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The Academy of Medical Sciences Working group reports (2002)


Introdunction: There are urgent issues to be addressed in terms of recruitment and retention of clinical academic staff if the current critical state of clinical academic medicine is to be reversed. This is essential not only to produce the next generation of doctors but also to maintain the translation of basic biological research into clinical practice in the UK.
Prolonged training, early financial disincentives, tensions between the responsibilities for teaching, research and clinical service, are all deterrents to pursuing a clinical academic career. There is a need to promote academic medicine and make it once more an attractive career.

.Science and our Economic Future


The Romanes Lecture. The Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP
Introduction: He talked about the importance of scientific research and science as a route out of the global economic crisis. In particular he pledged to maintain the government’s investment in science and to double the number of state school pupils taking triple science by 2014.
In his opening remarks, he said it was ‘a great pleasure to be here in Oxford…and to be invited to give the Romanes lecture, named after a scientist, one of Charles Darwin’s great friends.’ In order to build on the success of UK scientists, he said there were three key points of action: to make investment in science a national priority, to raise the status of science in education and to show that science matters to society and create a positive public debate about the proper role of science in the service of humanity.

.The future’s bright. Health Innovation.


Health Service Journal. 28 May 2009: 20-25.
Introduction: The Healthcare Innovation EXPO is back for 2010, with new features, more exhibitors, more speakers and seminars. After the successful launch of the EXPO last year, we are pleased to announce that this year’s event will take place on 6th and 7th October at ExCeL.
The EXPO plays an important part of the QIPP agenda that puts quality at the heart of the NHS, providing an ambitious shared vision for the future of the NHS. Creating an environment where innovation can flourish is a key enabler to achieve this future ambition and the profound effect on patients’ outcomes and experience of the NHS.
Successfully encouraging innovation in the NHS is challenging because new treatments, clinical advances and service development are constantly redefining what high quality care looks like.
A pioneering NHS can only be fostered by maintaining a focus on innovation, growing public expectation, by the adoption of new ideas and meeting the future economic challenges head on.

.National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), RCOA Bulletin 49


Introduction: The prime purpose of the visit was to attend the World Congress in Cape Town. I am sure that those of you who were able to be present will agree that this was a stunningly successful conference in every way. It is unusual that very large conferences, and this was a very large conference with 7,500 delegates, provide such an opportunity for scientific and clinical update combined with an excellent venue and communication system so you can meet the people you want to talk to. Those of us representing the College had opportunities to meet with Fellows of this College and to speak to anaesthetists from all over the world. One of the most encouraging aspects for me was the fact that about 2000 of the delegates were not medically qualified but were clinical officers who, of course, provide almost all of the anaesthesia service in many of the less developed countries. Many, and indeed some medically qualified anaesthetists, had been sponsored to attend the congress by the societies of anaesthetists and by some of theexhibitors. The clinical officers I spoke with were greatly encouraged by the excellent opportunities provided by the clinical workshops, immensely helpful to them in their often isolated practice.

.NIHR Integrated Academic Training


Introduction: The NHS provides equity of access to high quality care for the whole of the large and heterogeneous population of
the UK. Recent reports have highlighted the unparalleled opportunities for clinical research it offers. The
Government’s white paper Science and Innovation: working towards a ten-year investment framework recognises
the need to strengthen clinical research in the UK. In response to these reports, the UK Clinical Research
Collaboration (UKCRC) was set up to harness the power of partnership between government, industry and medical
charities in order to establish the NHS as the world leader in contributions to clinical research.
Bulletin of The Royal College of Anaesthetists
Introduction: Anaesthetic allergy is a serious problem and its investigation is underresourced.
The expertise required for the investigation of anaesthetic anaphylaxis is found in a woefully small number of centres in the UK. Because of the complexities of modern anaesthesia it is important for patients to be investigated jointly by an anaesthetist with a special interest in anaphylaxis and by an immunologist or allergist.

.Supplementary Guidelines for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) for Speciality Registrars undertaking joint clinical and academic training programmes


Introduction: Doctors who want to pursue a career in research, or combine clinical practice with research, need to gain both the necessary clinical and academic qualifications in the course of their training.
The UK Clinical Research Collaboration and Modernising Medical Careers have recently established dedicated training pathways for clinical academics. The Academy welcomes this, as an important contribution to building a workforce to establish the UK as a leader in health research.
The new Foundation Year and Specialty Training programmes provide many opportunities and flexibility. To help navigate the different options available, please see the following pages, links and downloads for advice.
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Academy of Medical Sciences.


NIHR Coordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development.


Imperial College London


University College London

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