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Clinical academic training

The highly prestigious North West Clinical Academic Training Internship Programme is funded by Health Education England as the first step onto a clinical academic career pathway and are open to registered health professionals in the northern region with no prior formal training in research or a research qualification such as a Masters in Research.


Applications must have clear potential for benefiting patients and the public and can involve: patients; samples or data from patients; members of the public/carers; health technology assessment; health services research; and research into clinical education and training. We would encourage applications where the research would focus on one of HEE’s Mandate requirements, or into education and training.

What is involved?

Over a period of 35 days you will

  • work with a research supervisor to follow a personalised programme aimed at increasing your research skills and expertise
  • participate, along with the other interns, in a 5 day educational programme aimed at increasing your knowledge and understanding of research, the wider NHS research community and personal development and career progression
  • be supervised and mentored by an experienced research supervisor

How will an internship support my clinical research development?

The internship is designed to provide a dedicated period of time during which you will be able to

  • develop your skills and expertise in aspects of clinical academic research
  • enhance your ability to apply your new skills and become a research champion within your Trust
  • position you to make an informed decision about progressing your clinical academic career
  • enhance your ability to apply successfully for further formal research training

Is funding available?

A single payment of £7,500 will be offered to the Intern’s employing organisation to facilitate release from their duties and cover travel and other reasonable expenses.

A fee of £1,000 will be paid to the organisation hosting the internship to cover the costs of supervision and mentorship.

What do I need to do?

Application packs are available from Leanne.Gregory@researchnorthwest.nhs.uk. They require the input of your proposed supervisor and your line manager so we advise you not to leave it until the last moment to request a pack.

How do I find out more?

When you have read the pack if you have further questions please contact Dr Lynne Goodacre: Lynne.Goodacre@researchnorthwest.nhs.uk

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