HEE Integrated Clinical Academic Internship Programme


Are you a Nurse, Midwife, Allied Health Professional, Pharmacist or Healthcare Scientist, looking to embark on a clinical academic career and make a difference through undertaking high quality clinical research? If so,  this programme is for you. NHS R&D North West are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the University of Salford, we will be delivering the Integrated Clinical Academic Internship Programme across the North West region of Health Education England.  These highly prestigious internships are funded by Health Education England providing the first step onto a clinical academic career pathway.

If you’re curious about the nature of research into practice or are already engaged in this in a limited way, then the Internship programme will be of interest. Read on!

 How will an internship support my clinical research development?

The internship provides a dedicated period for you to consider and contribute to research capacity and research capability building within NHS services. It will:

  • provide the opportunity for you to engage in and develop a network of clinical academics to develop, promote and evaluate research into learning, best practice and innovation both regionally and nationally
  • support the development of both your clinical and research skills
  • enable you to explore research into areas prioritised within HEE’s mandate or to the education and training of the NHS workforce more widely
  • offer you an insight into the world of the clinical academic
  • access to relevant learning resouces at the University of Salford
  • provide you with significant developmental opportunities to enable you to begin to realise your research potential.


The scheme is open to nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, pharmacists and healthcare scientists who meet the following eligibility criteria. Applicants must:

  • Be employed by an NHS organisation in the North West.
  • Be a health or social care professional (non-medical clinical role) registered with one of the ICA approved regulatory bodies listed here.
  • Have no prior formal training in research or DO NOT hold a research qualification such as a Masters degree by research, PhD or professional doctorate.
  • Have clear potential for engaging in research that will be of benefit to patients and/or the public. This could include data from patients; members of the public/carers; health technology assessment; health services research; and research into clinical education and training.

What is involved?

The key components of the programme are:

  • 30 days’ clinical academic research experience supported by supervision from an experienced academic
  • Participation in a 6-day residential educational programme to increase your knowledge and understanding of research and its place in the wider NHS research community. The 6 days are made up of 3 x 2 day residentials spread out over the duration of the 6 months.
  • Exploration of your personal and career development goals

Is funding available?

A single payment of cup to £7,000 will be offered to the intern’s employing organisation to facilitate release from their duties and cover travel and other reasonable expenses.

A fee of £1,000 will be paid to the organisation hosting the internship to cover the costs of supervision and mentorship.

What do I need to do?

An application form can be downloaded here along with the guidance notes.  Please note that if you do not have a supervisor, the NHS R&D NW will assist you in identifying one.

How do I find out more?

After having read the guidance notes, if you have further questions please contact Jo-Anne Simpson, joanne.simpson@researchnorthwest.nhs.uk.

In addition, to inform potential applicants about the programme and the application process, we will be holding online Q&A sessions open for anyone to join who wishes to know more about the scheme and ask any questions.  These will be an hour in duration, 12pm – 1pm, and held on MS Teams on the following dates;

8th November 2022

6th December 2022

Those wishing to join these online sessions can do so here.
During each session we will cover the use of supervisors for those who do not currently have a supervisor.

If you require further information, please contact Jo-Anne Simpson joanne.simpson@researchnorthwest.nhs.uk.