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The Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS)

The Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS) provides an integrated training and career development pathway enabling clinicians to pursue concurrently or sequentially academic and clinical training within the NHS. It facilitates both the attainment of a senior clinical academic appointment and the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).


SCREDS posts

Edinburgh University SCREDS Clinical Lectureships:  (external site)

Clinical Lectureships

These appointments are made by universities with the support of the relevant postgraduate dean. They provide "in-programme" clinical specialty training as well as focussing on preparation for competitive entry to phase (ii). In addition they enable completion of clinical training where phase (ii) is substantially concluded. They are funded either directly by universities or by NHS Education for Scotland.

Appointments to undertake out-of-programme research

These appointments focus on pursuing a substantive period of research leading to a higher degree, usually a PhD. They may be funded by universities but generally require funding to be obtained from a body recognised by the Chief Scientist Office e.g. the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Chief Scientist in Scotland, etc. Such appointments will normally be as a Clinical Fellow.

Appointments for advanced academic career development

These are academic positions entered after achieving a higher degree by research, either before the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) (e.g. Clinician Scientist or other Intermediate Clinical Fellowship award) or after the award of a CCT (e.g. Intermediate Fellowship at Consultant level, Senior Clinical Fellowship awards funded by the Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust or the Scottish Funding Council).

Who is eligible for an appointment within SCREDS?

Doctors are eligible for appointment to a SCREDS post if they:

  • are on the GMC's Specialist or General Practitioner Registers;
  • hold a National Training Number; or
  • do not hold a National Training Number but have been appointed to a decoupled Core Training Programme recognised by GMC and hold an equivalent Core Training Number.

Further information can be found in the SCREDS: Guidance to the Scheme 


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