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Health Education England - Thames Valley (HEE-TV) in partnership with Oxford University and OUCAGS has 18 prestigious NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) to offer as part of the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Pathway.


The support and advancement of clinical academic careers is highly valued within HEE-TV. In partnership with the University of Oxford, we have established the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS) to support Academic Clinical Fellows and other clinical academics in training.

Oxford’s world-leading biomedical and clinical research environment offers outstanding opportunities to combine comprehensive clinical, academic and research training for those with the ambition and motivation to shape the future of medicine. Our clinical academic training programmes are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic applicants with the potential to excel in both their clinical and research training. Posts will commence in August/September/October 2022.

Application timetable and process

The timetable for Academic Clinical Fellowship Recruitment 2022 is as follows:

  • Applications Open: Friday 1st October 2021 
  • Applications Close: Wednesday 3rd November 2021 
  • Shortlisting & Interview Window: 7th November 2021 to 20th December 2021
  • Initial Offers Issued: 20th January 2022
  • Hold Deadline: 27th January 2022

Applications are through Oriel 2 which also has the most up-to-date job descriptions and person specifications. Some posts are attached to an NIHR priority research theme, this is explained in detail in the job description.

ACF interview dates will be made available on Oriel for each post.

One post in each of the following is available - please make separate applications where a specialty appears more than once (you are encouraged to do so, otherwise you will only be considered for the post for which you applied).

PostS available

Post 1: Intensive Care Medicine (ST1-3) or Emergency Medicine (ST1-3 or HST)

Post 2: Histopathology (ST1/2), Chemical Pathology (ST3) or Clinical Genetics (ST3)

Post 3: Respiratory Medicine or Renal Medicine (ST1-2 [IMT1-2])

Post 4: Gastroenterology or Genito-Urinary Medicine or Palliative Medicine (ST1-2 [IMT1-2])

Post 5: Plastic Surgery or Trauma and Orthopaedics (ST3)

Post 6: Urology (ST1)

Post 7: General Surgery (ST1)

Post 8: Neurosurgery (ST1/2) or Vascular Surgery (ST3)

Post 9: Cardiology (ST3) or Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitis (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Platform Science and Bioinformatics)

Post 10: Obstetrics & Gynaecology or Paediatrics (ST1-3) (Research Theme: Platform Science and Bioinformatics)

Post 11: General Practice (ST1-3) (Research Theme: Epidemiology and Public Health)

Post 12: Medical Oncology or Rheumatology (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

Post 13: Infectious Diseases / Medical Microbiology (ST3) (Research Theme: Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

Post 14: Neurology (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Dementia)

Post 15: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry or General Psychiatry or Old Age Psychiatry (ST1-2) (Research Theme: Mental Health)

Post 16: General Practice (ST1-3) or Geriatric Medicine (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Multimorbidity at Any Age)

Post 17: Infectious Diseases / Medical Microbiology (ST3) Public Health England

Post 18: Haematology (ST3) National Health Service Blood Transfusion 

Important notes for 2022

Please note: for 2022, in addition to the academic interviews, candidates will be required to attend and pass a clinical interview for the specialty they are applying to for academic training, if appropriate. Offers made will therefore be conditional upon meeting the required standard in the clinical interview.

Applicants who already hold a clinical NTN or DRN in the same specialty as their ACF application will not need to attend a clinical interview as they will already have met the required standard previously.


Each job description has a list of specific contacts but for general queries contact:

Specialty Recruitment Team -

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