Through the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme we have been able to secure competitive Academic Clinical Fellowships and Lectureships within three of our five research programmes: Programme 1 (lead: Professor Cooper), Programme 2 (Professor Aihie Sayer) and Programme 5 (Professor Coggon). These Fellowships permit a full-time trainee to undertake the equivalent of nine months generic research methods training and develop a research proposal for an externally funded Research Training Fellowship to be undertaken within the LEU.

The remainder of the academic fellowship comprises a structured training programme in the specialty, through rotation to accredited training posts in the region. So far, eight Academic Clinical Fellows have rotated through the unit in the last quinquennium (four in Rheumatology, three in Elderly Medicine and one in Paediatric Endocrinology); five of the eight are undertaking, or have already completed, higher degrees. It is envisaged that a successful Clinical Research Fellow continues the academic path upon completion of their PhD, as a Clinical Lecturer and thence to a Clinician Scientist Fellowship and Senior Lectureship.