Clinical academic careers programme supervisors

The West Midlands Clinical Academic Programmes Team is always looking for experienced academic supervisors to support programme participants on the Internship Programme, Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme and Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme.

This is an opportunity to work with experienced clinical staff and help shape future clinical research. If you are an experienced supervisor, hold a Masters or PhD, are actively engaged in research and are keen to support the healthcare researchers of the future we would be interested to hear from you.

The development of these programmes is in response to the current perceived lack of non-medical professionals who are sufficiently well-qualified and experienced to lead research projects. The programmes give non-medical professionals the opportunity to better understand clinical research and develop the skills and knowledge required to do so.

For all the programmes we offer a bursary of £1,000 per intern / fellow that will be paid to your department/institution. This will go towards your research or area of study plus programme associated expenses. (If you are part of a supervisory team on the Pre-Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Bridging Programmes this bursary will be shared between you).

We anticipate for our successful interns/fellows, that this will be the beginning of a much longer journey in research, with individuals going on to obtain funding and undertake further study (at Masters or Doctoral level) supported by Health Education England (HEE)/National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme and requiring ongoing supervision.

Responsibilities and duties of the academic supervisor

Internship Programme

For details regarding the supervisory duties and responsibilities for the Internship Programme please refer to the Partnership Agreement found at the bottom of this page.

Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme

Supervisor matching for this group starts with a carefully selected primary supervisor who facilitates the development of a team to support the fellow. This team is recruited from across the region and in some cases supra-regionally and is key in helping the fellow develop the network, skills and support, they require for success at PhD level and beyond.

The ethos of the Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme is to ensure that supervisors not only support the chosen research area but also provide the required expertise and support to effectively network and build the required supervisory relationships for a successful PhD application.

For details regarding the supervisory duties and responsibilities for the Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme please refer to the Partnership Agreement at the bottom of the page.

Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme

The programme team will assist each post-doctoral fellow to build a clinical and academic supervision team who will support their development over the period of this programme and continue completion to award and/or become collaborators on grant submission.

For details regarding the supervisory duties and responsibilities for the Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme please refer to the Partnership Agreement at the bottom of the page.


If you would like to assist with either of our programmes, please email a short CV (maximum three pages) with a one-page expression of interest statement (form available to download at the bottom of the page).

Any further information please contact the clinical academic careers team on:

tel: +44 (0) 121 371 8162

Internship Programme – Partnership Agreement

Pre-Doctoral Bridging Programme – Partnership Agreement

Post-Doctoral Bridging Programme – Partnership Agreement

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