The Clinical Academic Internship Programme consists of a commitment of 30 days over a six month period commencing in October 2018.

The programme

Workshops and action learning sets on:

  • Developing a research question
  • Introduction to research methods (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Critical appraisal and literature review
  • Applying research methodology to a health care setting
  • Patient and public involvement and engagement in research
  • Ethics and research governance
  • Research funding and finance

A structured taught programme that also includes:

  • An introduction to the clinical academic careers pathway and application for a Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship (funded by HEE/NIHR), a Masters in Research, or help individuals to identify the next step in their career development
  • A placement in a research setting which could include the unique clinical research infrastructure developed by Birmingham Health Partners
  • Independent study time to complete programme work with the support of a supervisor

Expected programme outcomes

  • A refined and feasible research question as part of a preliminary research proposal in which potential methods are considered
  • A literature review supporting the research question formatted for submission to a nominated journal
  • Portfolio containing evidence of learning and experiences of the novice researcher while on the programme to include self-assessment of ongoing learning needs and future plans
  • Completed MRes module (optional)
  • Dissemination of CAIP work to team
  • Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship application, or an idea of the next step in the individual’s career development.

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