Academic Foundation Training and AFP Recruitment

Welcome to the 2019 – 2021 application process for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs) at the North West of England Foundation School



AFPs are an opportunity for doctors to develop their research and/or teaching skills and/or medical and management capabilities.  There is great variety between academic programmes with some focusing on more traditional pathways while others focus on quality improvement and even health informatics.


All programmes have one common purpose and AFPs are designed to ensure that all trainees achieve the core competencies of foundation training whilst simultaneously supporting the development of key skills in other areas of medicine. 


Further information on the structure and purpose of an AFP can be found in the national Rough Guide to Academic Foundation Programmes.






Academic Foundation Programmes Available to 2019-21 Applicants




The North West of England Foundation School in 2019 will offer a total of 57 AFPs in 9 of our acute employing trusts, across the 3 key areas of academia; Leadership, Research and Education (summary below):


 

Employing Trust

Total No of AFPs

Academic Component

Education

Research

Leadership

Aintree

9

3

6

 

Bolton

6

3

 

3

Manchester (Central)

6

6

East Lancashire

3

1

1

1

Lancashire Teaching

3

1

2

 

Morecambe Bay

3

 

3

 

Pennine Acute

3

3

 

 

Royal Liverpool

12

3

9

 

Salford

6

available

available

available

Manchester(Wythenshawe)

6

 available

available

available

 

Please click here to download a detailed breakdown of the programmes available (Research, Education and Leadership) in our school for 2019-2021.


With regards to Research based AFP placements, some trusts do not currently show the specific specialities assigned to them on the chart. Our academic employing trusts will try their best to accommodate personal requests that address peoples research interests. There tends to be some flexibility on the research topic pursued, as long as there is a suitable academic supervisor to support this. Most research placements will be focused towards the clinical element within the specific training programme (track) in the first instance, so topic projects will usually be tilted towards these in some way.


Further information on Research, Education and Leadership programmes this can be found by scrolling down this page to Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes. If you cannot find the information you require in the additional information section, please contact the relevant Postgraduate Administrator / Foundation Administrator with any queries using the contact information here : https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/foundation-training/medical-education-managers-and-foundation-programme-administrators


Please note that the 2019 AFP Programme information shown within the above link is indicative only and may be subject to further changes between 20.08.2018 and 21.02.2019 by the acute employing trust as they work towards national requirements set out by Health Education England.


For information on the location of the employing trusts and facilities available please visit our Trust Map page and click on the relevant map pin. 




Academic Programmes in Education and Leadership

HEE-NW offers funding and study opportunities for trainees on AFP Education and Leadership pathways to undertake the following modules at Edge Hill University.

Leadership: Medical Leadership (HEA4117) module.    https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd-modules/medical-leadership-hea4117/

Education: Module 1 of PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice, ‘Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context ‘  (CPD 4454) module https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/courses/teaching-and-learning-in-clinical-practice/tab/modules/

Applicants who are successfully allocated to one of these programmes will be invited to enrol by our Learner Support and Faculty Development team.

 






Applying for an Academic Foundation Programme


Applications for AFPs can only be made via the national Foundation Programme website and the recruitment portal, Oriel.  The application window is the same as the application window for FP and applicants will be invited to express an interest in applying for AFP during completion of the national application on Oriel.

Applicants choosing to apply for AFP will need to submit separate applications (up to a maximum of two) in addition to their FP application form.

Once the national application process has closed (on the 12th October 2018) the North West of England Foundation School will begin their local recruitment processes to shortlist and interview applicants for AFPs.

 


National UKFPO Timeline for 2019-21 AFP Recruitment

 

01 Oct 2018, 9:00 GMT – 12 Oct 2018, 12:00 GMT : National Application window on Oriel.


Applications will not be accepted after the deadline of Friday 12th October 2018 at 12:00 (GMT) under any circumstances. This is a national deadline and Oriel automatically locks after this time, so we advise applicants to plan accordingly to ensure they submit an application well in advance of the closure. Failure to submit an application by this deadline will mean they are no longer part of the Foundation Programme application process for 2019 and they will have to wait until September 2019 before they are able to register again for FP/AFP 2020.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to allow enough time to register, enrol and apply within the application window. The foundation school cannot be held responsible for those who miss a deadline if they have chosen to leave completing their FP/AFP application until the last minute. 



