Academic paediatric training

There is a continuing need to sustain and develop academic training programmes for those paediatricians who want to pursue an academic career. Our trainee guide and other resources can help you advance your involvement in academic training. And, find the contact details for your academic regional representative.

Video from our joint event with Wellcome and MRC for paediatric trainees  - October 2017

Training in research for the benefit of children (2013)

Our guide helps meet our aim of improving training in research skills for all paediatricians in our training programme.

Produced by the College Academic Training Committee, with special thanks to Dr Helen Budge for her contribution to the content and for coordinating input from other members of the committee and from academic colleagues across the devolved nations.

Training in research for the benefit of children (2013) (PDF, 6.41 MB)

Turning the Tide: harnessing the power of child health research (2012) - recommendations in six key areas, including education, training and guidance

Further guidance 

Trainees undertaking research will generally obtain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) via the conventional route, with the registered specialty paediatrics. A small number may have their names entered on the Specialist Register via the academic route. Information on entry to academic training via Academic Clinical Fellowships and Academic Clinical Lecturer posts can be found on the Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) website.

The Academic Paediatrics Association (Great Britain and Ireland) welcomes members from among all those interested in academic paediatrics and those undertaking research. It has a series of case studies (PDF, 28KB).

The British Academy of Childhood Disability's Strategic Research Group has information for trainees considering a career in academic paediatrics. It's of most interest to neurodisability, community and neurology trainees. But there is also information on general academic training, including its consultancy service. And you can locate updated information on grant calls and fellowships in paediatric disability research.

NIHR has a video about developing a clinical academic career.

You can read an article in our Focus members' magazine from Chair of The Academic Training Committee, Professor Howard Clark (PDF, 329KB).

Academic regional representatives

We established this network around the UK to provide guidance and support to academic trainees and those wishing to undertake research alongside their clinical training.

Name and email Role / College region
Prof Helen Budge  Chair / Turning the Tide Representative / East Midlands 
Dr Andrew Gennery Northern
Dr Martin Kirkpatrick East Scotland
Dr Colin Powell Wales
Dr Michael Shields Northern Ireland
Prof Anne Greenough Vice President for Research
Dr Matthew Snape Oxford
 Prof Tim Barrett West Midlands (job share) 
Prof Andrew Peet West Midlands (job share)  
Dr Elaine M Boyle   East Midlands South
Dr Ken Ong Eastern
Dr James Paton West of Scotland
Dr Calum Semple Mersey
Prof Richard Coward Severn/ Peninsula
Dr Jonathan Darling Yorkshire and Humber
Dr  Amanda Drake South East Scotland
Prof Nick Bishop APA Representative