Drs Anita Wale and Dr Nishat Bhirwani
Integrated Academic Training (ACF and CL) posts across all radiology subspecialities and opportunities for all trainees to take time out of programme to undertake higher research degrees (MD and PhD).
OOPRs are not usually granted until trainees have passed the FRCR Part 1 and FRCR Part 2A examinations.
Hospitals rotated through
IAT trainees have an academic base hospital or university and then join a clinical training scheme. The posts are advertised with the academic and clinical base pre-decided and cannot be changed.
For some schemes academic and clinical training is undertaken in the same place, for example at Imperial College London or UCL, where for other schemes trainees undertake their academic component at a separate base, for example ACF posts at ICR undertake their clinical training at St George’s Hospital.
Currently the following schemes have ACF and CL trainees but the schemes with ACF and CL trainees varies:
– Imperial College London
– University College Hospital
– St George’s Hospital & Institute of Cancer Research
Overview of Core Training (ST1-3)
NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows are appointed for 3 years with integrated and structured training in academic and clinical radiology. Appointment is normally at ST1 for those entering the specialty or ST2, for those already in radiology training and now wishing to pursue a clinical-academic path. The posts attract a national training number (NTNa).
Protected academic time can be in either the form of block release or a day-a-week of academic time, to be decided considering the nature of the project and appointed trainee.
Trainees are expected to develop their clinical competences in line with their colleagues, including the FRCR examinations. Progression will be supported by academic, educational and clinical supervisors, with annual academic and clinical ARCPs. After ST3 trainees will either progress to a higher degree as part of an OOPR (assuming appropriate clinical progression) or re-enter clinical training.
Overview of Specialty Training (ST4-5)
NIHR Clinical Lecturer posts are appointed for up to 4 years, with 50:50 academic and clinical time. Trainees are eligible to apply for these posts following completion of a higher degree.
Trainees are expected to continue to develop their subspeciality clinical competences along with their academic competences. Progression will be supported by academic, educational and clinical supervisors, with annual academic and clinical ARCPs, including discussion of any adjustment to CCT dates.
On Call Commitments
Trainees will be expected to complete on call commitments in line with their clinical colleagues, at base and peripheral hospitals. Please see the clinical training scheme profiles for further details.
Trainees will be expected to join in local teaching in line with their clinical colleagues, at base and peripheral hospitals. Please see the clinical training scheme profiles for further details.
Academic Trainees are supported in the development of their academic competences with other academic trainees within their academic bases, often with IAT trainees from other specialties. The exact offer varies between schemes and further details can be obtained from the academic supervisors.
The London School of Radiology are currently formalising our academic training offer and pan-London support and teaching opportunities. We are developing a support and collaboration network between trainees and trainers across London.