15 Oct 2018 - 13 Jan 2019: Local AFP Shortlisting and Interview process period.

 


16 Jan 2019: AFP National Offers (applicants to accept or decline offers by midday on 18th January 2019). 

Applicants who do not receive an offer on 16th January will be automatically entered into the following AFP Cascade rounds which start on 23rd January 2019.

 


23 Jan – 13 Feb 2019: AFP Cascades (occurring weekly with 48 hours to accept or decline at each release)

 

All AFP offers will be made in the Jan – Feb offer period.  Successful applicants will have the opportunity to accept/decline offers on Oriel by the stated deadlines.  Applicants applying for AFP who are not successful in obtaining an AFP offer by the close of AFP recruitment will automatically transfer to standard FP recruitment. Full details of the national application process and timeline, including the 2018 national person specification can be found on the national Foundation Programme website





Local Timeline for 2019-21 AFP Recruitment


15 Oct - 5 Nov 2018 : Local administrative period prior to shortlisting.

6 Nov 2018 : AFP Shortlisting Event  (confirmed)

7 - 19 Nov 2018 : Local administrative period following shortlisting 

week commencing 19 Nov 2018 : All AFP applicants to be notified of shortlisting outcome on Oriel and whether they have been invited to interview.

10 Dec 2018 : AFP Interviews Event, Etihad Stadium, Manchester  (confirmed)

11 Dec 2018 - 15 Jan 2019 : Local administrative period following interviews

16 Jan 2019 : All AFP Interview outcomes announced via Oriel on AFP National Offers day.

23 Jan 2019 : AFP Cascade offers process begins.




Ranking your AFP Preferences


Please rank all of the programmes you wish to be considered for, in order of preference, under the "Preference" column by using the drag and drop function on Oriel. Any programmes you do not wish to be considered for should remain in the "Not Wanted" column. The more programmes you preference, the greater the likelihood of being offered a programme of your choice, if you are successful at interview. We recommend you rank as many of our AFP Posts as possible to increase your opportunity for a place, but this is entirely your choice.


Please note: AFP preferences cannot be altered after the 12th October 2018 application deadline. The function to amend preferences on Oriel only applies to FP applications.




Referees

Referee details can be amended prior to the closing date or until the reference has been returned. To amend referee details, applicants must access this information through the FP vacancy. Applicants are not required to provide referee information in the AFP application.










Local AFP Shortlisting/Interview Criteria


* Please note from the outset that all AFP score totals and structure in the following shortlisting / interview criteria are indicative only and may be subject to further un-announced changes between 20.08.2018 and 21.12.2018 as we prepare for this recruitment process.




AFP Shortlisting Criteria

Applicants are shortlisted for an AFP interview using a set of scoring guidelines which cover each of the following areas:



Supporting AFP White Space Questions 1, 2 & 3...

These supporting white-space questions are locally produced and are scored on the quality of the example and depth of the response given by each AFP applicant.

Q1: We recognise that applicants will have different experiences in research, medical education or within leadership roles. Please give one example of such an experience or role that you have had in your medical student career and its significance to your application for an Academic Foundation Programme. (max 200 words)

Q2: Academic medicine requires an individual to work successfully within a team. Give an example in which you have participated and contributed to the successful working of a team. The example should clearly identify your role and the skills you used to contribute to the achievements of that team. Explain the significance of this experience to your application for an Academic Foundation Programme. (max 200 words)

Q3: Provide a supporting statement about your future career aspirations and why you are suited to your intended career. (max 200 words)

Maximum totalized score available for Q1,2, and 3 : 22 points *




Additional Educational Achievements

Applicants can record a total of 32 additional educational achievements on their application, aside to their Primary Medical Qualification. These include:


Additional Degrees (max of 2 degrees : points vary). Maximum scoring is determined by the qualification type / level.

Presentations – Clinical, Healthcare, Education, Leadership or Research

(max of 10 presentations : with a maximum 7 points per presentation * )

Publications – Clinical, Healthcare, Education, Leadership or Research

(max of 10 publications : with a maximum of 7 points per publication * )

Prizes - Clinical, Healthcare, Education, Leadership or Research

(max of 10 prizes : with a maximum 10 points per prize * )


Maximum totalized score available for all Eductional Achievements : 250 points *

Please note that for August 2019 we will not be using the academic decile or EPM score to determine those shortlisted for interview. We will be using the white space application questions (1,2 & 3) and additional educational achievements for scoring only. 

When completing the application, applicants should note that any Educational Achievements which are entered as part of the standard FP application will need to be re-entered under the AFP application section as these will not transfer across from the FP application form.  

