up to 4 years (1.0 WTE).

Funding for Less Than Full Time (LTFT) CLs can be extended up to a maximum of 6 years, with a stipulation that the academic component must not fall below 0.33 WTE. The trainee should have input into how they would arrange the balance between academic and clinical training. Local selection committees should be able to advise on this matter should suitable candidates be identified.

Monitoring forms (post-recruitment and those reporting on annual progress) will need to make the LTFT arrangements and planned duration of the CL clear.

Guidance has been issued by the GMC with respect to LTFT academic trainees.

Please note the maximum duration of both full time and LTFT CL posts stated above does not include any periods of statutory leave taken during the post.

Out of Programme

No Out of Programme (OOP) activity, other than for statutory reasons, is allowed for NIHR CLs. Trainees can apply to their HEE Local Office to go out of programme for non-statutory reasons; however, this will end the NIHR funding and the trainee will return to a standard clinical training following the period of OOP. Any OOP must be prospectively agreed with the employing organisation.

Obtaining Relevant Research Experience at another Institution

NIHR CLs may wish to obtain relevant research experience at another institution. This is not the same as OOP.

Obtaining relevant research experience elsewhere is acceptable if it can be accommodated within the 50% academic time of the post and has the agreement of the Academic Programme Lead and Postgraduate Dean. Time spent at another institution to gain clinical experience is also possible; however, permission must be sought from the relevant authorities in order for this to count towards CCT. Partnerships must inform the NIHR before any trainee temporarily moves to obtain experience elsewhere.

Funding from NIHR will continue to be paid during any time taken at another institution. Should the trainee obtain external funding to cover this period of time away, then this would be regarded as the trainee having gained another fellowship and the NIHR CL post would end, with the trainee returning to standard clinical training once the external funding has come to an end.

Academic Appraisals and CCT Date

Structured postgraduate medical training is dependent on having curricula which clearly set out the standards and competences of practice, an assessment strategy to know whether those standards have been achieved and an infrastructure which supports a training environment within the context of service delivery.

The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) should, for the clinical academic trainee, involve review of both clinical and academic progress and therefore be undertaken by clinical and academic staff together. A general overview for reviewing the progression of trainees undertaking joint clinical and academic training programmes is provided in the Gold Guide 7th Edition.

A progress report for academic trainees is provided in the Gold Guide (Appendix 5).

The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) has formulated supplementary guidelines to aid trainees, supervisors, and assessors in reviewing academic training and progress.

Although progress on both clinical and academic fronts should be documented, and future training needs for both identified, a single outcome should be determined, with patient safety a dominant consideration.

Postgraduate Deans have agreed to consider an NIHR CL’s overall progress and take account of the time spent in research (if necessary) before issuing an ARCP Outcome 3.

Setting the Target CCT Date

NIHR expects assessment of clinical progress by academic trainees to be competence-based rather than simply time-based. NIHR also recognises that in, for example, craft specialties, trainees do need to undertake procedures on a number of occasions to become competent to perform the procedure independently, and that requires a variable period of time to complete.

Following discussions with the GMC, Postgraduate Deans, and others, the NIHR stance is that setting a target CCT date is best determined flexibly, and tailored to the needs of the individual trainee.

The target CCT date is best determined (as agreed by the GMC) at the first annual ARCP for CLs, when the trainee and supervisors can take stock of initial progress in the post.

The target CCT date may be exactly the same as it would be for a non-academic trainee, or it may be later than it would be for a non-academic trainee.

Once set, the CCT date can be extended further through the use of an ARCP Outcome 3. If there is a need to extend clinical training this should not necessarily be regarded as a failure.

In the event that an individual is unsuccessful in progressing academically, they will re-join a standard clinical training programme, or in the case of GPs or those that have completed clinical training, return to clinical service. Further information regarding the assessment of academic progress is available from the AMS.

Completion of an NIHR CL

The duration of an NIHR CL will be for a maximum of 4 years (1.0 WTE) or until CCT is reached. During this time the trainee combines 50% clinical specialty training with 50% academic training to complete a substantial piece of post-doctoral research.

It is expected that a significant number of the trainees will, where appropriate, apply for a further peer reviewed, post-doctoral training award such as an NIHR Advanced Fellowship.

For trainees who are not anticipated to reach CCT within the maximum 4 years funding of the NIHR CL post, arrangements will need to be put in place locally to enable the trainee to return to standard clinical training after the completion of the NIHR CL.

Obtaining another Fellowship

Where the trainee is successful in obtaining a further fellowship award, the NIHR CL will end. If the trainee has further clinical training to undertake, they will return to standard clinical training upon completion of the fellowship.

Extensions beyond CCT

NIHR expects the extension process described in this document to be followed for NIHR-recognised, locally-funded (badged) CL posts.

Extensions are not automatically given; they are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed to be granted.

Please note the process for extending a CL post beyond CCT does not apply to GP CLs, as they are fully qualified.


The option to apply for an extension post-CCT is open to all NIHR CLs, dependent on the CL submitting, among other documents, a supportive letter from their host Higher Education Institution (HEI) justifying the need for an extension, as detailed below.

