CATO - About usThe Clinical Academic Training Office

CATO is the centralised pan-professional academic training hub and the main point of contact for clinical academic trainees (medical and non-medical healthcare professions) for advice and information on academic careers, recruitment, training and funding. CATO has oversight of current clinical medical academic training schemes, manages bidding rounds for NIHR/Wellcome CAT schemes, coordinates conferences and educational support activities and supports the development of non-medical clinical academic schemes and academic initiatives for nurses, midwives, pharmacists, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists.

CATO activities and priorities are guided by the CATO committee which meets three times each year and has representation from all major medical/non-medical specialties, Imperial College, Imperial College Healthcare Trust, the Biomedical Research Centre and other external stakeholders. Dr Jeremy Levy (pictured above) is Director of CATO. The programme is managed by Samantha Hobbs and supported administratively by Kieron Blake and Mayurie Jani.

The CATO team was established in 2015 and is located in the AHSC Offices at Hammersmith Hospital (see our CATO Annual Review 2016-17 (download). Further details about support available for Clinical Academic Trainees at Imperial can be found on these web pages, or by contacting us directly at +44 (0)20 3313 1373 or by email (

CATO is fully committed to Athena Swan principles and ensures our interview panels are gender balanced with high representation of female academics.  Our Quality Assurance activities always include reviews and actions to support the career development of female academics.