South West Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme:
HEE/NIHR ICA Internship (2018/19)
Information and application process
Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have established an overarching Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme for healthcare professionals, other than medics and dentists. This programme is intended to increase research capacity to improve health and healthcare, by developing people with the potential and aspiration to become leading clinical academics and independent researchers in the future.
This year (2018/2019) we have received national funding to support a number of internships in the South West. These awards support individuals who are early in their clinical academic career and are thinking about doing postgraduate academic study at master’s level and beyond. The internship offer an introduction to aspects of clinical research through gaining research experience by observing/visiting/working in a clinical research environment and undertaking study in research in preparation for applying for a Master’s in Clinical Research.
It is important for successful interns to have support from their line manager. NIHR have produced a guide for aspiring clinical academics and their managers to help early conversations. The objectives of the internship and future clinical academic aspirations should align with team/service clinical priorities and needs.
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