CVs will not be accpeted as part of this process.




AFP Interview Criteria

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview from the week commencing 19 November 2018. Interviews will be held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on 10 December 2018. The North West of England Foundation School will not be offering telephone/Skype interviews and shortlisted applicants will be required to attend the interview in Manchester in person as there will be no alternative interview dates on offer. If applicants are unable to attend, their applications will not be progressed any further in the recruitment process.

Applicants who are invited to interview will be assessed and scored on the day. Interview slots are pre-booked with the applicant via Oriel and are held across three separate stations. Each of the interview stations are scored at a maximum of 25 points*  (with a maximum totalized score : 75 points *)

For information, late arrival at an AFP interview after the pre-arranged time (including any travel disruption or unforeseen delays) may also lead to the applicant being declined an interview and their AFP application being rejected, so again we advise all invited candidates to take particular care when planning their travel itineraries in advance. 

Following the interview, applicants will be awarded a final score. This will consist of the total score obtained from the three interview stations combined with the applicants academic decile.  This final match ranking score will be used in conjunction with an applicant’s preferences to determine allocation.










After the Interview/ After AFP Offers



AFP Interview Expenses Claims

Please download and read carefully the AFP Interview Expenses Policy before you submit a claim form to us.

Expenses claims must be received by the foundation school no later than 28 calendar days after the AFP Interviews have taken place. Claims will be processed by the foundation school as per the UKFPO expenses policy: Expenses claims will be sent for payment on the condition that applicants are offered and accept a post,  are considered appointable but not offered a post or unappointable. Applicants declining an offer/post will not have their expenses claim processed.

As AFP recruitment will not fully conclude until Friday 15th February 2019, the school will not be able to initiate any submissions for payment to our finance team, until all AFP posts have been filled and all AFP applicants accounted for. Therefore anticipating the number of expenses submissions we expect to receive, claimants are to expect a delay in receiving their reimbursements up to late March 2019.

When submitting a claim we ask that if you choose to email the completed claim form, all original receipts and travel tickets must still be physically posted to us as evidence. E-tickets can be emailed to us and must be shown as a screenshot with the claimants name clearly visible. Email foundation.nw@hee.nhs.uk or post your claim form and original receipts to: AFP Interview Claims, North West of England Foundation School, Health Education England, Third Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN.

If sent via email, we aim to acknowledge the receipt of your expenses claims within 3 working days.



AFP Application Feedback 

AFP match-ranking scores and AFP applicant rankings will be released via Oriel on the 16th January 2019.

Detailed scoring and feedback from shortlisting and interviews will only be provided to applicants (on written request only) once the AFP recruitment process has been completed nationally. If you would like to obtain written feedback please email us after Monday 18th February 2019 to foundation.nw@hee.nhs.uk , when we will be happy to provide you with this information. This is to ensure that the recruitment process remains fair and equitable to all applicants. Enquiries sent to us before Monday 18th February 2019 will be acknowledged on receipt, but will not be formally responded to until after this time. 




Appealing your AFP Application Outcome


If you wish to register an appeal regarding the outcome of the AFP recruitment process for 2019, please follow the process detailed in the UKFPO AUoA AFP Recruitment Appeals Process Guide.








Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes

 

If you would like to know more about the tracks, academic foundation programmes and supervisors on offer at individual trusts then please use the links and contact details provided below. We recommend that you read the additional programme information contained within the highlighted links first before you contact the academic leads with any queries. 


Aintree

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Aintree. 

Academic Lead: Dr Nicola Goodson 



Alder Hey 

Academic Lead: Dr Melissa Gladstone



Bolton

Please click the following links to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Bolton : Education / Leadership

Academic Lead: Dr Mayen Egbe



Manchester University

Central Site - Manchester Royal Infirmary

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Manchester University (Central site).

Academic Lead: Dr Gwilym Morris 


Southern Site - Wythenshawe Hospital

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Manchester University (Southern site).

Academic Lead: Dr Sahena Haque



East Lancashire

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at East Lancashire.

Academic Lead: Miss Suzanne Gawne



Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

Academic Lead:  Dr Aashih Vyas



Morecambe Bay

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Morecambe Bay.

Academic Lead and honorary senior lecturer in Manchester & honorary clinical lecturer in Lancaster: Dr Marwan Bukhari



Pennine Acute

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Pennine Acute.

Academic Lead (acting): Mr Arun Jain



Royal Liverpool

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals.

