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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    9 months

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex (HEKSS) fund backfill cost, tuition fees and reasonable expenses for up to eight successful applicants.

Course content

The HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme (ICAP) was launched in March 2015 and streamlines the previous training programmes (making best use of money for improved patient benefit) into one programme which contains five schemes at different levels, plus a mentorship scheme:

  • Internships;
  • Masters in Clinical Research;
  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF);
  • Clinical Lectureship (CL); and
  • Senior Clinical Lectureship (SCL).

ICAP aims

The HEE Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme is intended to support practitioners who wish to apply for an NIHR award (MRes, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship, Clinical Lectureship or Senior Clinical Lectureship (see http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/training-programmes.htm) or to provide an opportunity for applicants (with an MRes or Doctorate qualification) to work in a research group (as a normal member or principal investigator) that submits an application for an external research funding award.

The programme:

  • supports all registered non-medical healthcare professionals committed to developing careers that combine research and continued clinical practice;
  • supports the provision of a comprehensive clinical academic career structure;is fully integrated with clinical practice and/or post registration training;
  • supports research training from early to advanced levels;
  • has flexible entry and exit points;
  • where possible, is trainee centred; and
  • focuses on research within the remit of the NIHR and HEE.

What is the NIHR?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) offers competitive research training awards to healthcare practitioners who wish to develop their research skills and carry out research for the benefit of patient care. NIHR have a number of training awards, which are intended to increase research capacity in the NHS to improve health and healthcare, by developing practitioners with the potential and aspiration to become leading clinical academics and independent researchers of the future.


Visit the HEE NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme Internship page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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