What is a clinical academic?
Clinical academics are clinical professionals working across healthcare providers and academic institutions.
Why do we need clinical academics?
Clinical academics advance practice and improve care through research.
How do you become a clinical academic?
There is no one path to becoming a clinical academic. Find out about the different routes here.
What does it take to become a clinical academic?
Healthcare scientists are naturally curious and well-rehearsed in the scientific method to take ideas and test them to further medical knowledge.
The HEE Clinical Academics Career Framework
Recognising the important role that clinical academics play in the NHS, and the absence of a clear pathway, HEE wanted to develop a ‘multi-professional Clinical Academic Careers Framework’ for the benefit of patients.
The HEE funded NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme
The Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme is a series of funded internships and fellowships aimed at professionals at different stages of their careers.
Other routes to becoming a clinical academic
It is important to recognise that HEE’s Clinical Academic Careers Framework is just one way to support the development of a clinical academic career.