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Clinical Scholars Programmes for non-medical professionals open to applicants for 2021/22

Last updated: 10th May 2021

The Universities of Lincoln and Nottingham have launched the 2021/22 Health Education England (HEE) and NIHR Clinical Scholars Programmes. These programmes are part of the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Training Programme for non-medical healthcare professionals.

If you are a Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Paramedics, Health Visitor, Healthcare Scientist, Chiropractor, Pharmacy Professional, Optometrist, Osteopath, Optician, Wider Dental Team Member, Operating Department Practitioner, Non-Medical Public Health Specialty Trainee, Practitioner Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist, and are registered with one of the approved regulatory bodies you may be interested in one of the programmes below.


Internship (formerly Bronze Award)

Typically suitable for registered professionals without postgraduate qualifications or formal training in research. This award supports clinicians to go on to apply for a research Master’s programme or NIHR Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (PCAF). The Internship Programme will be available for up to 8 East Midland places to join the programme in 2021/22.

Successful applicants to the HEE/NIHR Internship Programme will have:

  • The Clinical Scholar’s ability to compete successfully for the next stage of the Clinical Academic Pathway, such as the Masters in Research (MRes) or NIHR PCAF award
  • A structured educational programme 48 days duration; start date Mid November 2021. Besides a small number of mandatory education days and Action Learning Sets, these days can be taken flexibly over the course of 9 months in agreement with the Clinical Scholar’s organisation and academic mentor
  • Participation in facilitated Action Learning Sets

If you would like to talk to someone to discuss this opportunity please contact: Dr Ros Kane at rkane@lincoln.ac.uk or Ian McGonagle at imcgonagle@lincoln.ac.uk

Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme (formerly Silver Award)

Have you completed a Masters or equivalent postgraduate qualification and are looking to further develop a clinical academic career? Health Education England (HEE)/NIHR are excited to offer up to 8 East Midland places to join the Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme in 2021/20.

Successful applicants to the HEE Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme will have:

  • Protected funded time (48 days over 11 months) to develop a PhD proposal and develop clinical academic networks necessary to supporting a clinical academic career.
  • An individualised training and development plan based on identified needs.
  • A HEE approved research Mentor to support proposal development, facilitate high quality learning opportunities and access to research professionals.
  • An identified clinical mentor in the chosen topic area to lend profession specific expertise.
  • Participation in facilitated Action Learning Sets

If you would like to talk to someone to discuss this opportunity please contact: Dr Kate Radford at kate.radford@nottingham.ac.uk or Dr Claire Diver at claire.diver@nottingham.ac.uk

Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme (formerly Gold Award)

The Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme develops individuals along the HEE/NIHR ICA career pathway to increase their capacity and capability to deliver innovative research projects to improve practice and patient outcomes. The Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme is designed to support post-doctoral individuals in applying for either the NIHR/HEE ICA Clinical Lectureship scheme or an equivalent award from elsewhere that is relevant for their clinical academic career development.

  • Applicants are required to develop an individual, bespoke programme of activities to support their learning needs but will include:
  • Associate member of the University of Nottingham
  • Protected funded time over 12 months to develop a Clinical Lectureship application
  • Review of application by experts and feedback
  • Mock interview for Clinical Lectureship with experts, and feedback
  • A HEE approved mentor
  • Facilitated Action Learning Sets with other people at a similar level
  • Access to successful candidates from other years

If you would like to talk to someone to discuss this opportunity please contact: Professor Pip Logan at pip.logan@nottingham.ac.uk or telephone 0115 8230235 or Dr Joseph Manning at joseph.manning@nuh.nhs.uk or telephone 07812 275027. If you are interested in applying for this prestigious and competitive programme please complete an application form and email to the scheme administrator patricia.dziunka@nottingham.ac.uk

Further information

More information, application forms and guidance notes can be found on the Nottingham University website.

The application deadline is 28th June 2021. Interviews will be held on the 8th/9th September 2021 for Internship and Pre-Doctoral, and the 22nd September 2021 for Post-Doctoral applications.

Programmes have a start date of mid November 2021.

Compulsory Training Dates taking place at the University Lincoln for Internships

  • 8th and 17th November 2021
  • 1st and 15th December 2021
  • 12th and 26th January 2022.

These and future dates will be confirmed on your first training day.

Compulsory Training Dates taking place at the University Nottingham for Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme

17th November 2021 – 2 Day Systematic Review Training Oct/ November (TBC) 2021 and 16th December 2020. These and future dates will be confirmed on your first training day.

Managerial sign-off will not be needed at the point of application. Successful candidates will need verification of managerial support before taking up their place in Autumn 2021.