Strategic Review of Training

In 2016 we initiated a Strategic Review of Training within NIHR to review the past and look proactively at future training needs. This felt timely as we have invested substantially in training over the previous 10 years and there have been changes in healthcare needs and technological advances, as well as changes in the nature of the academic workforce.

The report from the review synthesises and reviews the evidence from the last 10 years, identifies new and evolving challenges; and, in response, sets out a vision underpinned by a series of recommendations. It was presented to the NIHR Strategy Board in July 2017 and all recommendations were approved and endorsed. We are now undertaking planning to implement the recommendations and regular updates will be posted on this page

The recommendations are categorised into two domains: 

Structures and Organisation
a) Integration of all current academic training and higher career personal awards into a new academic structure, The NIHR Academy which will host all academic training and career development activity.

b) Development and delivery of an NIHR Academy Strategy ensuring that the NIHR Academy both meets the needs of the wider research community and other key stakeholders now and in the future, and is fully and dynamically linked with NIHR and DH strategy

People and Careers
a) Simplify current programmes and schemes and build in the capacity for them to be fully flexible to meet the changing needs of the workforce interested in academic career development and the evolution of science (“intelligent career models”)
b) In addition to response mode, we develop a portfolio management approach to ensure that our programmes will address skills and discipline gaps identified both during the review and in the future

Read the report and recommendations. For more information contact the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre by email: 

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