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Multimethods study comparing the experiences of medical clinical academics with nurses, midwives and allied health professionals pursuing a clinical academic career
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    Thank you for this important and interesting article! Often non-medics think it's straightforward for medics, when if you actually talk to doctors on the pathway you find it is not that easy. I just wanted to comment that the NMAHP issues also apply to other non-medical healthcare professionals, including psychologists, pharmacists, biomedical scientists and clinical scientists and engineers.

    These professions include significant postgraduate research training as part of clinical training, but this does not seem to have made clinical-academic careers more accessible to these groups. For example, I had to resign from my NHS position as a medical physicist to do a PhD in medical physics that was directly relevant to my role and career development. So I don't think better provision of research training in NMAHP degrees is the answer (although it won't be a negative thing).

    I think the only thing that will help is for the clinical-academic pathway to become more normal, which will happen as people who have struggled with these issues over the past decade obtain senior positions and are able to help their more junior peers. These senior staff with a clinical academic background will hopefully recognise the value of research trained clinical staff and put a lot of effort in to breaking down the barriers.

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