Confused by the maze that is clinical academic training? As an ACF, CL or Academic Foundation Doctor in Norwich, you'll never be lost and alone! You're automatically eligible to become a member of the Norwich Clinical Academic Trainees (NCAT). We meet regularly to discuss issues affecting academic training at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and the University of East Anglia. NCAT allows us to take an active role in shaping our training, by bringing problems and possible solutions to the attention of all trainees and the University and hospital authorities. NCAT gives us all an opportunity to share ideas and learning opportunities as well as seek advice and support from colleagues. NCAT also organises relevant workshops on topics such as 'academic mentoring' and ‘How to gain research funding'. This will be a great source of support for you during your training, and attendance at these meetings is highly recommended.
The Chair of NCAT represents ACFs, CLs and Academic Foundation Doctors on the NATO Board, providing a direct link with the organisations responsible for our training. The current representative is James Kang. To join the NCAT mailing list, or if you have any training issues you'd like to discuss, contact James.Kang@nhs.net.