Academic Recruitment Academic Clinical Fellowship

Academic Recruitment in Health Education England – Wessex

Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs)

In Association with Southampton Clinical Academic Training Scheme (SOCATS) Wessex offers several Academic Clinical fellowship (ACF) opportunity’s each year.

For more information on the ACF programme or Posts available please visit – SOCATS

The duration of an ACF will be for a maximum of 3 years or 4 years in General Practice. During this time the trainee combines clinical specialty or core training with academic training which is geared to competing for a training fellowship.

When trainees successfully obtain a fellowship, they normally spend 3 years outside of their clinical programme in Out of Programme Research (OOPR) working towards the completion of an MD or PhD (or equivalent).

On completion of a training fellowship, they will return to the clinical programme and at an appropriate point may competitively apply for a Clinical Lectureship provided that appropriate academic and clinical competences have been obtained or continue in clinical training.

Academic Recruitment 2022- 2023

Timetable – Round 1 2022- 2023
Applications openFriday 1 October 2021
Applications closeWednesday 3 November 2021
Interview windowMonday 8 November 2021 to Friday 14 January 2022
Initial offers released fromThursday 20 January 2022
Hold deadlineThursday 27 January 2022

Round 2 Re-Advert Timetable is available on the main recruitment page.

Posts available are listed below – To apply for any of the roles please visit the Oriel Recruitment System.


Post 1 – Clinical Radiology or Medical Oncology
Post 2 – Vascular Surgery  or  Medical Oncology

Post 3 – General Psychiatry or  Paediatrics

Post 4 – Neurosurgery or Neurology

NIHR Competition Posts

Post 1  – Platform Science and Bioinformatics Histopathology or General Surgery 

Post 2 – Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology Obstetrics & Gynaecology or  Ophthalmology 

Post 3 –  Epidemiology and Public Health     General Practice or Public Health Medicine

Post 4 –  Acute Care Infectious Diseases or Respiratory Medicine

Post 5   Acute Care         Anaesthetics or Infectious Diseases Or Intensive Care Medicine Training

Post 6- Health Needs of Older People- Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery 

Please note for each post there are up to three clinical specialties that are able to apply, but only 1 ACF post is available.


Applicants applying for NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships who require clinical benchmarking will be required to complete and submit both an academic application form and the associated clinical application form for the specialty in which they will require clinical benchmarking.


If shortlisted, academic applicants will be required to attend an integrated academic interview, consisting of both academic and clinical questions and assessors.  Those who are considered appointable at the academic interview, who do not hold an NTN or DRN in the specialty, will be invited to attend a clinical interview in the same specialty, at the same training level, providing they have also completed the associated clinical application form.  Any academic offers made will be conditional upon meeting the appoint ability threshold at the clinical interview.


Please see Specialty training guidance here and the FAQ’s below for more information.

Academic Interviews this year will be an online virtual interview. A Microsoft Teams link will be sent by email a minimum of 1 working day prior to interview. Shortlisted applicants will be requested to email in ID Documents prior to interview, then show virtually on the day of interview.

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