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Improving support for clinical academics

13 Jan 2017

Research-active clinicians have an overwhelmingly positive impact on patient care. But there are still many challenges facing clinicians who juggle clinical work and research.

We want to make sure that academic training is acknowledged, recognised and integrated with clinical training and work, and that clinical academics feel valued for their important contribution.

The funding community has worked together to develop principles and obligations (PDF, 475KB) which set out what we expect from those responsible for clinical training, trainees and funders across the UK.  This is the first time that all the key players in this community have come together to outline best practice.

A key issue the principles address is employment rights. The principles state that the rights of clinical academics with continuous employment must be protected, even when they change their employer from a NHS trust or board to an academic institution, and vice versa. These rights include all family and care-related leave and pay, as well as sick leave and pay. 

The principles and obligations have been developed in partnership with the following organisations:

  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans of the United Kingdom (COPMeD)
  • Health Education England
  • Integrated Academic Training Advisory Committee (InterACt)
  • Medical Research Council
  • Medical Schools Council
  • National Institute of Health Research
  • Wellcome

The British Medical Association and the British Dental Association were also consulted on, and support, the principles.

Read the principles and obligations in full (PDF, 475KB)

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  • Categories: Funding
  • Health categories: Other
  • Strategic objectives: Environment and health, Global health, Capacity and skills, Research environment, Aim: Supporting scientists
  • Locations: London, Other
  • Type: News article