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 2024- 2025

Timetable – Round 1 2024- 2025
Applications openFriday 6 October 2023
Applications closeWednesday 1 November 2023
Interview windowTuesday 5 December 2023 to Friday 26 January 2024
Initial offers released fromWednesday 31 January 2024
Hold deadlineWednesday 7 February 2024

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 –  Paediatrics  
Post 2 – Neurosurgery

Post 3 – General Practice

Post 4 – General Surgery

Post 5 – Infectious diseases/Microbiology 

Post 6 – Ophthalmology

Post 7 – Medical Oncology

NIHR Competition Posts

Post 8  – Mental Health  Diabetes & Endocrinology or General Psychiatry

Post 9 – Response Mode Respiratory or  Anaesthesia & Intensive Care

Post 10 –  Response Mode Geriatric Medicine or Respiratory

Please note for each post there are up to two clinical specialties that you 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 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.