Clinical Academic Training

Our NIHR funded clinical academic programme at Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry provides a unique opportunity for clinicians to develop as academics or medical educators alongside clinical training. Plymouth has a number of outstanding research laboratories, and the medical school has recently invested £15.5million in the new Derriford Research Facility, which opened in Autumn 2017. There are also termly clinical academic half-day meetings, which provide an excellent opportunity for trainees to gain feedback on their research progress and raise both clinical and academic queries.

Posts have been held in the following specialties:

Emergency medicine
Geriatric medicine
Gastroenterology/Hepatology
Psychiatry
Obstetrics and gynaecology
Neurosurgery
Anaesthetics
Neurology
General practice
Medical education

Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF)

The ACF is designed as an excellent opportunity for people with academic potential to gain skills and experience in a research field that will then allow them to submit an application for a higher degree or extended period of research such as a PhD. 

Academic Clinical Fellows have a 75 per cent research, 25 per cent clinical split, which can be taken in a way that best fits their clinical and academic training requirements. A training grant of £1000 per year is available to all ACFs, and trainees are encouraged to pursue educational opportunities with the University, such as taking modules of the MClinRes or MClinEd.

Clinical Lecturers

Clinical Lecturer posts are intended for doctors with a PhD or MD who are seeking to develop an independent research career. The posts have a 50 per cent clinical, 50 per cent research split. Like the ACFs, Clinical Lecturers also have a training grant of £1000 per year.

Our Clinical Academic Trainees - here are some profiles for some of our current clinical academic trainees