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The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

Clinical Academic Pathway

Challenging Practice, Transforming Healthcare, Improving Quality

What is a clinical doctoral research fellow?

A clinical academic nurse, midwife or allied health professional engages in clinical practice and research at the same time.

Transforming healthcare
Transforming healthcare

As a result, they provide leadership in the pursuit of innovation and scholarship, along with first class evidence based healthcare.

A central feature of clinical academic research is that it aims to inform and improve the effectiveness, quality and safety of healthcare.

Clinical academics focus on building a research-led care environment, which includes developing capacity and capability.

They challenge existing practice whilst working within, and contributing to, a research rich environment that strives for excellence in healthcare and health outcomes.

 Journal of Research in Nursing - Building clinical academic leadership capacity: sustainability through partnership.

The Association of UK University Hospital  - Clinical Academic Careers Pathway Capability Framework for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals document is available to download

The Health Sciences' Clinical Doctoral Research Programme.

Information on the NIHR careers

Pathways stages

Masters programmes

Doctorate in Clinical Practice (DClinP)


Clinical Academic Training Programme:  Local and National

Postdoctoral fellowships: clinical lecturers and senior clinical lecturers

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Health Sciences pathway

The Health Sciences, together with several local NHS organisations, has developed this innovative Clinical Doctoral Research fellowship training programme, which takes four years to complete full time.

HEE /NIHR pathway

Health Education England and National Institute of Health Research (HEE/NIHR) provides funded opportunities across the clinical academic pathway, from pre-doctoral masters level to the level of clinical professor

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