The Norwich Academic Training Office (NATO) provides support for academic training across the range of health professions.
The Office is located within the Research and Enterprise Services support team of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Administrative support to NATO is provided by Yvonne Kirkham (Project Officer).
The office facilitates the liaison between the NHS Trusts, LETB (Local Education and Training Board), NIHR and UEA on the allocation and award of Academic Clinical Fellows and Clinical Lectureships. It also maintains a list of clinical academic trainees, circulates training material and helps with any queries from trainees or academic and clinical supervisors.
The NATO Board meets 4 times a year to discuss ways to improve and expand the IAT programme delivered across the Norwich Research Park. Academic trainees are represented by a Trainees Representative on this board. This is currently Dr Nicholas D Gollop - ACF in Cardiology, who also Chairs the Norwich Clinical Academic Trainees (NCAT). The current Deputy Chair is Dr Kat Mattishent - ACF in Older People's Medicine (OPM).
The NATO Excellence in Training Awards 2015 ceremony has recently concluded. The Category of Best Research Fellowship Proposal/Protocol winner was Nicholas Gollop, with the runner up in this category being Katharina Mattishent. The best Research project prize was awarded to Philippa King, with the runner up prize being awarded to Serge Engamba. Finally, in the category of Best Medical Student Research Publication or Abstract, the winner was Michael James Pullinger, with the runner up prize being jointly awarded to Victoria Muncey and Melissa Gabriel.
Clockwise, from top left: Nicholas Gollop, Katharina Mattishent, Serge Engamba, Victoria Muncey and Melissa Gabriel, Michael James Pullinger, Philippa King.