Clinical Academic Training Pathways in the UK
Until recently, the typical career path for the aspiring academic clinician involved competitive appointment to:
- General Professional Training (at SHO grade);
- Specialist Training with a National Training Number (NTN) as an SpR;
- A PhD Fellowship for 3 years during NTN training;
- Further Clinical Training as a Lecturer or SpR to CCT.
the introduction of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) and following the
recommendations of the Walport review of academic training, in England
& Wales clinicians now have the additional option of obtaining a
competitive Academic Fellowship (with NTNA) for up to three years
before applying for a competitive PhD Fellowship.
Scotland, the approach to academic training after MMC has been
different. Rather than a national distribution of Academic Fellowships,
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) has expanded the funding available for
clinical Lectureships. Following its success in attracting funding for
clinical PhD fellowships, STMTI is now able to combine NES Lectureships
and PhD Fellowships to create an entirely new scheme with features
which are unique and novel in the UK.