In order to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in clinical research, a number of organisations set up the UK Clinical Research Collaboration in 2004 to rethink how clinical research is carried out and to ensure it delivers maximum benefit for patients and the public. The publication of its report, 'Medically and Dentally qualified academic staff: Recommendations for training the researchers and educators of the future', (known as ‘the Walport report') in 2005 laid out a vision for integration of training in key academic and research skills into established clinical training pathways, such that budding clinician scientists are exposed to excellent practice in clinical research as early and as frequently as possible in their careers.
See a graphical representation of the integrated academic training pathway.
Integrated academic training programmes therefore ensure you have protected time to pursue a research interest and acquire research skills in parallel with your clinical training.
Nationally, these training programmes are managed by the NIHR TCC (find out more), whereas the local body responsible for IAT across the Norwich Research Park is the Norwich Academic Training Office (NATO).