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Health Education England - Thames Valley (HEE-TV) in partnership with Oxford University and OUCAGS has 19 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 2021.

The timetable for Academic Clinical Fellowship Recruitment 2021 is as follows:

Applications Open: Monday 1st October 2020 at 12 noon

Applications Close: Monday 4th November 2020 at 12 noon

Shortlisting & Interview Window: 9th November 2020 to 5th January 2021

Initial Offers Out from: 21st January 2021

Hold Deadline: 28th January 2021

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 and you are encouraged to do so as otherwise you will only be considered for the post that you applied:

Post 1: Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus or Renal Medicine or Neurophysiology (ST1-2 [IMT1-2])

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

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

Post 4: Paediatrics or General Practice (ST1-3)

Post 5: Plastic Surgery or Otolaryngology or Vascular Surgery (ST3)

Post 6: General Surgery or Urology (ST1)

Post 7: General Surgery or Paediatric Surgery (ST1)

Post 8: General Surgery or Neurosurgery (ST1)

Post 9: Anaesthetics (ST3) Intensive Care Medicine (ST1-3) or Emergency Medicine (ST1-3 or HST)

Post 10: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry or General Psychiatry (ST1-2)

Post 11: Community Sexual & Reproductive Health or Obstetrics & Gynaecology or Histopathology (ST1-2)

Post 12: Cardiology (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) or Clinical Genetics (ST3) (Research Theme: Platform Science and Bioinformatics)

Post 13: General Practice (ST1) (Research Theme: Platform Science and Bioinformatics)

Post 14: Medical Oncology or Rheumatology (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

Post 15: Infectious Diseases (ST3) (Research Theme: Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

Post 16: Neurology or Geriatric Medicine (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Dementia)

Post 17: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry or General Psychiatry or Old Age Psychiatry (ST1-2) (Research Theme: Mental Health)

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

Post 19: Infectious Diseases / Medical Microbiology (ST3) Public Health England

Please note: for 2021, 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 -