If the trainee does not reach CCT by the end of the 4 year (1.0 WTE) CL post period, then no extensions will be considered by the NIHR.

Should a trainee reach and attain CCT at the end of the 4 year (1.0 WTE) period of funding for the post, then no extensions will be considered by NIHR. Should partnerships wish to continue to fund the post from another source beyond the 4 year maximum, then they may do so and the post will become a locally-funded CL.

Should a trainee reach and attain CCT earlier than the 4 year (1.0 WTE) period of funding for the post, then exceptionally an application can be made to NIHR to extend the post beyond CCT.

Applications for extension must be made at least 6 months prior to CCT.

A trainee that wishes to apply for an extension must have been appointed to their CL post with more than 12 months (1.0 WTE) remaining of their training at the time of application to the NIHR CL post. Trainees with less than 12 months (1.0 WTE) to CCT at the time of application to their NIHR CL post will be considered ineligible to apply for an extension beyond CCT.

Extensions may not be used to offer a post to a trainee who presents at interview with 6-12 months left before reaching CCT and immediately request an extension of the CL post-CCT.

Extension Duration

On reaching CCT the NIHR CL will have completed clinical training. It is anticipated that the request to prolong the post beyond CCT is to acquire additional academic competencies to enable the individual to make the transition to research independence. It is expected that the majority of activity will be research orientated.

The duration of the CL extension will be no more than 1 year (1.0 WTE).

Except in exceptional circumstances, post-CCT CLs must reduce their clinical commitments to 2 clinical sessions per week, which should be sufficient to maintain clinical skills and remain appointable as a NHS consultant. Those employed in the craft specialties may undertake up to 4 clinical sessions per week, with the extension request accompanied by an explanation for this requirement.

Employer and Responsible Officer

The CL will remain employed by the Higher Education Institution (HEI), or substantive employer post-CCT with an honorary contract with a NHS Trust. The Medical Director of the associated Trust will become the responsible officer, post-CCT. The CL post-CCT will need to be appraised jointly, both clinically and academically, via the Follett Report principles with adherence to the joint working checklist, with academic progression managed by the substantive employer’s HR processes.

Extension Process

Eligible NIHR CLs that wish to invoke the extension must gain prospective approval for the extension from their Postgraduate Dean.

Following approval from the Postgraduate Dean to extend the CL post beyond CCT, the trainee will need to coordinate the submission of the following documentation via their HEE local office.

Cover Letter

Addressing the following points:

  • NIHR CL Start Date
  • Target CCT date
  • The extension request has the approval of the Postgraduate Dean
  • The intended academic/clinical time split

Trainee Statement of Intent (1-2 pages)

Addressing, for example, the following points as befits the personal circumstances of the individual:

  • What are your career ambitions?
  • What research and academic training will be undertaken during the extension?
  • What will your clinical duties consist of?
  • Are there any publications in preparation / under review?
  • What stage are you at with applications for further funding (grants/fellowships etc.)?
  • If a fellowships application has been submitted but was unsuccessful, what steps are being taken to address the feedback?
  • What is the intended submission date for a future fellowship / grant application?
  • What support is the host institutional partnership offering to facilitate applications for further funding?
  • In the event that the fellowship or grant application is unsuccessful, will the host institution provide bridging funding?
  • Has the host institution offered a substantive post at the end of the NIHR CL award?

Letters of Support

Indicating how the CL will benefit from the extension both academically and clinically from the following:

  • The NIHR Academic IAT Lead
  • The academic supervisor
  • The clinical supervisor/Training Programme Director
  • The host HEI, justifying the need for extension. Commitment from the academic institution should also include a post-CCT job plan

To discuss extensions further on a case-by-case basis, please contact


HEE Local Offices are required to provide up-to-date information on NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship, NIHR Clinical Lectureship, and locally-funded NIHR-recognised Clinical Lectureship posts, as per the Service Level Agreement between the Department of Health and Social Care and HEE.

Funding for the 2021 allocation of posts will come from the Department of Health and Social Care Science, Research, and Evidence Directorate funding stream and not through the workforce funding streams.

It is important that HEE Local Offices provide information on available and filled posts in a timely manner to ensure that candidates and potential candidates have accurate information.

NIHR CL Supplementary Question Guidance

In addition to the application form please ensure that you meet the criteria in the NIHR CL Supplementary Person Specification (Appendix 1) and eligibility criteria outlined in the main section of this document.

Academic Achievement and Professional Qualifications

University attended

Please provide the name of the university or universities that you have attended with dates where you gained your professional or academic qualifications. For each, please name the Department or School where you were based for your study.


Please provide all the qualifications that you have achieved, which you feel are relevant to your application for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship. Where a class or grade was associated with your qualification, please provide this information. The date and awarding body of your qualification(s) should also be provided. Please note that original certificates will be requested at interview.

Prizes or other academic distinctions

Please list any prizes or academic distinctions (maximum of six), which you have gained and provide the date of award and the awarding body for each.

