Integrated clinical academic (ICA) programme bridging scheme
Bridging schemes are a way of providing support to clinical academics to build on their previous academic training and develop proposals for a pre or post-doctoral award, and take the next step on their clinical academic pathway.
As part of the changes being taken forward following NIHR’s Strategic Review of Training and feedback to both HEE and NIHR, a bridging scheme is being introduced to support individuals in ICA eligible professions who have completed or are about to complete a PhD and who are looking to undertake a post-doctoral level fellowship such as the ICA Clinical Lectureship. Pre-doctoral level bridging will also be provided for, but given the recently developed ICA Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship, the main focus of the scheme will be on post-doctoral level support.
The framework sets out guidance for how the scheme will work, eligibility criteria and provides parameters within which local HEE teams will manage the scheme.