The NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships Programme is a national initiative offering entry-level (ST1) specialist training to those who have Foundation competences in medicine and can demonstrate that they have outstanding potential for development as a clinical academic. The duration of the Programme is 4 years of which about 75% is clinical and 25% academic overall but the split usually varies with more emphasis on academic activities in the third and fourth years.

Applications for these highly competitive posts are made by completing both the standard GP training application and the additional academic training form. Applicants must demonstrate suitability for a clinical GP training programme via the usual assessment methods (computer based test and Selection Centre) in order to be considered for an academic programme.

 

Eligibility Criteria

If you are applying for an Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF), you will need to meet the criteria in both the clinical person specification for General Practice ST1 and the NIHR ACF Person Specification.

 

2018 ACF Round 1 Timeline

Applications Window  09/10/17 to 06/11/17 
Interview Window 08/11/17 to 22/12/17
Initial Offers Issued 08/01/18
Hold Deadline 15/01/18
Return 2018 ACF recruitment status updates to NIHR TCC  18/01/18

 

2018 Severn GP Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) Posts

We will have 2 ACF posts for this entry round.  Further details will be available in October but please note that the process for appointing GP ACFs is changing to come into line with the appointment of ACFs in all other specialties.

Applicants applying for NIHR ACF ST1 GP posts will require clinical benchmarking and will therefore be required to complete and submit both an ACF application form and the associated GP application form when recruitment opens. Applicants will be asked in the clinical application form what posts they wish to be considered for; ACF only or clinical and ACF posts.  It is important that applicants understand the implications of their response to this question as they will not be permitted to change their answer to this at a later date.  It is therefore important that applicants check their application answers fully, prior to submission.  Applicants stating in the clinical application form that they only wish to be considered for ACF appointments will not be considered for clinical training programmes, regardless of their performance at selection.

If shortlisted, ACF applicants will be first required to attend an integrated academic interview, consisting of both academic and clinical questions and assessors, usually in December.  Those who are considered appointable at the ACF interview will be invited for National General Practice assessment at ST1, providing they have also completed the associated National General Practice application form.  Any academic offers made will be conditional upon meeting the appointability threshold at the clinical assessments.

Currently the interview date is TBC however will likely be during the week commencing 4th December 2017.

 

 

2018 Peninsula GP Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) Posts

We will have 2 locally funded ACF posts for this entry round, 1 in Plymouth and 1 in Exeter.  Further details will be available in October but please note that the process for appointing GP ACFs is changing to come into line with the appointment of ACFs in all other specialties.

Applicants applying for NIHR ACF ST1 GP posts will require clinical benchmarking and will therefore be required to complete and submit both an ACF application form and the associated GP application form when recruitment opens. Applicants will be asked in the clinical application form what posts they wish to be considered for; ACF only or clinical and ACF posts.  It is important that applicants understand the implications of their response to this question as they will not be permitted to change their answer to this at a later date.  It is therefore important that applicants check their application answers fully, prior to submission.  Applicants stating in the clinical application form that they only wish to be considered for ACF appointments will not be considered for clinical training programmes, regardless of their performance at selection.

If shortlisted, ACF applicants will be first required to attend an integrated academic interview, consisting of both academic and clinical questions.  Those who are considered appointable at the ACF interview will be invited for National General Practice assessment at ST1, providing they have also completed the associated National General Practice application form.  Any academic offers made will be conditional upon meeting the appointability threshold at the clinical assessments.

Interviews will take place on 1st December 2017 in the morning, at the Raleigh Building, Plymouth Science Park, Plymouth, PL6 8BY.

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