Who We Are

The Healthcare Professional Academic Group (HPAG) is the academic hub in the Faculty of Medicine for clinical academics in the healthcare professions. Its mission is to grow the number of clinical academic leaders from across the Imperial College AHSC in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, healthcare science and the allied health professions.

Healthcare professionals make up a very significant part of the NHS workforce and most are involved in the day-to-day delivery of front line services. Research led by healthcare professionals has huge potential to improve patient care and clinical services. The HPAG supports this patient-centred research by bringing together a critical mass of healthcare professional academic leaders at Imperial. HPAG supports growth in the numbers of healthcare professionals leading research programmes across the AHSC by supporting and expanding inter-professional and multidisciplinary working, providing peer-to-peer and research services support, mentoring and networking opportunities.

An early priority of HPAG is to increase the number of healthcare professionals on a clinical academic training pathway. The Group works closely with the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) in providing guidance and careers advice.

If you are a healthcare professional (outside of medicine) who is leading research or aspiring to be a clinical academic and are interested in the work of the group, please sign up to become a member of HPAG.

Activities and Events

HPAG Activities

HPAG Seminars

These events are an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects or research challenges. All HPAG members are welcome to attend:

More Events coming soon




Thursday 6th December
1-2 PM
Research seminar: From a clinical observation to a randomised clinical trial and change of clinical practice – an example

Speaker: Professor Pernilla Lagergren

Emerging research idea: A feasability study on intervention for swallowing dysfunction after laryngectomy
Speaker: Dr. Margaret Coffey


CATO Events

The Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) at Imperial is the Imperial College AHSC centralised pan-professional academic training hub for advice and information on academic careers, recruitment, training and funding.

Register NOW

CATO Masterclass: 'Maximising the success of your PHD' and 'How do Universities and Funders assess the success of your research'

Date: Thursday 1st November 2018

Time: 17.30 – 19.00 hrs

Venue: Wolfson Education Centre, LT3, Hammersmith Hospital (Hammersmith Campus).

Click here to access forthcoming CATO events relevant to health professional clinical academic trainees

Key HPAG Researchers