The UK's status as a world leader in medical research is underpinned by its first class workforce. We want to see the next generation of medical scientists navigate a clear career path, with the right funding opportunities, whether that is in the clinic or the laboratory.
Through our careers policy work, we: monitor the research, healthcare and higher education landscape; respond to changes and challenges in training and career structures; and identify key issues on the horizon where we can shape policy and make a difference to researchers across the biomedical disciplines. Our careers policy work is led by the Academic Careers Committee, which works across the spectrum of clinical and biomedical research careers.
We also work with the Royal Society to support researchers with exceptional talent or promise who wish to work in the UK.
- Team Science: We have recently undertaken a policy project looking at the incentives and disincentives for researchers to participate in large collaborative projects. The project focussed on how recognition of such contributions can be improved in career-relevant decision making, such as recruitment, promotion and grant allocation. The project engaged with funders, employers, publishers and researchers from multiple countries and from academia, industry and the NHS.
- Consultation on draft standards for medical education and training: We submitted a joint response with the Wellcome Trust to this 2015 consultation by the General Medical Council.
- Shape of Training: We provided input to the 2013 review, which looked at potential reforms to the structure of postgraduate medical education and training. Having issued an initial response to the report upon its publication, we are now monitoring the development and implementation of the report's recommendations. The Academy wants to see reforms embed research awareness across the medical workforce and nurture future research leaders.
- Redressing the balance: the status and valuation of teaching in academic careers. In June 2014, the Academy published the summary of a joint project following up the implementation of our 2010 report's recommendations. This work was done in conjunction with the Physiological Society, Society of Biology and Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) (a special interest group of the Society of Biology).
- NHS workforce reforms: the management of education and training was re-organised as part of the 2012 health reforms in England. We fed into the proposals as they progressed and responded to the development of the Bill.
The Academic Careers Committee identifies and works to address key policy issues across clinical and basic biomedical careers. Chaired by Professor Chris Pugh FMedSci and Professor Margaret Frame FMedSci, it incorporates the expertise of Academy Fellows, alongside that of individuals from a range of career stages.
Professor Margaret Frame FMedSci (co-chair), Professor of Cancer Biology and Director of Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
Professor Chris Pugh FMedSci (co-chair), Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Oxford
Dr Amy Foulkes, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Dermatology, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Daniel Horton, Lecturer (Veterinary Virology), University of Surrey
Professor John E Ladbury, Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
Professor Paul Martin FMedSci, Professor of Cell Biology, University of Bristol
Professor Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Microbiology, University of Cambridge
Professor Andrew Pickles FMedSci, Professor of Biostatistics and Psychological Methods, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Professor Philip Quirke FMedSci, Head of Pathology and Tumour Biology and Sub-Dean for Postgraduate Academic Training, University of Leeds
Dr Katherine Sleeman, NIHR Clinician Scientist in Palliative Medicine, King’s College London
Dr Giselle Wiggin, Principal Scientist, Heptares Therapeutics
Professor Julie Williams CBE FMedSci FLSW, Professor of Neuropsychological Genetics and Head of Neurodegeneration Research, Cardiff University