Nursing and Allied Health Professional Academic Pathways

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Nursing and allied health professionals (AHPs) in research careers play a critical role in enhancing practice-based research and aid the rapid deployment of evidence into busy NHS clinics. The drive for clinical academic roles in nursing/AHPs, including both therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers, will enhance patient care and improve outcomes with a focus on translational benefit and Team Science.

Christie NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Academic Pathway (CCAP)

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has a bespoke Christie Clinical Academic Pathway (CCAP) team supporting combined clinical and research pathways for all clinical staff groups. Research opportunities are available through the NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme and across the clinical-academic pathway, from introductory research internships to PhDs. The Christie Patient Centred Research (CPCR) team are happy to work with people to develop competitive  applications, so please email for support or further information.

Oak Road entrance to The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester

Through Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester, we provide high-quality and novel PhD studentships to train future radiation related  researchers in basic, discovery, clinical and population sciences with differential expertise. The environment in Manchester, with a critical mass of senior researchers and clinical practitioners in radiobiology, applied physics and radiotherapy delivery, provides an excellent backdrop for projects that address the challenges of translational science to real world patients in the clinic. This further ensures the outcomes of our projects are integrated in everyday clinical practice.


Examples of specific skill-sets and PhD training topics include links to the Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centre and the Elekta MR-Linac, a machine that combines high field-strength MR imaging with a linear accelerator in a single system. We also link to real-time outcome programmes in Manchester, building on the established success of the Christie Advanced Radiotherapy Summer School and Christie School of Oncology programmes.


For Cancer Research UK-funded research pathways, please contact


4Ward North Programme

The Universities of Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have come together to set up the ‘The 4ward North PhD Academy for Health Professionals’ to raise the quality of clinical academic research training in northern England.

25 PhD fellowships will be funded as part of the Academy over 5 years. Each individual PhD will be hosted by one of our four institutions. The Academy will work in collaboration with the Francis Crick Institute (FCI) in London, The Alan Turing Institute and the Nuffield Research Placements (NRP) Programme to optimise training opportunities.

We welcome applications from actively practicing healthcare professionals from all clinical areas including Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Healthcare Professions, Pharmacy and Healthcare Sciences, those in veterinary medicine, dental and medical specialties.

Health Education England ICA Internship Programme

Managed by NIHR and funded by Health Education England (HEE), the ICA Programme supports  health and care professionals  (excluding doctors and dentists) to develop careers that combine research  with continued  practice and professional development (Clinical or Practitioner Academic careers).The ICA Programme comprises four schemes that each support individuals at different stages of their research career:

  • HEE Internship Scheme
  • HEE/NIHR Pre-doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (PCAF) Scheme
  • HEE/NIHR Doctoral Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (DLAF) Scheme
  • HEE/NIHR Advanced Clinical and Practitioner Academic Fellowship (ACAF) Scheme

In addition, doctoral and post-doctoral award holders can access funded career mentorship through the ICA Programme’s bespoke Mentorship Scheme.

The programme also offers short duration Bridging Awards, which support development of  doctoral or post-doctoral award applications.

All awards require the support of an English health or social care provider and a university, which form a partnership to further the career aspirations of the awardee.

Applicants to the HEE/NIHR ICA Programme schemes must hold registration with one of the ICA approved regulatory bodies or have plans in place to hold the required registration by the proposed award start date.

Further information

Call: 0113 532 8401

Email: and please detail which scheme you are enquiring about in the subject area.



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