Global Partnerships


The RCoA is committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors from other countries. The Global Partnerships department assists with this. It provides advice to International Graduates who wish to work or train in the UK.

It acts as sponsor for the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), which allows non-UK/EU doctors to train in the UK for up to two years. The Global Partnerships  is keen to help and advise anaesthetists, especially trainees, to spend time working and/or training in developing countries. The IP is also keen to share our high standards of training and education with doctors from other countries, particularly those which are resource poor.

Global Partnerships Department, RCoA

Recruitment of a Zambia Anaesthesia Development Project/RCoA Anaesthetic Trainee Fellow

The RCoA are pleased to advise that there are exciting opportunities to make a significant contribution to quality improvement and anaesthesia care in Sierra Leone, open to CT2+ and ST5+.  The Fellowship is being offered by ZADP, with the support of the RCoA. For more information please see the adverts below and the ZADP website. For further queries please contact:

Closing date for applications: Friday 21 April 2017
Interview date: 9/11 May 2017

In order to apply for any of the posts below, please send a statement (no longer than 300 words) outlining why you would like the post and what you would contribute, plus a CV (maximum five pages in length) to:

The Checklist Effect Screening in support of Lifebox


The Royal College of Anaesthetists (in association with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland) is excited to host a special screening of The Checklist Effect: an extraordinary feature-length documentary for anyone who’s ever had surgery, or might need it one day. (That’s all of us.) 

Inspired by surgeon and author Atul Gawande’s award-winning book The Checklist Manifesto, this film explores the challenges of delivering safe surgery and anaesthesia on a global scale - and how a seemingly-simple piece of paper can mean the difference between life and death.

Follow the camera across eight countries, from snowy Moldova to the wide steppes of Mongolia, into communities, families, and the lives at stake. And go behind the scenes of one of science’s most sacred spaces: the operating room. Instead of admission tickets, a donation of £20 made to Lifebox Foundation’s Lifebox Squared fundraising campaign is suggested.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email in order to reserve your place.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Further information can be found on the College's Events page

Volunteers needed: Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission 2017

The World Federation of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) are currently recruiting volunteers to undertake their Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission 2017. Volunteers are expected to spend two to four weeks in Palestine. For more information please click here.

Questionnaire on international volunteering for healthcare professionals

Researchers from Manchester and  Salford have been commissioned by Health Education England to investigate the benefits of international volunteering for healthcare professionals.  A questionnaire has been developed that captures information about the types of personal and professional development  people have reported from volunteering activities. The questionnaire can be completed online by following this link. When you open the link, you will see further  information and a consent form.

The questionnaire should take no more than 20 minutes of your time. Please note – any healthcare professional can complete the questionnaire whether you have  volunteered or not. 

Introduction to NHS Working Practices for Overseas International Doctors 

The online Induction for International Doctors e-Learning programme is now available on e-LfH website (  This programme is very relevant for all new Non-UK qualified doctors in the UK including MTI doctors. The programme introduces internationally qualified doctors, who are new to UK clinical practice, to national ethical, social, legal and professional aspects.

The programme has 26 e-learning modules in total which are interactive sessions produced by CMFT, along with a number of sessions taken from other e-LfH programmes which supplement the focus of the programme. Previous completers of the programme have found that it increased their knowledge about UK clinical practice and it was useful in enhancing the patient care they provide. 

Sessions include case-based scenarios and are intentionally generic in content, thereby making them useful for doctors of any specialty and grade. It is expected that this e-learning programme will act as a driver for new international doctors to commence a focussed discussion with their educational supervisors, to develop professional development plans and to undertake additional training as per their specialty/local needs.

The Lancet Commission

Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development
The report provides stark evidence of the number of people who lack access to surgical treatment and the devastating effects for individuals and their national economies.  The Commission describes the woeful lack of access to surgery for an estimated 5 billion people (representing over 70% of the world’s population) and estimates that of those who do have surgery the financial burden is often crippling with an estimated 81 million people per year becoming impoverished seeking and receiving surgical care. The key messages also describe the number of operations (143 million) needed to alleviate the gaps in access, and crucially, the economic benefits to LMICS of remedying the situation with  projected savings averaging 2% of gross domestic product.  (I have shamelessly stolen this from the College statement)

For more information, please see the RCoA statement.


The Ebola virus continues to affect West Africa with isolated cases now presenting in the US and Europe. Public Health England continue to monitor the situation in the UK.

Trainees should have been issued with local guidance and below you can find guidance on varying aspects of the Ebola virus.

If you have any queries about how this may affect your Training Programme, please contact the Training Department via

THET Global Anaesthetic Partnership maps

The above maps are a useful resource for those planning a worldwide OOPE or OOPT.  They indicate the locations of Anaesthesia related projects that have been carried out by respondents to the Survey of Anaesthesia Global Collaboration carried out by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland and Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), which was reported on in December 2013. Future projects will continue to be added to the database.

For more information, please click on the map above for a link to the AAGBI.

Information for non-UK doctors wishing to work or train in the UK
Information for trainees who wish to spend time in developing countries
Information on how the RCoA is sharing standards in education and training with other countries
Information for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
What is the Equivalence process?
Information for all non-consultant and non-training grades
Information on updates to the International Programme from the GMC
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