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NESC Oxford Deanery Postgraduate School of Paediatrics Academic Training in Paediatrics



The Oxford Deanery School of Paediatrics is an excellent place to train in Academic Paediatrics. There is a strong academic training environment, and several Academic Clinical Fellows  have been appointed, two of whom are completing ST1-3 training and three of whom have obtained funding for a PhD.  There is one Academic Clinical Lecturer, as well as three traditional Clinical Lecturers funded through the University Department of Paediatrics supported by a faculty of 6 Professors/Readers in Paediatrics. The departmental research income and output is one of the largest of any UK academic paediatric department. There is a wealth of opportunities for research in many specialties, including Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Respiratory Paediatrics, Cardiology, Neurology at the Oxford Children’s Hospital and Neonatology in the Women’s Centre.




Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF)

Trainees wanting to work at ST1-4 can apply for these posts. They allow the trainee to obtain their clinical competences by working 75% of their time in the same posts as their non-academic colleagues. In addition, for 25% of the time, they can become involved with a research group, acquire research skills, and work towards a project grant proposal (eg to MRC or Action Medical) for a DPhil (PhD) or MD. Funding for ACFs is available for a maximum of three years.


Academic Clinical Lectureships (ACL)

These positions provide opportunities for post-higher degree research or training in educational methods while enabling doctors to complete their specialty training. Clinical Lecturers are expected to apply for further research funding (e.g. personal fellowships or research grants), or support for continuing educational training.


Doctors who have a relevant MD/PhD (or equivalent) and either hold a national training number (NTN), or meet the entry requirement for specialty training, are eligible to apply. These posts are funded for four years, and posts allow 50% of time for clinical work towards achieving clinical competences, and 50% time for academic work. It is expected that these doctors will also contribute to the teaching of medical students in the department.

For further information about these posts, see the Academy of Medical Sciences website


Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)

Academic trainees will be expected to do workplace-based assessments and complete the e-portfolio to the same extent as other trainees. As well as the clinical ARCP, there will also be an academic ARCP, at which work towards the academic competences will be assessed, so trainees will need to collect evidence of these in the same way. For details of the academic competences which must be achieved for the ARCP, see the document produced by the Academy of Medical Sciences.


Contact Details

Please contact the Academic Regional Adviser, Dr Matthew Snape ( to discuss the posts further.

Academic Training