In Northern Ireland there are usually two General Practice Academic Research Training Scheme (GPARTS) posts available each year, funded jointly by the NI Medical and Dental Training Agency and the Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency. These posts are open to doctors who have already been selected for specialist training in general practice and have, at the time of commencement of their post, completed their ST2 year. They are based in the academic Department of General Practice and Primary Care at Queen's University, Belfast and affiliated either to the University’s Centre for Public Health Research or its Centre for Medical Education. The trainee’s clinical work is conducted in the general practices in which the senior lecturers in that unit undertake their clinical duties. The duration of each post is for two years, with 50% of time in clinical work and 50% in academia, gaining training in research skills, experience in teaching and undertaking a research project, leading to a MPhil qualification. Applications are invited in January, to the NI Deanery, for appointment in August.
Also, there is an opportunity to enter academic GP training as an Academic Clinical Fellow (ACF), similar to the NIHR scheme in England, but open only to doctors at ST3 or above. These two-year posts, based in Queen’s University, Belfast, are appointed in open competition between doctors in training in a range of specialties, of which general practice is one. The posts have been created as part of Modernising Medical Careers/National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Programme of Integrated Academic Training. Successful applicants will have achieved evidence of clinical academic achievement and ideally have experience of research, for example as an academic F2 or in an intercalated BSc. The ACF is expected to complete their professional clinical training, develop an area of research interest and apply for an externally funded clinical research training fellowship for a PhD.
For Further information visit Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and Queen’s University Belfast.