Clinical academics are the key link between research and medical practice. Developing your skills and confidence in research can make a real difference to patient care.

The PFDC team supports postdoctoral clinicians who are back in clinical training but are actively pursuing a clinical academic career at Imperial (for example postdoctoral clinical lecturers, registrars, speciality registrars) and non-medical healthcare professionals (for example pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians).

Support for clinicians

PFDC support for clinicians

The programme of support includes:

If you are eligible to access PFDC services and are not currently on our mailing list, please email Elena Virlan, Centre Manager, who can add you to the distribution lists.

The Clinical Academic Training Office

The PFDC and the Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) work together to support clinicians in developing their clinical academic careers. CATO is a dedicated, centralised multi-professional academic training hub and point of contact for advice on academic careers for the Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. CATO supports a growing community of clinical academic researchers from medicine, nursing/AHPs/clinical scientists/pharmacists, and supports all Imperial clinicians undertaking PhDs.

CATO provides useful resources and information, supports specific fellowship programmes and runs a series of research conferences, careers sessions and masterclasses with 2 core themes: developing a research career and research skills.