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Education programme

Across our designations we provide a range of education and training programmes in areas including mental health, research, quality improvement and patient safety.

Current programmes

London Transformation and Learning Collaborative – Critical Care Programme

The London Transformation and Learning Collaborative – Critical Care (LTLC) programme is aimed at supporting the cross-skilling of the London NHS workforce to manage:

  • existing critical care demand;
  • potential future spikes in critical care demand as a result of Covid-19; and
  • longer-term permanent expansion of critical care capacity.

This programme supports London’s recovery plan by ensuring that:

  • system-level training infrastructure sustains readiness for future surge and increased critical care capacity;
  • well-being is integrated for all staff; and
  • opportunities to enable workforce and training innovations are maximised and continually adapted.

Main contact: Lucy Brock, Head of Education and Simulation Programmes, UCLPartners –

Student Peer Support Work

UCLPartners are developing a model for peer support workers for 18-25 year olds to improve care pathways in higher education, for initial implementation by the UCL Student Union. This will be achieved by establishing an Expert Reference Group (ERG), including students with lived experience of mental health challenges (ideally having engaged in peer support services). This ERG will advise on the adaptation, led by UCLPartners, of the original PSW framework developed by UCL, UCLPartners, the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Health Education England.

This competency framework and implementation recommendations will assist healthcare providers and higher education institutes establish peer support services for 18-25 year olds with mental health challenges, including crisis intervention services.

View: Adult Peer Support Work Competence Framework

Main contact: Maddie Brindle, Education Programme Coordinator, UCLPartners –

Patient Safety Syllabus

In July 2019, NHS Improvement launched the NHS National Patient Safety Strategy. A key element of this is the development and implementation of a patient safety syllabus, which was created by Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) based on a proactive approach to the prevention of harm. UCLPartners is working in partnership with HEE to establish the required curricula for the various staff groups in the numerous organisations that make up the NHS. UCLP is working alongside our existing patient safety and education networks, to share expertise and enable collaboration between patient safety leadership and patient safety educators. We aim to support organisations across London to assess their readiness to implement the Patient Safety Syllabus. 

Main contact: John Illingworth, Interim Evaluation Lead, UCLPartners –

Education across the designations

Research + Improvement Methodologies

ARC Academy short training courses

Short courses for partners in frontline services in NHS and local Government. Aims to provides health and social care staff with the tools and methods they need to use evidence-based approaches to decision making and carrying out evaluations of services. Courses on offer:

  • Introduction to Evaluation (face-to-face and online)
  • Evaluation in Public Health and Care, Level 2
  • Introduction to Economic Evaluation (face-to-face and online)
  • Becoming Research Active

Please note that face-to-face courses will become available again when appropriate after the COVID pandemic.

Main contact: ARC Academy –

AHSN Quality Improvement training

In response to the circumstances presented by COVID-19, UCLP are offering a virtual QI training package to support delivery of our strategic objectives in 2020/21 and beyond.

Main contact: QI Team, UCLPartners –


Face-to-face GCP training courses have been temporarily postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic but there are free online versions available, for both Introductory and Refresher GCP training.  

Main contact: ARC Academy –

Research Fellowships (pre-PhD)

AHSC – Clinical Academic Training

A variety of clinical academic training including Academic Foundation posts, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows, Clinical Research Training, Clinician Scientist Fellowships and NIHR Clinical Lecturers.

For further info:

Support for PhD Students

ARC-funded PHD studentships

The Academy doctoral programme brings together PhD students from across the ARC, to create a community of students training in applied health research and take best advantage of the expertise available across the partnership. PhD students, clinical academic fellows and ECRs are also welcome to join the ARC North Thames Academy ECR network.

Alongside doctoral programmes provided by our partner universities, we run the ARC North Thames Academy Early Career Researcher Network for PhD students, ARC research staff and alumni with events throughout the year. These events are a mixture of socials, workshops, and seminars, which cover wider skills such as interdisciplinary working, teaching, implementation, and research co-production. We aim to address particular training needs of applied health researchers working at the interface of academia and health and care services.

Main contact: ARC Academy –

Biomedical Careers

The UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences hosts many PhD programmes in different areas of biomedical science. There are a variety of training opportunities offered for non-clinical graduates through partners such as NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the Francis Crick Institute.

AHSC – Careers Schemes

  • ADAPT – Personal development schemes to build a more resilient and risk-tolerant academic community through programmes targeted at researchers.
  • Clinician Coders – Training for clinical academics to develop skills in data science and machine learning.
  • Eureka@UCL – The Eureka Institute was built to catalyse the growing need for successful translational medicine to address unmet medical demands. Aims to build a global community of translational medicine professionals for the tangible benefit of patients and society, through education, community building and research.
  • ACCELERATE – training events, experiences and resources aimed at upskilling the UCL research community in translational research through technical training and skills development.

For further info: