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Doctoral Training Academy in Healthcare and Clinical Practice

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The Doctoral Training Academy in Healthcare and Clinical Practice is a first of its kind offer for primary care professionals in the UK.

The partnership with the NHS via Willows Health, has been designed to provide primary care workers the opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research tailored to their work.

The scheme is led by NTU’s £23 million Medical Technologies and Innovation Facility (MTIF), a project that brings together organisations, professionals and researchers, to improve the lives of patients and cut the cost of care.

Intakes will be twice-yearly, with researchers working both on campus and within their NHS practices.

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Benefits of the programme

Simran Roshan

The programme has allowed me to develop as a researcher and the opportunities for personal development are in abundance. My PhD focuses on the changing perceptions of healthcare intra and post-pandemic. Through examining the drivers of public perception of primary care and how these perceptions can differ within ethnic minorities, I hope to present a patient-centred service model to inform public health policy in future public health emergencies.

Arjun Purohit

Doing a PhD and working with the NHS is incredibly exciting, as I can see the practical applications of my research as I work on it; I can see what I'm doing is going to help people.


The programme is part-funded by NTU and Willows Health.

How to apply

For further information, please contact

Intakes for this programme are Autumn and Summer each year.

Key contacts

Co-director Professor Philippe Wilson

Co-director Professor John Hunt

For general enquiries, please email

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