Specialty Training

“The training I’ve had here has consistently been first class wherever I’ve worked around the region. I also can’t emphasise enough how great I’ve found the pastoral support" Specialty Trainee Geriatrics.                        

We pride ourselves that our academic training programmes are flexible. This allows us to deliver a balance between research and clinical training that is tailored to your individual needs.

We have clinical academic training opportunities at several levels, offered in partnership with Newcastle University, with its ratings of national and international excellence in many areas of research. Our academic foundation programme is unique in having one third of the two year programme dedicated to research. Our academic clinical fellowship (ACF) programme has one of the highest success rates in the country for securing external PhD training fellowships and we also have a good track record of our NIHR Clinical Lecturers being appointed to senior academic positions.

Whilst we have a requirement to ensure service provision across our training programmes, we continue to be one of the foremost regions in supporting trainees who wish to undertake out of programme research.

Five reasons to choose us…

1 Our high quality research environment

2 A supportive team who really care about you and your career

Flexibility and balance when it comes to organising your research

4 Keen and enthusiastic clinical academics who want you to come and work with them

5 Great lifestyle and wonderful opportunities in the region



2019 ACF Vacancies and 2019 NIHR Clinical Lectureships

NIHR Clinical Lectureships – CURRENTLY RECRUITING!

Applications are invited for 4 NIHR TCC Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Clinical Lecturers (CL) in various specialties, within Health Education England working across the North East and Cumbria, to start prior to 31st March 2019.Closing date is 12:00pm on 28 June 2018.

Click for full advertisement including specialty spreads. (link to CL advert document)

Clinical Lectureships are open to trainees who have completed a relevant higher degree that is a PhD or MD (original research). You must have submitted your thesis by the time of application and been awarded your higher degree by the post start date.

Academic Clinical Fellowships

We have a number of ACF posts available each year. We will be recruiting to these vacancies in Autumn 2018. Please check back for details.


Clinical and academic job descriptions, clinical and academic person specifications and all related documents will be available on Oriel for each vacancy.

For FAQs please see the related documents section below. Please apply for all vacancies via Oriel

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Dr Claire McDonald, an academic trainee in geriatric medicine shares her experience;

“The academic career pathway gives me a clear career structure with formal support and advice from senior academics, allowing me to evolve as a clinician and researcher. The programme has trained me to identify clinical problems and look for answers with the long term goal of changing clinical practice.

In my experience, the academic clinical fellowships are very trainee centred. I started an academic foundation programme in hepatology but realised this was not for me. My supervisors were great at helping me find the right speciality and transferred my programmes to geriatric medicine.

The most significant event in my career so far is being awarded a fellowship for a PhD by Age UK and the British Geriatric Society. This would never have been possible without the mentorship of my supervisors.”


Learn more through these webpages about medical training in the region’s NHS trusts and why trainees choose to live in the North East and North Cumbria.