Global Partnerships

The RCoA is committed to forging and nurturing relationships with doctors from other countries. The Global Partnerships (GP) 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 GP 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

Essential Anaesthesia Bursaries for anaesthesia providers in low and middle income countries

The RCoA, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) are offering hundreds of bursaries for anaesthesia providers to progress their anaesthesia training through the Essential Anaesthesia online course. 
The course, developed by the RCoA and WFSA, provides a quality-assured e-learning programme designed for anaestheia providers in countries with limited resources.  The deadline for application for bursaries is 15 April 2018.  For more information and to apply please see the WFSA website.

Opportunity in Tanzania for CCT and post-CCT anaesthetists in training: Lifebox Fellowship at KCMC 

We are excited to open recruitment to our 6-month Fellowship at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Tanzania to start in February 2019. This is open to anaesthetic trainees (ST5 or above) or consultant anaesthetists (current or retired) keen to make a significant contribution to anaesthesia care in a low-resource setting.

Please apply with CV and covering letter setting out your motivation and how you meet the person specification. Applications should be sent to

Closing Date: 23 July 2018

Interview Date: August 2018

Opportunities for UK anaesthetists post CCT or OOPT at BKL Walawalkar Hospital, Dervan, India

Applications are invited for post CCT Anaesthetists or post ST4 trainee Anaesthetists (OOPT only) to act as Visiting Registrar in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Bhaktashreshta Kamlakar Laxman Walawalkar Hospital, Dervan, Maharashtra, in India. This is a six month commitment designed to provide experience in the fields of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in a rural setting. The hospital is situated 19 km from the town of Chiplun. This is the only comprehensive ultramodern hospital near the midpoint of the Mumbai to Goa highway which stretches over 375 miles.

Much of the Theatre work involves routine cases in General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Urology, Plastic, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In addition it is likely that the trainee will gain experience treating patients with malaria, snakebite, scorpion bites, road traffic accidents, organo-phosphorus compound poisoning and round worm related intestinal obstruction.

The post commences as soon as the candidate is selected. The successful candidate should be post CCT and hold the FRCA or equivalent qualification. He/She should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation to work in the environment described above.
Monthly salary will be Rs 70,000 (equivalent to roughly £1000 depending upon exchange rate) plus free accommodation & food.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and your cover letter to Dr Sanjay Deshpande, or Dr Carter 

Closing Date: 5 August 2018
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Namibia Anaesthesia Fellowships, Supported by Phoenix Project and the Royal College of Anaesthetists

This collaboration is a unique opportunity for an anaesthetic trainee to gain 6 months experience with Cardiff University’s Phoenix Project working in Namibia and thus experiencing many aspects of Developing World Anaesthesia. This is a unique opportunity for a trainee to experience aspects of Developing World Anaesthesia over a period of six months.

The Fellow will be involved in a major education programme and expected to spend at least 50% of their time teaching 8 MMedAnaes students attached to the University of Namibia. They will also mentor the MMedAnaes students.  Teaching will be both in-theatre and classroom based and involve some clinical simulation.

Inevitably Fellows will encounter conditions more prevalent in Southern Africa including untreated hypertension and other uncontrolled non-communicable diseases (including late presentation of cancers), HIV, malaria, malnutrition and poor wound and fracture healing. In addition, issues of consent, breaking bad news, ‘do not resuscitate orders’ and withdrawal of care will be handled in an African culturally-appropriate manner.

In order to apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested to: 

Closing Date: 19 September 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Advanced Subspecialty Training and Career Mentoring in Zambia

This scheme was developed as they realise that being such a small faculty in Zambia most of their in-theatre teaching time is spent with the 1st year trainees, and each subsequent year group gets less and less direct training time.  Furthermore, the ones that have now graduated and are looking towards eventually becoming subspecialty leads have little subspecialty training or mentors to support them in doing that.  This scheme was therefore developed with the idea of using short-term Consultant visits to provide direct subspecialty training in theatre and then continuing the relationship through distance mentoring supporting the trainee/ graduate in exploring a particular area of anaesthesia over a longer period. 

They were successful in gaining grant funding to support a pilot of 10 Consultant visits each for two weeks in 2018. 

For further information, please email Dr Sonia Akrimi

Visiting opportunity for post-CCT anaesthetists to train residents and medical students, Ethiopia

As of November 2017, the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with teaching hospitals across Ethiopia, is recruiting visiting anaesthetists to train residents and medical students in various specialties. This is an opportunity for post-CCT anaesthetists wishing to make the difference in a developing country. As part of this role, you will work with Ethiopian counterparts to deliver a context-oriented curriculum, enhance the quality of the residency and fellowship programs, improve the quality of patient care through role modeling, support the sustainability of the training programs, and develop evidence-based clinical care guidelines and a culture of continuous quality improvement.
You will be contracted full-time for one year, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The contract period can start any time of the year.
In order to apply, please send a cover letter, certificate of completion of training and signed CV (including phone, email and skype address) to and

Bugando Medical Centre, Tanzania

The Medical Mission Institute (MMI) work with worldwide academic centres to support health related educational and development programmes.  This well-established Tanzania partnership has been running for over 15 years.A highly motivated ST5+ anaesthetic trainee is sought to provide teaching and training of doctors enrolled onto a nationally approved postgraduate programme. In addition, the successful trainee may undertake quality improvement and research projects. For more information about the MMI, please see:

If you have any queries about the post, or you wish to submit an application, please contact Dr Riaz Aziz:

Closing Date:  3 August 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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THET Global Health Conference, 27 & 28 September 2018, City and Guilds Building, Imperial College, London  

Are you interested in global health? Looking for ways to gain experience overseas? Then THET’s annual conference is the place to be!

This year keynotes will be given by Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health for Zambia, Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and the Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State for DFID, among many other fantastic speakers over two days.

Day 1 will challenge the contradictions that shape our work in global health with plenaries, keynotes and breakouts led by some of the world’s leading practitioners and researchers. Whilst Day 2 is built around abstracts, illustrating the most exciting examples of good practice that have emerged in 2017 and 2018.

Tickets are now on sale: 


    Global Surgery course, 10-14 September 2018, University of Oxford

    The aim of this four-day course is to engage anaesthetists, surgeons and obstetricians together in looking at aspects of global surgical care.

    The course will explore the critical challenges facing those working towards universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthesia care.

    This should be a useful opportunity for those with a developing interest from HICs and LMICs. The course includes free entry to the Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration (GASOC) national conference on 14 September. Bursaries available.

    For more information, please visit: 

    Anesthesia for Global Outreach Course, 26-28 October 2018, Boston, USA

    Supported by an experienced international faculty from Australia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Canada, UK, and the USA, the Tenth Annual Anesthesia for Global Outreach Course is designed to assist anesthesia providers working in developing countries or austere environments for service and capacity development in anesthesia and critical care. Course participants will have the opportunity to consider intellectual, technical, psychological, and ethical aspects of outreach anesthesia work in conditions that they are unlikely to have encountered in their training or daily practice.

    This three-day course includes personal insights from faculty experienced in these environments, as well as current topics in global health related issues. Practical sessions include equipment use and maintenance, hands on simulation, and use of unfamiliar anesthesia techniques. Participants will also attend sessions on tropical disease, cross-cultural adaptation, and travel preparation.  There are ample opportunities for participants to engage with the expert faculty who have experience working in a broad variety of contexts.  In addition the program will enable anesthesia providers to better transfer their knowledge and build capacity when working in the low resource setting.

    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.

    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