The Clinical Academic Training Office (CATO) was established in the Clinical School to provide core administrative support to two types of programmes and student body, clinicians (Foundation Programme students, Core Medical trainees, Specialist Registrars and Consultants) seeking academic courses and degree programmes, supervisors, skills training and trial work, and overseas programmes that integrate across the boundaries of schools and science. CATO co-ordinates this activity with the Board of Graduate Studies, Degree Committee offices and offices that deal with clinical responsibilities like the East of England Local Education Training Board. CATO further monitors the wider Cambridge and UK research community for funding opportunities. CATO staff are very happy to meet with students who are considering a dual clinical academic pathway, or an overseas collaboration, or are already enrolled in a programme and are thinking about what to do next.
Each trainee pursuing a Clinical Academic Training Pathway has to interface with many organisations: the funding body – the Local Education Training Board (LETB) -Health Education East of England (HEEoE), and various University bodies, such as the Degree Committee and Board of Graduate Studies. CATO helps candidates to navigate this complexity and facilitates the matching of the training level and type of funding appropriate to an individual.
An overseas collaboration will require students to interface with the sponsor, the individual school where they are undertaking the research and a number of offices across the University and immigration organisations. CATO helps candidates navigate the various requirements to study from abroad or to travel abroad for a collaboration and facilitates new collaborations.
CATO also administrates the National Institutes for Health Research Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre training programme (NIHR BRC) http://www.cambridge-brc.org.uk/ . For details on training go to http://www.nihr.ac.uk/funding/training-programmes.htm and for details on annual meetings go to http://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-faculty/annual-trainees-meeting.htm
CATO is key to developing a ‘joined-up’ approach to all its programmes in the University. It is now responsible for the day-to-day administration of eight major programmes, reports on over £20M in funding and looks after over 300 trainees. For further information about any of our programmes or external funding opportunites please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org