NIHR Integrated Academic Training Pathway

What is clinical academic training?

Clinical academic training schemes enable doctors to continue medical training programmes in a broad range of clinical specialties whilst simultaneously learning to carry out research alongside internationally renowned clinicians. The aim of clinical academic training is to provide clearly structured research and academic opportunities at various stages during clinical training. Doctors have a protected proportion of time to focus on research or educational projects and to develop research methodologies and other academic skills. A fundamental aim is to complete a PhD during this period (which will be a full-time period of research) and to subsequently progress as a senior clinician continuing research.

The majority of clinical academic training opportunities are funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) through the Integrated Academic Training Pathway (IAT) for doctors and dentists in training. The NIHR IAT pathway supports academic clinical career opportunities at the Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Clinical Lecturer (CL) levels. A number of additional Imperial-specific ACF and ACL opportunities may also be available and are funded locally by Imperial College each year. These will be structured along similar lines to the NIHR opportunities and will be subject to the ongoing availability of funding.

The Imperial College CATO team supports training opportunities for doctors through the Academic Foundation Program (AFP), Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF) and Clinical Lecturer (CL) levels.