Clinical Academic Training

Clinical Lectureships

Clinical Lectureships are intended to provide 'post-doctoral' equivalent training and induction into other aspects of academic life combined with a defined route to your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

Lecturers must have a higher degree and will be expected to gain independent research funding.

Posts may be NIHR or locally funded. Funding is made available for a four year period, or until the appointee attains their CCT and completes their 6 month grace period, whichever is the sooner. A review is undertaken on the attainment of CCT to determine if there is any funding remaining within the four year allocation and if permission may be given to continue in post for a max of a further 12 months if the funding is available. If the appointee has not reached CCT at the end of 4 years a review is undertaken to determine if they are to return to the NHS to complete their training, or if continuation in the ACL can be facilitated for a further period.

After the attainment of CCT, ACLs normally progress to established academic posts (Associate Professor/Honorary Consultant) or to senior research fellowships/Honorary consultant posts or to NHS consultant posts possibly with some dedicated academic time.

Training in Leicester

The CLs are employed by the University via a joint recruitment process and are based in the College department focussing on the clinical speciality/research of the appointee.

Each trainee is provided with an academic supervisor, research supervisor, clinical supervisor, and education supervisor to provide support.

Trainees will be have an academic review annually which feeds into their Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) and for University employed ACLs, the University probation process.

Applying to become an CL in Leicester

Applications submitted jointly by the University of Leicester, local NHS organisation and Health Education East Midlands have gained CLs covering a broad range of clinical specialities.

For more information on applying to become an CL in Leicester please see our University job vacancies or if you are interested in investigating future opportunities please contact Professor Matt Bown.


This year it is anticipated that the following posts will be appointed to before 30 June 2021:

  • ACL in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery or Respiratory Medicine
  • ACL in Infectious Diseases, Paediatrics, Vascular Surgery
  • ACL in Acute Care (Anaesthesia; Cardiothoracic Surgery; Intensive Care)
  • ACL in Acute Care (Medical Microbiology; Paediatrics; Respiratory Medicine)


CLs are provided with four supervisors:

  • Academic
  • Research
  • Clinical
  • Educational

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