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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Development Opportunities

At Queen Mary the aim is to aid the development of primary care academic clinicians by supporting current staff at each stage in their career and to enable others to apply for SPCR awards.

Check out the variety of mentoring opportunities available to develop academic careers. These can help develop academic skills, build confidence, ensure a safe space to reflect on career goals, guidance on building a career pathway, provide networking opportunities and concrete assistance in writing grant/job applications.  

Mentoring and support

Society for Social Medicine and Population Health 

This scheme offers mentoring for individuals at all stages of their careers within the field of social medicine and population health. All members of the society are eligible both to be mentored and to mentor others. there are 50 trained mentors, ranging from postdocs to retired professors, as well as some mentors who work outside of the traditional academic career pathway.

The Academy of Medical Sciences

This mentoring academy offers a one-to-one Mentoring programme for post-doctoral and independent biomedical and health researchers with career development support. Mentees are paired with an Academy Fellow. They promote a non-directive approach to help mentees make critical decisions through the developmental model of mentoring. Mentors act as a signpost to information and resources.  Only some researchers are eligible for this mentoring scheme. however the mentoring resources on the webpage are free to download for everyone. 

Society for Academic Primary Care

The focus for this mentoring scheme is supporting both medical and primary health care scientists  (i.e. non-medical colleagues)  working in departments of Primary Care. Their mentorship scheme is designed to have a positive impact on career aspirations and development for professionals and enhance research productivity and leadership. The aim is for mentees to move beyond being a serial researcher to a more senior post taking forward their own research ideas, identifying possible career pathways and supporting them in identifying barriers to their career progression and to overcome these barriers. 

Fryni Panayido

Queen Mary has a research development advisor to help build opportunities for postgraduate students.

Training Pathways for Clinical Academics

SPIN Salaried Portfolio Innovation Spin Scheme.

Fellowship opportunities for newly qualified and early career GPs & GP nurses. The SPIN – New to Practice Fellowships scheme is a collaboration between Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England (NHSE). The scheme offers fellowship opportunities to new and early-career salaried GPs and General Practice Nurses (GPNs), and new to practice nurses, who are within one year of joining general practice in London, to develop both generalist and specialist skills. 

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NIHR In-practice fellowship

The NIHR offers three awards through the Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Programme specifically for doctors and dentists. The programme supports individuals to gain research experience as part of their clinical training.  NIHR funds approximately 250 Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) and 100 Clinical Lectureships (CLs) in medicine each year and up to 23 ACFs and 11 CLs in dentistry each year.  The third award type, the In-Practice Fellowship (IPF) funds Masters-level training for GPs and dentists in clinical practice.

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