Honorary Clinical Appointments

The Faculty of Health & Life Sciences has launched a formal process for the conferment of honorary academic titles on our colleagues working in our valued NHS partners. 

The award of these titles reflects the importance the Faculty places on our close relationship with the NHS Trusts in the Liverpool region and the significant contribution our NHS colleagues make to the teaching and research agendas of the University of Liverpool.

These honorary appointments are available to individuals who participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and/or who wish to avail themselves of opportunities for clinical research. 

Honorary appointments are valuable to our collaborative endeavour, supporting these efforts by providing access to the significant resources at the Faculty’s disposal, whilst harnessing outputs for the benefit of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and our shared objective of improving patient care, across the region. 

Further details concerning the practical elements of the formal process are outlined in the attached appendices.

How do I apply for an Honorary Title?

Please read the Criteria for the Award of Honorary Clinical Academic Titles document in the first instance, and decide which title you would like to apply for.

Once you have determined which honorary title you wish to apply for, please download and complete, in full, the appropriate form, ensuring that it has been signed off, as appropriate.

Once the form is completed, please submit it to the email address on the right hand side, along with the relevant supporting documentation.

Available titles are:

1. Honorary Clinical Fellow (HCF)*

HCF status provides access to University systems, and is usually conferred on those who need immediate access for purposes aligned to; teaching, research, integrated clinical academic training, and administration. 

HCF status is not restricted to non-consultant level posts.  

 2. Honorary Clinical Lecturer (HCL)**

The title of Honorary Clinical Lecturer recognises NHS Clinical Staff, General Practitioners or others working in a clinical setting who are engaged with the University of Liverpool’s teaching agenda.

   3. Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer (HSCL)***

The title of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer recognises NHS Clinical Staff, General Practitioners or others working in a clinical setting who are playing, or who wish to play, a major role in the work of the University, through participation in defined undergraduate or postgraduate University teaching roles and/ or research contribution.

  4.Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (HCAP)***

The title of Honorary Clinical Associate Professor would be conferred on an individual to recognise specific research achievement as part of a broader academic role. An associate professor will be required to demonstrate a high level of excellence in research with an international profile.

  5. Honorary Clinical Professor (HCP)***

Exceptionally, the title of Honorary Clinical Professor may be conferred on those who are of sufficiently high academic distinction that, were they University of Liverpool employees, they would be credible candidates for the award of a Personal Chair. 


* The conferring of honorary clinical title 1 is approved at the discretion of the Clinical Academic Office

** The conferring of honorary clinical title 2 is awarded at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Medicine

***The conferring of honorary clinical titles 3 – 5 will be overseen by the Honorary Clinical Appointments Committee.


If you would like to  increase your contribution to teaching activity please read our Teaching Contribution Guidance.  If you have any further queries, please contact Professor Hazel Scott at teachmed@liverpool.ac.uk and she will be happy to advise in this regard.