Academic Clinical Fellows
This training programme, run by the National Institute of Health Research, is designed to provide GPs in training with basic research skills. This will prepare them either for a full academic career or to become clinician researchers as part of wider research projects.
The course runs for four years – an additional year of research supplements the standard training programme for General Practitioners. The programme is run in collaboration with the Peninsula Deanery and ACFs carry out research and clinical training – 50% each – during years three and four of the programme. In the first two years there are opportunities to attend research conferences and to start to acquire basic research skills and be involved in existing projects. By the end of the second year, Fellows are expected to have selected a project of their own which is likely to be associated with a primary care research project within the Peninsula Medical School. In their third and fourth years, as well as gaining clinical experience in general practice, they will carry out their own project and gain additional research training.
Support is available to attend training courses such as a Masters in Research, and individuals at the Peninsula will have a mentor throughout the four years and a research supervisor for their main project.
The programme is currently run by Dr Richard Byng and Professor John Campbell within the Primary Care Group in collaboration with the Peninsula Deanery. There are currently five academic clinical fellows: Sally Simmons, Jo Croker, Alex Werhun, Andrew Fripp and Danny Thomas.
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