These posts are intended to meet the needs of GPs who are keen to develop academic and research skills at any stage after they qualify as GPs.
Since 2006 there have been nationally and locally funded opportunities for GPs in training to undertake academic training alongside their clinical training – the clinical academic training pathway. More recently there have also been a limited number of competitive NIHR In-Practice Training Fellowships available at national level for GPs who wish to pursue academic training after completing their clinical training.
Health Education East of England (HEEoE) is now offering up to two Clinical Academic GP posts for trained GPs who may be considering some academic general practice during 2017-8. These posts will offer experience in the University of Cambridge’s Primary Care Unit (PCU) with:
- About 15 days of academic time over 3-6 months starting between June and September 2017;
- About 15 days of training by attending the primary care-specific modules in the MPhil in Primary Care Research in January and February 2018;
- An academic supervisor, chosen to complement the post holder’s interests;
- A service mentor, chosen to provide an educational perspective.
We would expect postholders to complete a research publication, and to be in a position to apply for an NIHR In-Practice Training Fellowship. We would offer full support for this application. We are able to offer remuneration to their practice for 30 days at £600/day using Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLARHC) funds.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
CLINICAL ACADEMIC CLARHC GPs will be qualified GPs who have an interest in developing their academic skills. You can apply directly after completing your CCT or at any stage further into your career. We are only able to use the funding for salary support to release you from identified service commitments. We can only pay backfill costs to an NHS body such as a practice, rather than reimbursing individuals directly.
There are few similar opportunities available for qualified GPs; most have to study during evenings and weekends. This funding would pay your practice for you to have 30 days of academic training and experience, spread over 6-9 months.
Applications should be made to Frances Cater (PCU Coordinator) at email@example.com before 9am on Friday 3rd March 2017, with a CV, and covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you are applying for the post, including research interests and career aspirations and confirmation that you have completed the requirements of MRCGP.
Interviews will be held by late March 2017.