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.

Namibia Anaesthesia Fellowships, Supported by Phoenix Prokect 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. There are 4 Fellowships which can commence in either August 2018 and February 2019 according to trainee availability.

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

Closing Date: 13 June 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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Facing Africa Fellowship, Ethiopia

Do you want to further develop your techniques and confidence within a challenging environment? Facing Africa is a UK based charity which runs twice yearly trips to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) performing complex facial reconstructive surgery mostly on patients who have been affected by Noma. Many of the patients have difficult airways in the form of complete bony trismus or large soft tissue defects with pathology.

The surgical trips are for two weeks.

The successful candidate will join the Facing Africa team in Addis Ababa for one of their October surgical missions. Anaesthetists in training wil be able to acess this fellowship as an OOPE, providing they have local support. 

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

Closing Date: 30 June 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed

BKL Walawalkar Hospital, Dervan, India

Would you like to work in a challenging environment and enhance your experience in the field of paediatrics, obstetrics and trauma? This is an existing opportunity for post-CCT Anaesthetists or ST5+ Anaesthetists in training to act as Visiting Registrar in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Bhaktashreshta Kamlakar Laxman Walawalkar Hospital, Dervan, Maharashtra, in India. The aim of this project is to deliver a surgical camp, alongside other community health and education activities for the local rural population. This fellowship represents either a three or six month commitment at Walawalkar Hospital, designed to provide experience in the fields of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in a rural setting.
If you have any further queries, and wish to submit an application please contact Dr Sanjay Deshpande (Project Lead) , or Dr James Carter , consultant in Anaesthetics , James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough:

Closing Date: 18 May 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed 

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: 

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
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