ACF Infectious Diseases 2022 HYMS

Post available in Infectious Diseases ST1 or ST3 (Theme post: Epidemiology and Public Health)


Hull York Medical School, in partnership with Health Education England Yorkshire and the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has developed an exciting opportunity for clinical academic training in Infectious Diseases. 


Applications are now invited for an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at ST1 or ST3 level, in the theme of Epidemiology and Public Health. This post is funded and approved by the National Institute for Health Research and offers candidates a comprehensive experience of clinical academic medicine working alongside internationally renowned clinicians and researchers. 


We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual with the potential to excel in both their clinical and academic training and who has the ambition to be the next generation of academic clinicians. This Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) in Infectious Diseases is run by Hull York Medical School (HYMS) in conjunction with the Internal Medical Training (North and East Yorkshire) Programme, the Yorkshire and Humber Infectious Disease training programme and Health Education England Yorkshire and the Humber. 


Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) are 3 year fixed-term national training posts.  Trainees undertake 75% clinical and 25% academic training over the term of the post. They 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 provided by the University.  They are eligible for a £1,000 bursary per year to support research training activity (e.g. to attend academic conferences and other training). 


ACF trainees are expected to complete and submit an external funding application for a Research Fellowship to enable them to complete a higher degree (PhD or research MD) during/following the completion of their ACF fixed-term post, which would then be completed as Out-of-Programme-Research (OOPR). 


All Academic Clinical Fellowships are run-through posts, regardless of specialty, with the exception of ‘Medical Education’ ACFs.  A trainee entering ACF in a specialty during a Core Training period would therefore be guaranteed continued training to CCT in the eventual specialty, 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.


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


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.

Recruitment Timeline

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



Applications Open

10:00 on 06 May 2022

Application Deadline

16:00 on 03 June 2022

Interview Date

07 July 2022

Initial Offers Released


Hold Deadline


*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 3rd November 2021. 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: ST3-level applicantsposts that will go on to dual specialise with general internal medicine (GIM) can only consider applicants who hold a Deanery Reference Number and are in the penultimate year of Internal Medical Training (CT2) or ACCS acute medicine (CT3). There is no need to be clinically benchmarked if you only wish to be considered for this option. Applicants wishing to be considered for combined infection training programmes which will not dual specialise with GIM (Group 2 specialties), will need to apply to the clinical ST3/ST4 Combined Infection Training vacancy and attend a benchmarking interview to confirm any offer made.

Trainees currently in the penultimate year of their core programme who are successful in gaining an ST3-level ACF programme that dual specialises with GIM will start their first year by completing IMY3. Assuming internal medicine stage 1 is completed successfully, they will then run-through into their higher specialty at ST4-level.


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.


Please note: Applicants who submit the competency form within the application window will only have 1 opportunity to resubmit incomplete or inaccurate competency documents. Applicants who fail to submit a competency document during the application window will only have 1 subsequent opportunity to submit the form. Please therefore ensure that you have thoroughly read the guidance and checked the document you are providing carefully before submitting.


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 online via Microsoft Teams, on a date to be confirmed.


Documents Required at Interview

You will be required to bring a copy of your ID to the interview.


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.

Between 1 week and 3 days in advance of the interviews, you will be sent a data set to review. More information will be sent regarding this on the invite to interview


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.