Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) in General Practice at Oxford
Our ACF scheme provides doctors with a solid basis from which to develop a clinical academic career.
ACFs combine specialist or core training with 25% protected research time. These posts are designed to enable doctors to generate a research proposal and obtain external funding for a doctorate. However, doctors who already have a doctorate may also apply. (For generic information about ACFs and other clinical academic posts, see Your Career - Clinical Academic Pathway.)
The current ACF scheme contains 18 months of hospital posts and 30 months of combined general practice with research. This gives the equivalent of 12 months full time research without competing clinical commitment across ST3 and ST4, with an additional month within the study leave allowance at either ST1 or ST2 to focus on research skills and project development for ST3/4. Masters level research training is provided by modules from the MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare. ACFs are supported in, and regularly achieve, first author publications in major international journals (e.g. BMJ), national conference presentations, submission of grant applications and PI experience. ACFs select posts, all of which are approved for General Practice training, enabling trainees to apply for a CCT at the end of the programme. 18 months are spent in supervised general practice and 18 months within hospital specialties.
Trainee experience is enhanced with mentorship and support independent of direct project supervision provided by the ACF lead and Associate Professor Gail Hayward, and ACFs also have their interests represented on the Department’s Graduate Studies Committee.
Join our collaborative research environment
The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences is the largest, top-ranked centre for academic primary care in the UK and leads world-class research and training to rethink the way healthcare is delivered in general practice and other primary care settings, both across the UK and globally.
Our main focus on the prevention, early diagnosis and management of common illness. We bring together academics from many different backgrounds to work together to produce benefits for the NHS, for populations and for patients.
Our research groups have strong collaborative links into biomedical laboratory science, social science, health economics and statistics, reflecting the requirements for robust impactful applied health research to make primary care fit for future healthcare delivery. Translational ‘pull through’ from discovery science into day-to-day general practice is the core aim of the NIHR Oxford BRC Prevention and Population Care Theme. We also work closely with the local NHS Foundation Trusts, the Clinical Research Networks and the Clinical Commissioning Groups.