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Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP)

HEE is working in partnership with NIHR to deliver the HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP), which has replaced the clinical academic training programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. This programme consists of awards in the following areas: internships, master's, clinical doctoral research fellowship (CDRF), clinical lectureship, and senior clinical lectureship.


The ICA programme is designed to enable delivery of the government’s strategy Developing the Role of the Clinical Academic researcher in Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions. HEE has a statutory responsibility to promote research and our mandate requires us  to develop a more flexible workforce that is able to respond to the changing patterns of service and embraces research and innovation to enable it to adapt to the changing demands of public health, healthcare and care services.

We also have an objective to support clinical academic careers for health professionals and seek to increase numbers of staff across all clinical and public health professions with a proper understanding of research and its role in improving health outcomes, including an ability to participate in and utilise the result of research.

The ICAP internship is designed to be a preparation programme for clinical (non-medical) staff who wish to progress and apply for an MRes award. NIHR and HEE fund places on MRes programmes at designated universities. The funding for the HEE ICAP includes course fees and salary support. The University of Brighton currently offers NIHR funded masters in clinical research.

A revised group of eligible professions are able to apply for the internship programme.  You can view the list of eligible professions on the Internships page of our website.

In 2014 – 2015, HEE and the University of Brighton successfully delivered six internships. In 2015 – 2016 two universities in across Kent, Surrey and Sussex offered the internships: the University of Brighton and the University of Surrey. In total, 11 interns are currently in the process of completing their internships. Most of the interns have shown interest in either pursuing a master’s in clinical research or the CDRF award.

In 2016-2017, the ICAP internships in Kent, Surrey and Sussex will be offered by three higher education institutions in the region: the Universities of Brighton, Greenwich, and Surrey. All three universities are now accepting applications for the award. The programme will run from Sept/Oct 2016 until June 2017 (interviews scheduled for Aug/Sept 2016, with induction for successful candidates planned to take place in October 2016). Guidance on the internships offered and the application forms to apply for the award offered by the Universities of Brighton, Greenwich, and Surrey can be downloaded in the related documents section below. Please ensure you download the correct guidance notes document and application form as the programmes offered by the three Universities vary with regards to content and delivery.

For more information on the internships being delivered in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region in 2016-2017, contact Madhu Meshram, HEE’s local lead for ICAP internships.

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