2020 NIHR ACF posts now open for applications. See below for specialties themes and academic leads. Apply through Oriel. Applications close November 4. Interviews between Nov 27 and Dec 12


Specialty Theme Academic Lead
Cardiology/Geriatric Medicine/Renal Medicine Therapeutics or Clinical Pharmacology Angus Nightingale
Cardiology/Geriatric Medicine/Renal Medicine Older People and Complex Health Needs Angus Nightingale
General Surgery   Natalie Blencowe
Anaesthetics or ICM   Tony Pickering
Rheumatology   Neil McHugh
General Practice   Debbie Sharp
Dermatology/General Practice   Matt Ridd & Victoria Lewis
Neurology/Old Age Psychiatry Dementia Liz Coulthard
Diagnostic Neuropathology/Neurology/Renal Medicine Dementia Liz Coulthard
Ophthalmology Platform Science (“-omics”) and Bioinformatics Denize Atan
Obstetrics and Gynaecology   Christy Burden
Renal Medicine   Simon Satchell
Respiratory Medicine   Nick Maskell
Haematology Platform Science (“-omics”) and Bioinformatics Andrew Mumford
General Psychiatry Mental Health Jonathan Evans

Welcome to the School of Clinical Academic Training at Severn Postgraduate Medical Education 

Severn Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) is one of only a small number of deaneries in England to have a dedicated school for clinical academic training. Set up at the end of 2009, mainly to look after the needs of the NIHR ACF and ACL trainees, it has expanded to include clinical lecturers funded through other agencies and offers associate membership to those doctors out of programme undertaking a higher research degree (MD or PhD). We currently have a trainee cohort numbering about 65 which is increasing every year. We are very successful in attracting and appointing high quality candidates to our posts following initial adverts. In August 2019 we will welcome 15 new ACFs.  We are able to offer posts in a wide range of specialties in a partnership between the University of Bristol and Severn PGME: paediatrics, psychiatry, general practice, public health, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopaedics, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, haematology, renal medicine, medical oncology, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology and ophthalmology. There is also a flourishing academic dental programme.
The Head of School is Professor Debbie Sharp, Professor of Primary Health Care, and the School Support Manager is Alison Needler. The school has an Academic Board which meets every six months with trainee representation. It puts on various academic/social functions each year. The ethos of the school is to provide a focus for academic trainees and to ensure that they get the most out of their integrated academic training. It has very strong links with the NIHR Academy and trainees are encouraged to attend their annual meetings as well as those arranged by the Academy of Medical Sciences and the BMA specifically for doctors on the academic career track. 

Severn Academic School Website

The website contains important information relevant to your academic training. You will find information on study leave, study leave funding, what is expected of you at your annual assessment and information on upcoming training opportunities. The website will be one of the primary methods of communication between the school and yourselves. It is a good idea to save the website to your favourites so that you can access it easily in the future.

University of Bristol Website

We now have a direct link the the Clinical Academic Training pages on the UoB website.  This outlines the clinical academic training pathway available to you, with the various stages along the way.