Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL) positions are for clinicians who have completed a PhD or MD and who are already undertaking a higher specialist training programme with General Medical Council registration.

About the positions

ACLs are employed by the University of Bristol and required to obtain an honorary contract with each NHS Trust. The positions last for up to four years and provide 50% protected research time and 50% clinical training which will take most people to Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT) or thereabouts.

About half our ACL positions are funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with the rest funded from a variety of local sources. As one of our ACLs, you will benefit from a thriving multidisciplinary intellectual training environment. You will become a member of the Severn PGME School of Clinical Academic Training as well as their Deanery Specialty School and will have access to all the courses, conferences and social networking events that the Academic School organises.

During the ACL appointment you will be expected to undertake some medical student teaching, gain some skills in leadership and management and usually develop a sub-specialty clinical interest. You will have a dedicated academic supervisor but also be encouraged to develop an outside mentorship relationship, possibly through the Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) scheme.

You will be expected to establish a portfolio of research activity leading on from your doctoral work. You will do this by applying for grants such as the AMS Clinical Lecturer starter grants, and in due course, make an application for an Intermediate Fellowship, funded by another grant awarding body (eg NIHR, MRC and Wellcome Trust), a Clinician Scientist award or a Senior Clinical Lecturer position.

How to apply

Securing an ACL appointment is extremely competitive. Holding a higher degree (PhD or MD) is essential for appointment. ACLs are entitled to a £1,000 annual allowance for attending conferences, research expenses and other essential equipment. 

You will find application details on the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education website.

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