BriefingBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7115.3b (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3b-7115
The report of a task force set up to consider the recruitment and retention of clinical academic staff does not focus merely on money, though it recommends that the universities, trusts, and the NHS Executive seek to ensure parity between NHS and university clinicians. Protecting time for research activity is at the heart of the solution. The report also recommends that the royal colleges and the Specialist Training Authority design training programmes flexible enough to accommodate academics, and recommends measuring competence rather than counting procedures and elapsed time. Clinical academic careers: report of an independent task force. London: Committee of Vice-chancellors and Principals, 1997.