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Dr Keir Lewis, Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Swansea University and Associate Dean for Academic Careers, Wales explains.
The Wales Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) fellowship programme, was launched in August 2009. WCAT fellowships are run through clinical fellowship training positions in Academic Medicine & Dentistry. They are a collaboration between the Wales Deanery and the major universities in Wales (Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr and Swansea) in association and receiving ring-fenced funding from Welsh Government.
Each WCAT Clinical Fellowship provides training from entry (at CT1/ST1 or above) through to competency based CCT. The scheme provides a balance between clinical and academic training. It includes a salary funded 3-year PhD Training Fellowship and a period of clinical training with protected academic time (0.2 WTE) in the latter clinical training years.
The Research training guides trainees in various clinical specialities to evaluate scientific data and apply this knowledge to their own clinical practice, and also help them to engage more effectively in clinical research. As such, research training will link directly to the development of better patient care and clinical training will remain the core part of the overall training.
The primary aim of the scheme is to equip clinical academic trainees with the range of knowledge and skills required to compete as independent investigators in the modern area of translational research. Most recently we have appointed 2 WCATs in genomics alongside a clinical speciality!
How successful is it?
The WCAT scheme is popular with over 14 applicants per place. To date 37 trainees have been recruited to the programme with 18 completing PhDs so far and the first trainees are approaching their CCTs. WCAT graduates have secured prestigious Clinician Scientist Fellowships from major funders including the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council totalling over £3 million with success in many more smaller grants, prizes and travel / equipment bursaries.
WCATs have also co-authored over 130 papers, more than 400 abstracts, 14 book chapters, and have 2 patents in progress. The first WCATs are joining the Welsh representatives of the next generation of high flying leads in clinical science in Wales, the UK and internationally.
Who can apply?
Applications are invited from trainees interested in developing an academic career (to PhD level alongside a clinical specialty which varies from year to year). Applicants typically come from Core (CT1/CT2) or Specialty Training programmes (ST1/ST2/ST3), however consideration is given to those at more advanced stages (ST4/ST5) of training who are committed to an academic career. The Wales Deanery strongly encourages potential applicants to discuss their plans to apply for the scheme with their specialty training programme directors as well as potential academic supervisors in advance of submitting their application. Foundation Year 2 trainees with strong academic achievements wishing to pursue a clinical academic pathway are also encouraged to apply.
Those applicants who do not hold a National Training Number or a place on a Core Training Programme if successful, are issued with a conditional offer subject to them reaching the nationally agreed requirement via a subsequent clinical interview and must be within a Deanery approved training programme by the next round of national appointments. WCATs are employed by the Universities on staff contracts but on-call arrangements are agreed with the relevant Local Health Board at each placement.
How is WCAT structured?
Prior to commencing WCAT Candidates explore possible projects with potential Academic/Educational Supervisors to determine whether their preferred university can accommodate the potential research. This will also demonstrate motivation and ‘background work’ which would facilitate early (year 2) commencement of a research project. The WCAT is not a ‘back door’ into speciality training but a specific career pathway into Academic Medicine or Dentistry.
During year 1, the trainee identifies an Academic Supervisor who helps them plan the work, initiate ethical and NHS Research and Development approval, explore options to support fund consumables (if required) and undertake preliminary pilot studies. During this period, clinical training within the chosen speciality occupies 80% of the time with the remaining 20% being protected for the acquisition of transferable skills/knowledge. During Year 1 trainees also attend seminars and research meetings to obtain optimal matching with PhD projects and supervisors. To facilitate the widest possible choice of research projects, trainees are introduced to supervisors in science labs across Wales in relevant research groups at Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr and Swansea Universities. Trainees also enrol in any obligatory Health & Safety Induction Courses and meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Medicine for an official welcome and induction to the WCAT scheme. By 6 months, the details of the PhD projects are submitted for review by the Wales Deanery Academic Training Board. At the ARCP at the end of year 1, trainees provide evidence in progression with respect to Research and Academic objectives as well as Clinical competency, via a joint academic/clinical ARCP and the completion and submission of an Academic Progress Report.
Now trainees devote 90-100% time to their PhD Training Fellowship, undergoing joint annual Academic/Clinical ARCP. In years 3 and 4, scientific progress will be monitored and supported by the local Academic Lead and also the Training Programme Director an Associate Dean. Post-doctoral career plans are put forward to the ARCP panel and advice regarding ‘re-entry’ to clinical training will be provided if required. Clinical activity and training during the PhD fellowship will be appropriate (typically one session per week, organised with the Training Programme Director) to embrace the continuing needs of individual candidates.
Year 5 onwards:
After any protracted time out from practicing clinical medicine, including research - a period of enhanced supervision is agreed at the ARCP panel prior to the return to clinical practice. From year 5 until completion of CCT, Fellows will have 20% academic time and 80% clinical training time. This allows clinical training to be completed expeditiously, with support of the Training Programme Director, while post-doctoral research will be pursued with support from the Academic Supervisors. Postdoctoral Fellows will be encouraged to apply for competitive externally funded intermediate fellowships and will be strongly encouraged to include a period of postdoctoral research training but only with full Deanery approval. Joint academic/clinical ARCPs continue on an annual basis. The senior trainees have all expressed interest in long-term academic medicine with the majority wanting to stay in higher educational establishments within Wales.
Trainees attend Monthly or bi-monthly research-in-progress meetings with their Academic Supervisors to encourage esprit de corps, interchange of ideas and open academic vision; additional training in Transferable Skills and technical courses (e.g. imaging, microscopy); post-graduate teaching, seminars and research-in-progress meetings within their Research Centre and clinical discipline.
WCATs have published in high impact journals and presented their papers at national and international society meetings.
We have learned that good mentorship is invaluable in helping trainees negotiate the complexities of clinical and academic training. A mentor may be someone from the same academic department, but may also be someone from a different department.
Networking meeting events are arranged annually for WCAT fellows where trainees present research work in progress both orally and with posters and there is focused teaching on important areas of development including: Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Presentation skills, Grant writing, Research techniques, Welsh Research networks. All trainees are encouraged to contact the Welsh NISCHR research centres and units and build cross University site collaboration.
In conclusion, much has been achieved. It has received favourable reviews from the GMC and continues to evolve. Further details can be found at: www.walesdeanery.org/index.php/wcat.html
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