Clinical Academic

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We are proud to be a centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching, in the last seven years we have been ranked number one amongst the THE World University Rankings for clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences.  


What is a clinical academic?

Because of their links to the National Health Service (NHS), clinical academics

  • have a substantive academic contract of employment with a Higher Education Institute;
  • are required, as a condition of their employment, to hold General Medical Council (GMC) or GDC registration and, where relevant, a licence to practise; and
  • have an honorary contract with the NHS.

Many of our clinical academics provide services and/or have patient contact with a partner NHS body. Their contract of employment for this work is called an 'honorary contract'. Sometimes the clinical academic will work with more than one NHS body and have several honorary contracts.

The Human Resources Team within the Medical Sciences Divisional Office administers the HR processes for clinical academics for the following staff groups:

  • Clinical Statutory Professorships (in conjunction with an honorary Consultant contract with the relevant NHS Trust and associated with an Oxford College). 
  • Associate Professorships (clinical) (in conjunction with an honorary Consultant contract with the relevant NHS Trust and in association with an Oxford College).
  • Clinical Lectureships (in conjunction with an honorary contract with the relevant NHS Trust)

 The Medical Sciences Division works closely with the following NHS Trusts for its HE staff:

  • The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (incorporating the John Radcliffe Hospital, the Churchill Hospital, the Horton General Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre)
  • The Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust 
  • NHS England (for Clinical Academic GPs and previously known as Primary Care Trusts (PCTs)
  • Public Health England (for Public Health Academics) 
  • Other NHS bodies as appropriate.



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