A new website promoting the value clinical academic careers is a useful resource for clinicians with interests in mental health research
CATCH, the Clinical Academic Training & Careers Hub, aims to be a one stop shop for information on academic careers. The website promotes the role of clinical academics and supports health professionals beginning their clinical academic journey.
Clinical academics are qualified healthcare professionals who also work in academia, typically in research, teaching, or both. They balance their time between treating patients, conducting research and training the next generation of clinicians. As their role is often split between working in universities and the NHS, clinical academics are able to align cutting edge research with real-time patient care.
However, despite their fundamental role and importance the number of clinical academics is falling. Recruitment into clinical academia has not matched the rate of academics retiring, leading to a ‘leaking’ pipeline of an essential workforce. It is therefore vital that the sector works together to promote the unique opportunities available through clinical academia and to inspire talented individuals to embark on an academic career.
Professor Paul Stewart, Chair of the Clinical Academic Training Forum and Vice President (Clinical) of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said “CATCH is a fantastic new resource for individuals interested in a clinical academic career. I hope that those visiting the site take away the exciting opportunities and career progression available in clinical academia.”