Date: 12 January 2017
The NIHR has worked with other funders to create new guidance for UK institutions and clinical trainees in receipt of nationally competitive funding for clinical academic research training.
The principles and obligations document, which has been released today and is available to read on the Wellcome Trust website, sets out the expectations from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.
Professor Dave Jones, NIHR Dean for Faculty Trainees welcomes the document and says:
"The NIHR knows that research-active clinicians have an overwhelmingly positive impact on patient care. We also recognise, like many other funders, that there are still many challenges facing clinicians who juggle clinical work and research.
"I hope that this document will go some way to ensure that academic training is acknowledged, recognised and integrated with clinical training and work, and that clinical academics feel valued for their important contribution."
A key issue the principles address is employment rights. The principles state that the rights of clinical academics with continuous employment must be protected, even when they change their employer from a NHS trust or board to an academic institution, and vice versa. These rights include all family and care-related leave and pay, as well as sick leave and pay.
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