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Health Education England - Thames Valley in partnership with Oxford University and OUCAGS has 21 prestigious NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) to offer as part of the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Pathway.

HEE Thames Valley Academic Clinical Fellow Recruitment 2020

The support and advancement of clinical academic careers is highly valued within Health Education England - Thames Valley. In partnership with the University of Oxford, we have established 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 2020.

The timetable for Academic Clinical Fellowship Recruitment 2020 is as follows:

Applications Open: Monday 7 October 2019 at 12 noon

Applications Close: Monday 4 November 2019 at 12 noon

Shortlisting & Interview Window: 6 November 2019 to 20 December 2019

Initial Offers Out from: 6 January 2020

Hold Deadline: 13 January 2020

Applications are through Oriel 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.

Please note the HEE - Thames Valley website is only showing 2019 posts due to a fault.

ACF interview dates will be 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 can only be considered for the post that you applied:

Post 1: General Practice (ST1-3)

Post 2: Cardiology or Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus (ST1-2 [IMT1-2])

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

Post 4: Medical Oncology or Renal Medicine or Genito-Urinary Medicine (ST1-2 [IMT1-2])

Post 5: Plastic Surgery or Vascular Surgery (ST3)

Post 6: General Surgery or Urology (ST1)

Post 7: General Surgery or Paediatric Surgery (ST1)

Post 8: Paediatrics or Obstetrics & Gynaecology or Community Sexual & Reproductive Health (ST1-3)

Post 9: Chemical Pathology or Haematology (ST3)

Post 10: Anaesthetics or Histopathology (ST1-3)

Post 11: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry or General Psychiatry (ST1-2)

Post 12: Dermatology or Intensive Care Medicine (ST3)

Post 13: Cardiology or Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus or Gastroenterology (ST1-2 [IMT1-2]) (Research Theme: Platform Science)

Post 14: Haematology or Obstetrics & Gynaecology or Paediatrics (ST1-3) (Research Theme: Platform Science)

Post 15: Infectious Diseases (ST3) or Medical Oncology (ST1-3) or Rheumatology (ST3) (Research Theme: Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

Post 16: General Practice (ST1-3) (Research Theme: Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology)

Post 17: General Practice (ST1-3) or Geriatric Medicine (ST1-3) (Research Theme: Complex Health Needs in Age Related & Chronic Disease)

Post 18: Geriatric Medicine (ST1-3) or Neurology (ST3) or Old Age Psychiatry (ST1-2)(Research Theme: Dementia)

Post 19: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry or General Psychiatry or Old Age Psychiatry (ST1-2) (Research Theme: Mental Health)

Post 20: Gastroenterology (ST3) National Health Service Blood Transfusion

Post 21: Infectious Diseases / Medical Microbiology (ST3) Public Health England


Please note: for 2020, 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 -