Are you an academic looking to develop your mentoring skills?

NIHR CLAHRC EoE is looking for senior academics to mentor an ‘academic apprentice’ for a period of either 3 to 6 months, as part of their Clinical Academic Psychiatry Training apprenticeship scheme 2016.

What is the aim of the scheme?

The aim is to build future research capacity in mental health by introducing clinical research methodologies to junior doctors training to be psychiatrists. By helping a cohort of future consultants to become familiar with the practice of applied mental health research, the expectation is that they will be better placed to support research activities through the rest of their careers.

What could the content of the apprenticeships look like?

This will be up to the mentor but could include the following:

  • Clinical research methodology – including identifying appropriate research questions, developing research protocols, understanding ethics and regulatory systems, gaining experience of research methodologies, critical review of research proposals and findings – obtained through periods shadowing ongoing research projects and academic mentors.

And / Or

  • Clinical teaching – this may include shadowing clinical teachers and attending relevant courses (with funding from the CLAHRC scheme to support attendance). Focus should be on gaining understanding of research, development and delivery of new education resources or methods relevant to the teaching of undergraduate and / or postgraduate psychiatry, or mental health education in other contexts or to other health professions.

The apprenticeships will be full-time and in addition to gaining skills and insights such as those outlined above, the apprentices may also be able to contribute usefully to academic work being undertaken by their mentor.

How is the scheme organised?

Eligible applicants to the apprenticeship scheme will be core trainees in their third year (CT3) from any of the East of England Psychiatry core training rotations who have gained their MRCPsych. Appointment will be by competitive interview and posts will be taken up at the end of the CT3 year.

Two posts will be available for up to 6 months from August 2016 and two from August 2017. It is likely that half would be based at the University of Cambridge and half at the University of East Anglia, although other academic sites could also be involved. The apprentice would be based with their mentor’s group or in a CLAHRC office but employment during the attachment would remain with the NHS, the employing Trust being refunded by CLAHRC EoE. Matching of the apprentice to the mentor will be based on the choice made by apprentices from a list of available opportunities, supplemented where requested by meetings with the scheme organisers and potential mentors.

What should I do next?

To express an interest in being a mentor and ask any questions about the scheme, please contact Howard Ring, Programme Director on or 01223 746121

If you decide to put yourself forward as a mentor, you will a need to provide a plan for what the apprentice will be doing during the placement (in relation to the content options given above), be able to start in August 2016 or 2017 and commit to either a three or six month period.

Please submit your expression of interest by Friday 4 December 2015

Scheme Leadership

Dr Howard Ring, Programme Director, Clinical Academic Psychiatry Training, University of Cambridge.
Professor Peter Jones, CLAHRC EoE Director, Deputy Head of Clinical School, University of Cambridge.

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