ICA Mentorship Scheme

The ICA Mentorship Scheme affords individuals holding doctoral or post-doctoral ICA awards with an opportunity for free one-to-one clinical academic career mentorship by an appropriate mentor.

The scheme is positively received, and recognised as providing a crucial layer of support to our aspirant clinical academic awardees. As a result, and following agreements between HEE, NIHR and Versus Arthritis (a merger of Arthritis Care and Arthritis Research UK) mentorship through the scheme is also available to approved NIHR Fellowship awardees and nominated Versus Arthritis fellows.

The ICA Mentorship Scheme is administered by Birmingham Health Partners, an overarching partnership organisation that brings together a collaborative network of healthcare and education providers in order to create an ideal environment and ethos to stimulate and support the growth of research active clinicians. For more general information about Birmingham Health Partners, please see here:



Information for Prospective Mentors and Mentees

Mentoring is uniquely valuable to aspirant non-medical clinical academics. The Mentorship Scheme exists to facilitate such mentorship through formalised and funded contact time with the most qualified individuals available.  

Mentorship goes beyond the guidance afforded by a supervisor and acts to support the awardee through the challenges encountered during the development of a clinical academic career.

The scheme’s mentors are recognised senior healthcare researchers and professional leaders. As such, they bring essential and unique sector knowledge, as well as understanding of the leadership challenges that face clinical academic researchers from the non-medical healthcare professions.

The scheme administers:

  • a faculty of mentors comprising senior healthcare researchers and professional leaders.
  • one-to-one mentoring support for ICA Programme-funded doctoral and postdoctoral awardees.
  • mentorship training.
  • training events and resources for mentees and mentors.

The ICA Mentorship Scheme currently manages a faculty of 48 mentors and supports the provision of mentorship to approximately 60% of the eligible ICA Programme awardees.

Accessing the Scheme

All ICA CDRF, CL and SCL awardees, and ICA eligible professionals in receipt of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral NIHR Fellowship Programme awards are welcome to access mentorship through the scheme. Interested individuals should submit a preliminary matching request to our providers using this form.

Individuals, including current ICA SCLs, interested in joining the scheme as a mentor can register their interest by submitting this online form.

For a list of the current mentors, please see here.

Prospective mentors or mentees requiring further information should contact:

 All other queries should be directed to:

Versus Arthritis
Birmingham Health Partners