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. There are a wide variety of routes that healthcare scientists have taken, some of which are described here.
There are other opportunities available to develop research interests which will contribute to developing a clinical academic career. Many professional bodies administer research funding grants of various sizes and the charities sector is another funder of research. Another scheme available to consultant level healthcare scientists is the MRC Clinical Academic Research Partnership (CARP) Scheme supported by the MRC and NIHR. Taking on these opportunities means you are taking incremental steps along the journey of a clinical academic career.