2019 Peninsula Primary Care ACF Recruitment

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.

For more information on making an application, please see the applicant guidance


2019 ACF Round 1 Timeline

Adverts 01/11/2018
Applications Open 07/11/2018
Applications Close 29/11/2018
Interview Window 27/12/2018 - 01/03/2019
Initial Offers Out 04/03/2019
Hold Deadline 08/03/2019
Upgrade Deadline 15/03/2019
Hierarchal Deadline 20/03/2019


2019 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. For more information on these posts and job descriptions, please see the pages for Exeter and Plymouth respectively. 

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.