Academic Lead: Dr Cecilia Jukka


Salford Royal

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Salford Royal.

Academic Lead : Professor Shaheen Hamdy



If applicants are having difficulty contacting an academic lead we advise that they contact the relevant Postgraduate Administrator / Foundation Administrator with any queries using the information here : https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/foundation-training/medical-education-managers-and-foundation-programme-administrators









Academic Foundation Programme Applicants – Frequently Asked Questions


1. I’m interested in a speciality that is not offered directly at my preferred AFP trust. Is there any flexibility to allow the possibility of undertaking a research project in this specialty during my four-month academic placement if I can find a willing academic supervisor?

Our academic employing trusts will try their best to accommodate personal requests that address peoples research interests. There tends to be some flexibility on the research topic pursued, as long as there is a suitable academic supervisor to support this. Most research placements will be focused towards the clinical element within the specific training programme (track) in the first instance, so topic projects will usually be tilted towards these in some way.

For example, a trainee assigned to an Infectious Diseases or Paediatrics related placement declaring an additional interest in neurology, within an Infectious Diseases context this could link to a project on encephalitis research in adults or if it’s an academic paediatrics placement, epilepsy in children. 

New AFP trainees will have time in their FY1 year to plan their projects with their academic supervisor to ensure they are up and running in time for their FY2 placement.

If applicants require further information, please first off read the supporting documents for each academic training programme uploaded to the foundation school webpage ( https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/north-western-foundation-school ) under the Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes section.


2. Is there any flexibility or degree of choice with my allocation of academic / clinical supervisor?

Allocation of supervisors is co-ordinated by the employer and not the foundation school. The academic supervisor that AFP trainees are given will likely have consultancy background in the specific linked research speciality present on their allocated academic training programme.

For trusts that do not have a pre-specified specialty shown in the research block and supervisor already linked to it (for example Manchester University - Wythenshawe and Salford Royal which offers all three academic pathways - Research, Leadership or Education) once trainees have chosen their discipline, they are then linked by the employer to the appropriate network and an appropriate supervisor within it. 

Supervisor details and contact information can be found in the supporting documents linked within the Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes section.




AFP Oriel Specific FAQ’s


1. Can I alter my AFP preferences on Oriel after the 12th October 2018 application deadline?

No. The function to amend preferences past the application deadline only applies to FP applications. The foundation school and UKFPO will not be able to make any amendments on behalf of applicants.


2. Do I need to re-enter my Educational Achievements when completing my AFP application on Oriel?

Yes. This information does not transfer across from the FP application form.


3. How do I amend my referee details on Oriel?

Referee details can be amended prior to the closing date or until the reference has been returned. To amend referee details, applicants must access this information through the FP vacancy. Applicants are not required to provide referee information in the AFP application.

4. Do you accept pre-prepared CV’s and portfolio’s as part of my application?

No, all elements of your application need to be typed into the structured online form within Oriel and supporting evidence uploaded (if requested).

5. Can I enter onto my Oriel AFP application any additional Educational Achievements (Presentations, Publications and Prizes) that I have not yet been completed?

Points will not be awarded to any additional EA’s that have been completed after the AFP application deadline on 12th October 2018, so please be aware of this when completing your application.






AFP Longlisting / Shortlisting FAQ’s


1. Is my decile score used to identify those who will be invited to interview?

No, this is not used until the final stage, after the interviews, when the AFP match ranking score is created.



2. What score is generally required to obtain an interview as I am worried about the emphasis on additional Educational Achievements and how competitive this may be?

As seen in previous recruitment processes in 2017 and 2018, a total application score of approximately 30 points was required to secure an invite to interview. The total application score is a combination of the scores from white space questions 1,2 and 3 and the additional Educational Achievements score.

This approximate threshold is always subject to change each year and may not bear any reflection on the upcoming recruitment process.


An invite to interview is not a guarantee that you will receive an AFP offer after the interview. The North West of England Foundation School will not acknowledge applicant requests for live scoring estimations during the AFP 2019 recruitment process.



3. What are the competition ratios prior to and following the interview?

The application processes for AFP 2017 and AFP 2018 to the North West of England Foundation School saw an approximate ratio of 2.5:1 of applicants being shortlisted for interview, followed by a further 2.5:1 of interviewees being offered one of our 57 AFP posts.

These ratios are subject to change each year and we will not be in the position to divulge the number of applicants for the AFP 2019 process.



