ACF General Practice - Themed Post (Sheffield)

1 post available in General Practice - Themed Post at ST1-3 or General Psychiatry - Themed Post at ST1 or ST4.


The University of Sheffield, in partnership with Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber and the Sheffield GP Vocational Training Scheme, has developed an exciting pathway of academic clinical training opportunities.

Applications are now invited for an Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Practice at ST1, ST2 or ST3 level with an integrated clinical and academic training scheme through to ST4. This post is being offered under the NIHR theme of Mental Health.

Please Note:-

ST1 applicants who do not already hold a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) in the GMC specialty to which they are applying for will be required to undertake the national clinical recruitment process and attend an assessment/interview for that GMC specialty as appropriate.

*(Applicants wanting to commence the General Practice ACF post at ST2 are encouraged to apply to this vacancy; however they must currently hold an NTN in General Practice. If successful your experience can be assessed upon commencing in post enabling you to work at the appropriate level.)


This new post has been created as part of the Health Education England (HEE)/National Institution for Health Research Trainee Coordinating Centre (NIHRTCC) programme of Integrated Academic Training and offers candidates a comprehensive experience of clinical academic medicine working alongside internationally renowned clinicians, researchers and GP Undergraduate Medical Educators.

We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals with the potential to excel in both their clinical and academic training and who have the ambition to be the next generation of academic clinicians.

This Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme in General Practice will be run by the University of Sheffield, the Sheffield GP Training Scheme and Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber.

General Practice Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) at ST 1, ST2 or ST3 entry are fixed-term national training posts. They attract an NTN(A).

Trainees undertake the usual 100% clinical rotations through General Practice and hospital specialities in ST1 and ST2 years. Then trainees undertake 50% clinical and 50% academic training in ST3 and ST4.

Trainees are employed by the NHS Trust and have an honorary contract with the University at whose Medical School their academic research is supported.

ACF trainees also undertake a Research Training Programme (RTP) which includes a choice of appropriate research modules depending on prior research training. This ‘ClinRes’ course is funded by the NIHR and run by the Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR). In addition the trainee will receive bespoke research training and mentorship within the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care according to their interests and experience. There is access to additional research training opportunities within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health. The trainee is also are eligible for a £1,000 bursary per year to support research training activity (ie to attend academic conferences).


The first two years of the training programme involve standard full time clinical GP training in general practice hospital training posts in South Yorkshire, although we encourage the fellows to attend local and national NIHR trainee conferences and the AUPMC away days if possible and to plan their academic training programme early in the post with their academic supervisor. The Academic Clinical Fellow will have a senior Academic Supervisor allocated for the entire ST1 or ST2 to ST4 training post in addition to their Educational and Clinical Supervisors

In years 3 and 4, trainees are attached to a GP training practice with 50% of their time devoted to clinical training and 50% to research training and carry out a supervised project. In addition to completing their supervised project for publication, trainees will be supported by their Primary Medical Care Academic Supervisor. The academic supervisor will be a senior clinical academic (Professor Burton - head of unit, Drs Mitchell or Dickson) from the AUPMC, depending on the research topic). The AUPMC has an active Clinical Postgraduate Research group and weekly seminar programme.


The Academic Clinical Fellow will be supported and trained to develop a distinctive research project to publication and conference outputs and write grant applications. ACF trainees would also normally complete and submit an external funding application for a NIHR In-Practice training fellowship or clinical research fellowship to enable them to complete a higher degree (PhD or research MD) following the completion of their ACF fixed-term post.

All General Practice Academic Clinical Fellowships are run-through posts and would therefore be guaranteed continued training to CCT as long as they progress satisfactorily through both their academic and clinical training. Run-through status is withdrawn if ACFs do not complete the academic component.

This post is being offered under the NIHR theme of Mental Health. 


The full Job Description for this post is available to download from the right of this page.

Please note:  All applicants who do not already hold a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) in the GMC specialty to which they are applying for  will be required to undertake the national clinical recruitment process and attend an assessment/interview for that GMC specialty as appropriate.


NIHR have produced some Frequently Asked Questions for applicants. You are advised to read this document in full before submitting your application.

Further sources of information

Details  of the recruitment process are provided below.

Please note: This is a multi-specialty vacancy.  An appointment may not be made in this specialty.

Recruitment Timeline

The recruitment process for this Academic Clinical Fellow post will follow the timeline below:*



Applications Open 10:00 on 1st October 2020 
Application Deadline 16:00 on 4th November 2020

29th November 2020 to 15th January 2021

Initial Offers Released           From 21st January 2021
Holding Deadline 13:00 on 28th January 2021

*Please note that all dates are indicative and subject to change.


Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel online application system.

For guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on 4 November 2019 . After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You are advised to complete and submit your application ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.

Eligibility & Longlisting

Applicants for this post will be required to meet the relevant Clinical eligibility criteria for the appropriate specialty and level listed at:-

AND the Academic eligibility criteria listed at:

It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria. All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.

For more information about eligibility please refer to the Applicant Handbookand the NIHR website.

Please note: By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber DOES NOT accept or confirm that applicants meet all eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of core competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the national person specification. This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria.

Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.


Shortlisting will take place following the completion of longlisting. Where possible we aim to give applicants at least one week's notice to attend an interview. However, unforseen delays in shortlisting mean this is not always possible.


Interview Dates and Venue

The interviews for this post will take place on a date to be confirmed Online via Microsoft Teams.


Documents Required at Interview

You will be required to send a copy of your passport prior to your interview.

These documents will be checked against a checklist and the photocopies will be retained on your recruitment file. If you are appointed to a training post, these documents will be transferred to your trainee file.


Interview Format

The interviews will consist of a single panel interview with both academic and clinical components. The interview panel will be made up of academic and clinical panel members.


All recruitment offices will be using Oriel to make offers to Academic Clinical Fellow training posts. Oriel can be accessed at 

Please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank for further information about receiving and responding to offers.

Receiving and Responding to Offers

If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, including weekends and bank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the UK Offers System. No other form of response will be accepted.


Any offer made through this recruitment process is an offer of an allocation to a training programme; it is not an offer of employment. Offers of employment can only be by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.