Key and Relevant Academic Achievements

Prizes and other academic distinctions

This section gives you the opportunity to provide further detail about the prizes or distinctions you have achieved. Please select those that are relevant to your application for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship and briefly describe what you did in order to be recognised with a prize or distinction.

Describe your PhD research

This section gives you the opportunity to describe the research you completed for your PhD. Please include a brief description of your main findings and the impact these have had.

Examples of impact could include:

  • Contribution of research to practice, diagnosis, treatment or management of patients;
  • Contribution of research to the understanding of a disease process;
  • Changes to a service (e.g. a referral pathway); and translation of a research finding or development into clinical practice (e.g. a diagnostic tool).

Please also give details of the research methods that you used. Please do not exceed the 750 word limit.

Research training received to date

This section provides you with the opportunity to give details about any other research training you have received to date. You only have 250 words; however, please give brief details of any training courses or projects that you have been involved in.


Please list all your publications. Please note that short-listed candidates will be required to provide copies of their peer-reviewed publications at interview.


Please provide details of any posters or presentations you have given at both national and international conferences. Please make it clear which are national and which are international.

Other Relevant Experience

Teaching experience

Please describe any experience you have of teaching and indicate where this is relevant to research. You may also include examples outside of medicine.

Management or leadership

Please give examples and brief details of the experience you have had of developing your management or leadership skills.

Aims, Career Objectives and Commitment to a Career in Academic Medicine

Medium and long-term career goals

Please indicate your medium and long-term goals in relation to academic medicine. You might wish to say what you are aiming to be doing in 5 and 10 years’ time.

Managing completion of clinical training

Please use this section to describe how you will manage the completion of your clinical training alongside your academic development. Please provide a timetable of your plans.

Support from Host Department

Please explain how the host department offering the NIHR Clinical Lectureship you have chosen will support your research aims and career objectives.

Any further information

Please use this section to provide information which might support your application that has not been covered elsewhere on the form. Please describe the skills and attributes that you feel you have which make you a suitable candidate for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship.

Appendix 1: NIHR CL Supplementary Person Specification

This person specification should be used in conjunction with a person specification for assessment of clinical competences.


Essential Criteria

  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competences or equivalent
  • Candidate must be at ST3 or above
  • Must hold a higher degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) in a relevant subject area
  • Evidence of good progress in clinical training and that completion of specialty training* may be accommodated either during or after the 4 year period of the NIHR CL award (*not applicable to fully qualified GP candidates)

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of commitment to GMC specialty
  • Intercalated honours degree and/or additional qualifications e.g. MSc etc.

When Evaluated

  • Application Form

Knowledge and Achievements

Essential Criteria

  • Demonstration of acquisition of the level of knowledge and skills necessary for the achievement of Foundation and clinical (matched to the entry level) competencies or equivalent
  • Demonstration of the potential for scientific independence and the ability to lead a research team
  • Potential to become a leader in chosen field

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the centre hosting the research and how this is best placed to support the research, education and training needs
  • Prizes or distinctions
  • Presentation of work at a national or international meeting
  • Significant publications in peer reviewed journals

When Evaluated

  • Application Form and Selection Centre

Educational and Personal Aspects

Essential Criteria

  • Demonstration of understanding, and commitment to, an academic career
  • Indication of medium and long-term career goals
  • Demonstration of educational reasons for applying for the Clinical Lectureship Programme

When Evaluated

  • Application Form

Professional Skills

Essential Criteria

  • Evidence of team working skills
  • Evidence of leadership potential

When Evaluated

  • Application Form

Appendix 2: NIHR CL Supplementary Questions

A Microsoft Word version of these supplementary questions is available on request. Please contact

Academic Achievement and Professional Qualifications

University(ies) attended | Dates


Degrees/Diplomas | Awarding body | Dates


Prizes and other academic distinctions | Awarding body | Dates


Key and Relevant Academic Achievements

Prizes or other academic distinctions. Provide any relevant additional information to that provided above.


Describe your PhD research. Include a brief description of your main findings and their impact and the research methods you used (up to 750 words).


Please describe any research training that you have received to date, for example, training courses in research methods (up to 250 words).


Publications (short-listed candidates will be asked to bring copies of all peer-reviewed publications to the interview).


Presentations/posters at national or international conferences (indicate whether national or international).


Other Relevant Experience

Please provide a brief description of any teaching experience you have had. You may include experience gained outside of medicine.


Please give examples and brief details of experience you have had of management or leadership.


Aims, Career Objectives and Commitment to a Career in Academic Medicine

Please indicate your medium and long-term career goals in relation to an academic career.


If you are successful in gaining an NIHR Clinical Lectureship, please describe how you will manage the completion of your clinical training.


Please explain how the hosting research department will support your research aims and career objectives


Any further information relevant to an application for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship

Please provide any further information that you feel is relevant to this application, in particular, areas that have not been covered elsewhere. Please state what skills and attributes you will bring to this position and how you meet the selection criteria


Academic Referees

Contact details of at least two referees, one of whom should be able to comment on your suitability for an NIHR Clinical Lectureship.


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