YCR Connects NHS Academy

The YCR Connects NHS Academy will enable Sheffield to establish the capacity necessary to undertake high quality applied clinical cancer research, with an expected increase in grant capture from YCR and other national peer reviewed funding programmes.


Working towards YCR’s goal of 2,000 fewer people dying of cancer, every year in Yorkshire, as an NHS Academy Fellow you will focus on clinical aspects of cancer research within the following priority themes which have been chosen to align closely with the YCR strategy:

  • Lung cancer
  • Improving clinical outcomes in common malignancies
  • Improved health and wellbeing with and beyond cancer
  • Early diagnosis and access to treatment

The NHS Academy will enable clinical NHS staff from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust with an interest in becoming research leaders in their cancer-related field to be released from clinical duties for one day per week (i.e. 2 PAs for research active NHS consultants) over 1-2 years to develop a research idea/trial.

Throughout their time as a YCR Connects NHS Academy Fellow, structured support will be made available from existing infrastructure. For their research day, fellows will be hosted within a UoS Department undertaking cancer research if more appropriate and mutually agreed.

The deadline for the first round of applications is 5.00pm on 23 October 2020.

Full details on applying to be a YCR Connects NHS Academy Fellow can be found in:

For further information please contact Professor Sarah Danson s.danson@sheffield.ac.uk or Mrs Caroline Potts c.e.potts@sheffield.ac.uk.