Impact of holding an NIHR ACF position

A study of the impact of 10 years of the NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme has been published in BMJ Open today (13 June 2017).

As reported in the NIHR News, the NIHR ACF programme, which launched in 2006, was developed to provide a career development programme for doctors and dentists wishing to pursue a clinical academic career. An NIHR ACF post is open to medically or dentally qualified individuals to support 25% of research time alongside 75% clinical training over three or four years. The published paper shows that the programme has been successful in creating a pool of research trained clinicians. It also shows that NIHR ACF award holders are twice as likely to receive further funding than their peers who have not held an NIHR ACF award. Further details are available in the NIHR news article.