This is a series of ten films giving advice and tips on becoming a clinical academic. It has been produced by the Enhancing Research Culture Team, including staff from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton, NIHR ARC Wessex and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. It has been funded with support from UKRI Research England. Keep up to date with the series.
A case for becoming a clinical academic
In the United Kingdom, the need for more clinical academics is paramount to ensure the continuous advancement of healthcare and the well-being of the population. Clinicians, who possess both clinical expertise and research acumen, play a pivotal role in driving innovation, improving patient care, and fostering a culture of evidence-based medicine.
One of the key reasons why we need more clinical academics in the UK is their ability to integrate cutting-edge research into clinical practice. By actively engaging in research, you can bridge the gap between scientific discoveries and their implementation in real-world healthcare settings. You possess a unique ability to translate complex scientific concepts into practical applications, allowing for the development of new treatments, diagnostic tools, and therapeutic interventions. Clinical academics are at the forefront of medical advancements, continuously pushing the boundaries of knowledge and striving to improve patient outcomes.
We hope these films inspire you and provide information you need to consider starting on the path.