4. Can you tell me the exact allocation of points within the marking structure at shortlisting stage i.e. what each level of presentation, degree type scores etc?

Aside from the scoring criteria published on our website, we are not able to divulge the exact allocation for each type of degree and presentation as this information is only shared with those involved with facilitating the local shortlisting process.

However, generally with any assessment process, the more relevant, significant and stronger the item, the higher the score will be.



5. What method do you use to short list?

The North West of England Foundation School runs a volunteer led shortlisting event in the November of each recruiting period.



6. Do you use horizontal or vertical shortlisting?

For our local processes in the North West we use horizontal shortlisting.



7. I have not received an Invite to Interview. What happens next?

If you do not receive an interview invite, your application status on Oriel will change to one of the following:

Shortlist Reserve’ meaning that you have been placed on a reserve list for invite to interview.

Shortlist Unsuccessful’ meaning that you have scored below the threshold to be placed on the shortlist reserve.

A ‘Shortlist Reserve’ Oriel status does not guarantee that you will receive an invite to interview. This is dependent on other applicants invited to interview withdrawing from the recruitment process and where you are ranked within the shortlist reserve list.

The foundation school will not be able to divulge where applicants have individually ranked until the 16th January 2019, when applicant rankings will be released on Oriel.



8. I was not invited to an interview, therefore can I please request my application score and feedback early?

Applicants requesting detailed score and feedback from AFP shortlisting will not be able to receive this information until the recruitment process has concluded. If you would like to obtain written feedback please email us at foundation.nw@hee.nhs.uk after Monday 18th February 2019.




AFP Interview FAQ’s


1. I see that you do not offer Skype / telephone interviews. Can any exceptions be made as I will be out of the UK on the interview date? 

No. Unfortunately if you are unable to attend the interview in person in Manchester, there will be no alternative dates on offer and your AFP application will not be progressed any further in the recruitment process.



2. I have found out that I need to be elsewhere on the morning/afternoon of the interview date. How do I arrange my interview time so I can still attend?

All interview booking is handled using an online self-service booking system on Oriel. You will be able to book specific time slots at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00 GMT. Places are limited and capped at each time slot and are filled on a first-come first-served basis, so we recommend that if the interview time is an issue, that this booking is made as soon as possible. 


3. How long are the intended interview slots?

At the interviews there are three interview stations, each allocated 20 minutes each. (60 minutes total interview time from start to finish).


4. What interview questions and/or stations do you use? 

Face to face interview stations, rotational. Questions focus on clinical scenarios, interpretation of information and career aspirations.


5. Do you use presentations or other methods? 

No presentations will be required at the interviews. 


6. How many interviewers are there typically, per panel?  

Two per interview station panel (minimum).


7. Do I need to bring a portfolio with me to the interview?

You do not need to bring a portfolio with you to the interview. Any achievements will be captured within the AFP application at shortlisting stage.


8. What is the interview scoring criteria? What is your tie breaker system? 

Criteria supports answers made with depth, awareness and relevance to the questions being asked. Tie breaking system (if required) is manually implemented when scoring collated.


9. Are the white space questions and additional EA scores from AFP Shortlisting no longer considered after the AFP Interviews?

Yes, this is correct. The scores obtained at interview are added together to create an AUoA score. This is then combined with the applicants academic decile score to create the AFP match ranking score. The AFP match ranking score is the score used by Oriel to identify final AFP offers.






AFP Offers FAQ’s



1. Is the rota contained within my AFP offer on Oriel the exact order that I will be working it?

Not neccesarily.  The HR / postgraduate education team at the employing hospital trust will arrange the order of the rotation for each trainee, once the AFP application process has been completed. Trainees on the same track cannot do all their academic placements at the same time. The foundation school is not involved with this part of the process and any queries related to rotation orders should be directed to the employer Postgraduate Administrator / Foundation Administrator using the contact information here : https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/foundation-training/medical-education-managers-and-foundation-programme-administrators



2. How does the matching process work for AFP offers?

The matching process is completed using an online algorithm within Oriel. AFP applicants to the North West of England Foundation School will be ranked in AFP match ranking score order (highest to lowest) and matched in score order to their highest AFP preference that is still available.

A unique ranking on Oriel will be generated in order for applicants to be matched successfully to AFP programmes. This is to prevent the system from randomly allocating if the shortlist management scores become tied. Tie breaks are pre-set within Oriel to ensure each applicant is given a unique position.

