Biomedical & health careers

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.

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  • Academic leadership workshop: As part of the wider project on 'Enhancing the NHS-academia Interface', the Academy is holding  a workshop to convene key stakeholders from across industry, academia and the NHS to explore the current and future requirements for clinical academia leadership. The meeting will reflect on how to develop leaders and innovators that are equipped with the necessary skills to meet emerging healthcare challenges, and to embrace advances in novel practises and technology.
  • Team Science: In March 2016, the Academy of Medical Sciences published a working group report on ‘Improving recognition of team science contributions in biomedical research careers’. Two years on, we brought together key stakeholders in a workshop to take stock of the progress and identify the existing challenges and opportunities surrounding team science, in addition to providing a platform to identify opportunities to best support team science for the future.
  • 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.


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