Training Initiatives

The Wales Deanery is committed to developing high quality clinical managers for the future NHS through Quality Improvement Skills Training (QIST). Also Graduates from the Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellowship (WCLTF) scheme will be ideally placed to build and lead developments and improvements in the delivery of healthcare.

The Welsh Clinical Leadership Training Fellowship (WCLTF) programme is a one year out of training programme for doctors and dentists. The WCLTF provides training and hands-on experience in clinical leadership and management, supported by a structured accredited educational programme delivered by Academi Wales.

WCLTF undertake a leadership and management project from proposals submitted by healthcare organisations in Wales. Leadership Fellows work closely with senior medical and/or dental colleagues and are supported in their host organisations by clinical supervisors.

The programme equips the Leadership Fellows with a range of knowledge, skills and experience required to be credible an influential medical leaders in a future modern NHS. The LINCymru website explains the role of leadership in promoting excellence in medical training and enhanced patient care.

Meet the Leadership Fellows

Welsh Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) Fellowships

The Wales Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) fellowship programme, was launched in August 2009 and to date 40 trainees have been recruited to the programme. WCAT fellowships are run-through clinical fellowship training positions in Academic Medicine & Dentistry. They are a collaboration between the Wales Deanery and the major universities in Wales (Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr and Swansea) in association with and receiving ring-fenced funding from Welsh Government.

The primary aim of the programme is to equip clinical academic trainees with the range of knowledge and skills required to compete as independent investigators in the modern area of translational research.

About Welsh Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) Fellowships

Each WCAT Fellowship provides training from entry (at CT1/ST1 or above) through to competency based CCT. It includes a salary funded full-time 3-year PhD Training Fellowship and a period of clinical training with dedicated academic time in the latter years. Consumable costs are not provided and must be covered locally or by grants written by the trainee and research supervisor.

The aim is to equip trainees with the range of knowledge and skills required to compete as independent investigators in the modern area of translational research. Graduates from the WCAT scheme will be ideally placed to build and lead research from “bench to bedside.”

Those trainees who, at the time of application to the WCAT programme, do not hold a National Training Number or a place on a Core Training Programme in their chosen specialty will, if successful, be issued with a conditional offer subject to trainees being deemed appointable to their chosen specialty by reaching the nationally agreed requirement via a subsequent clinical interview.

Foundation year 2 trainees with strong academic achievements wishing to pursue a clinical academic pathway are also encouraged to apply.

Whilst for the majority of applicants the first year of the WCAT Fellowship will be spent undertaking a combination of clinical training (80%) and preparation for a PhD (20%), in special circumstances outstanding candidates who have not benefited from an introduction to research (e.g. during an intercalated BSc Course) may be supported. For more senior trainees, and at the discretion of the appointing panel, candidates may commence their PhD fellowship in year 1 of the Fellowship.



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