If an applicant does not rank all of the programme preferences available to them and none of their stated preferences are available when it is their turn to be matched, they will not receive an offer. The Oriel algorithm will then add the next highest scoring applicant to the list of applicants to receive initial AFP offers.

AFP Offers will be made online via Oriel and allocations will be made using the Oriel algorithm and not manually actioned by the foundation school.




3. I have received an AFP offer on Oriel. Do I have to accept it?

Applicants must accept the AFP offer that is given to them or decline the offer. Applicants declining an offer will not be reconsidered during the cascade (reserve) allocation process and their AFP application will be automatically withdrawn on Oriel. The applicant will then be included in the Foundation Programme (FP) allocation process.

If an applicant accepts the AFP offer, but then decides to withdraw from the accepted offer at a later stage, they will also be withdrawn from the national allocation process to FP. This will mean the applicant will be unable to re-apply until the next national recruitment process the following year.





4. I have just received my AFP offer but I have been speaking to my friend who has also been allocated to the same trust and we have decided that we’d like to swap our offers. Is this possible?

Swaps are not permitted under any circumstances by the foundation school, employer or UKFPO. If you do not wish to accept your offer you will need to decline it. 



5. Do I have to complete my four-month academic placement between the dates specified to me by the employer?

Yes. There is no flexibility to undertake your AFP placement at any other time outside the dates / rotation you have been allocated. Trainees allocated to a track cannot all undertake their AFP placement at the same time.







Can we help you with anything else?
Further AFP related FAQ’s are available on the UK Foundation Programme Office website at : http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/content/academic-foundation-progra...
For any other queries relating to the national or local AFP process that are not covered on this or the UKFPO page, please send an email to foundation.nw@hee.nhs.uk








AFP Showcases

The next academic foundation showcases are scheduled to take place on:

Tuesday 5th June 2018, 5.30-8pm Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Friday 6th July 2018, 11-4pm Education Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital


As part of the Academic Foundation Programme, trainees are expected to attend these AFP showcases.









Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) 

 

The aim of the The Integrated Clinical Academic Training programme is to facilitate and support the academic development of both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical trainees who are interested in following a clinical academic career path.

 


Liverpool ICAT Overview

 

The Liverpool ICAT is a part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool. The governance of ICAT is through the Executive Group and the Board, both of which has representations from the University Research and Teaching Institutes, HENW, NHS Trusts and also includes academic trainee members. The nominated ICAT academic lead and local AFP lead for Foundation Years is Professor Arpan Guha, Head of the Postgraduate School of Medicine.  The local lead for Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust is Dr Nicola Goodson, Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology.

 Liverpool ICAT website address www.liv.ac.uk/icat

 



Manchester ICAT overview

The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) hosts the Manchester Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme. The aim of the ICAT programme is to facilitate and support the academic development of both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical trainees who aspire to follow a clinical academic career path. All aspects of the ICAT programme are overseen by the ICAT Operations Group.

To achieve this aim, the ICAT programme is managed as a partnership between The University of Manchester and Health Education England - North West and in close liaison with the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC), which oversees ‘Integrated Academic Training’ nationally and is responsible for the allocation of funding to support programmes.

Academic Foundation doctors in the North West benefit from this integrated and coordinated approach to academic training via:

Access to research supervisor’s research within world-class facilities that cover the full healthcare continuum

Attendance at dedicated Manchester ICAT training and networking days held in the University

Access to a University-based academic teaching programme designed and delivered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences training team.

Individual AFP programmes across the Manchester Hospital sites (CMFT, SRFT, UHSM) also offer their own bespoke teaching and support schedules that utilise local clinical researchers and dedicated Clinical Research Facilities.

Further information can be found on the Manchester ICAT website: http://www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/icat/

 

 


ICAT Contacts

 

Professor Robert Moots (Chair - University of Liverpool ICAT)


Professor Calum Semple (Deputy Director - University of Liverpool ICAT)


Dr Cecilia Jukka (Royal Liverpool ICAT AFP Lead)

Dr Nicola Goodson (Aintree ICAT AFP Lead)

 

Debbie Sweeney (University of Liverpool ICAT Administrator)

 

Professor Rachel Lennon  (University of Manchester ICAT AFP Lead)

 

UoM ICAT Programme Enquiries

 

UoM ICAT Website

 

Dr Rachel Isba (Chair and AFP ICAT Lead - University of Lancaster ICAT and Head of Lancaster Medical School )

 

Mary Mason (University of Lancaster - Administrator)