Clinical academic training

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) hosts a range of clinical academic trainees at various different stages, for shorter or longer-term placements.

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships are specialty training posts that incorporate academic training.

These Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) spend 75% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 25% undertaking research or educationalist training.

NIHR ACF posts are only available to medically qualified candidates and are aimed at those who, at the early stages of their specialty training, show outstanding potential for a career in academic medicine or dentistry.

The duration of an ACF is usually for a maximum of three years (four years for GPs).

During this time, alongside clinical training, ACFs will be able to develop their academic skills and be supported in preparing an application for a Research Training Fellowship (to undertake a higher research degree) or an application for a place on an educational programme (leading to a higher degree).

HCRI has been supporting Emergency Medicine ACFs for a number of years, we have also had ACFs from Intensive Care Medicine.

NIHR ACF posts are recruited and managed regionally; in the North West you can apply via Health Education England’s website.

Clinicians can also undertake academic training earlier in their career via Specialist Foundation Programmes (SFP) (formerly Academic Foundation Programmes).

HCRI has also hosted those undertaking SFPs for their research block.

If you are an aspiring Academic Clinical Fellow, or planning a Specialist Foundation Programme, and you are interested in working with HCRI, then please contact


Since the HCRI was established, it has hosted and supported many clinical academic trainees in academic foundation programmes, academic clinical fellowships and academic clinical lecturers – several of whom continue their work at the Institute.

Below is a selection of the work that some of our alumni undertook during their time at the HCRI along with their contact details if you would like to know more.