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Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering

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Clinical Academic Careers

Oxford University Hospitals is keen to develop staff to be skilled both clinically and academically, and has partnerships with local universities to support a range of posts.

For example, the University of Oxford Department of Oncology, in partnership with NHS Medical Physics, is beginning to establish clinical academic roles for scientists.

These clinical academic roles allow scientists to combine clinical practice and research roles, thus providing opportunity for the development and advancement of knowledge and skills in both research and clinical practice simultaneously.

The clinical academic role enables the researcher to address clinical issues identified by patients and NHS staff, and to ensure research findings inform clinical practice.

Clinical academics can make a demonstrable impact on the quality of care and the productivity of services.

Our ambition is to have clinical academic staff in every area of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. They are there to embed evidence-based practice, support staff to get involved in research, evaluation and audit, and ensure best practice found in research outcomes are embedded into clinical delivery and patient care. We are therefore building a network across the Trust of scientists who are research-active and have formal clinical academic roles.

We are committed to ensuring there is a career pathway for these individuals to progress clinically and academically (from Masters to post-doctoral level and beyond) and to ensuring the correct training opportunities are there for all scientists to be clinical academics, formally or otherwise.