Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACF) in Core Surgery at Norwich

Our ACF programmes in core surgery are for those that have completed foundation training and have a strong academic background with a want to spend time away from surgical practice to undertake research. Our locally or NIHR funded surgical ACF posts combine core surgical training with 25% protected research time. The specialties currently available are in upper gastrointestinal surgery and colorectal surgery. The purpose of our ACFs is to support trainees in the development of a research proposal and to secure funding for a subsequent MD or PhD (which will be taken as out of time training). We also accept trainees who already hold a doctorate (MD/PhD), who can be further supported in their development as an independent researcher and their transition to a Clinical Lectureship post.

Our trainees benefit from:

  • A dedicated programme director who oversees trainee progress and training requirements and a personal supervisor to support your research project.
  • University of East Anglia registration with card access to all of the university facilities including the Bob Champion Research and Education Building.
  • A travel bursary of up to £1000 per year for attendance to conferences.
  • The opportunity to gain a masters qualification in health research.
ACF Programme

Our ACF programmes last either two or three years depending on the entry point, ST2 or ST1 respectively. At the end of the ACF programme there are two possible options:

  1. The aim of the ACF programme is to achieve the same clinical competencies as your peers (who undertake two years of Core Surgical Training Programme), but also to secure funding for a doctorate. If successful in doctorate funding, you will take 2-3 years out of programme to complete an MD or PhD, after which you will return to full time ST3 training.
  2. If your funding applications for a doctorate are unsuccessful, or if you no longer want to pursue an academic surgery pathway, then an ST3 post will be made available in the East of England Deanery (our ACF posts have guaranteed run-through status).