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A guide to starting out in clinical academic research

A guide to starting out in clinical academic research

A guide to starting out in clinical academic research
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What is a clinical academic career #1

What is a clinical academic career #1

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Forming your team #2

Forming your team #2

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Seminar, courses and workshops


Senior Statistician - Dr David Culliford chairs a workshop explaining what tools and methods can be useful in statistical analysis in research

Short courses

Details of our short courses coming soon...


Resources for finding a mentor

As part of our support for anyone wanting to become a Clinical Academic we have gathered some information that can be useful in finding a mentor:


Finding a mentor:

Does your clinical Trust or academic partner institution offer a mentoring scheme?

Resources for finding mentor
Org that can help

Information on organisations that can help with your research application

  • Academic Health Science Networks are partnership bodies that bring together all partners across a regional health economy to improve the health of local communities. 

  • There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region.

  • The AHSNs are:

    • East Midlands

    • Eastern

    • Health Innovation Manchester

    • Health Innovation Network

    • Imperial College Health Partners

    • Kent, Surrey and Sussex

    • North East and North Cumbria

    • Innovation Agency: Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast

    • Oxford

    • South West

    • UCLPartners

    • Wessex

    • West Midlands

    • West of England

    • Yorkshire & Humber

  • Each AHSN works within its own area to develop projects, programmes and initiatives that reflect the diversity of our local populations and healthcare challenges. However, we all share the following priorities:

    • Promoting economic growth: fostering opportunities for industry to work effectively with the NHS

    • Spreading innovation at pace and scale: creating the right environment, and supporting collaboration across boundaries

    • Improving patient safety: using knowledge, expertise and networks to bring together patients, healthcare staff and partners to determine priorities and develop and implement solutions

    • Optimising medicine use: ensuring that medication is used to its maximum benefit – improving safety and making efficient use of NHS resources

    • Improving quality and reducing variation: by spreading best practice we increase productivity and reduce variation, thereby improving patient outcomes

    • Putting research into practice: our strong links with academia mean we are uniquely placed to support the translation of research into clinical practice

    • Collaborating on national programmes.

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Wessex

NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems.

The NIHR ARC Wessex is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public.

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