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

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.

Recruitment of a King’s Sierra Leone Partnership / Royal College of Anaesthetists Senior Anaesthetic Trainee Fellow

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to quality improvement and anaesthesia care in Sierra Leone, open to CT2+ anaesthetic trainees, consultants and SAS anaesthetists.

The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is an organisation of clinical academics engaging in long-term capacity building between King’s Health Partners in London and key partner institutions in Freetown, Sierra Leone. KSLP aims to help strengthen Sierra Leone’s health system by improving training, clinical services, policy and research.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team to develop anaesthetic services within Sierra Leone and make a real difference to anaesthetic education and patient outcomes.  Up to 6 months can be considered for counting towards CCT as part of “General Duties”  for ST5+ trainees at a higher / advanced level, through the optional Unit of Training:  Anaesthesia in Developing Countries module in the CCT curriculum. 

In order to apply, please send a covering letter (maximum 2 pages in length) outlining why you are interested in undertaking the post and a CV (maximum 4 pages in length) to:

Closing Date: 16 April 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Mercy Ships, Cameroon and Guinea

A unique opportunity for anaesthetists at any stage of their career from the end of CT2-onwards. The main aim of this fellowship is to make surgery safer thorugout Cameroon and Guinea: delivering Mercy Ships 'Safe Surgery' course, including implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. This is to commence mid-September 2018 for a minimum period of 3 months. 

For further information, please contact

Closing Date: 6 April 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 

Closing Date: 8 April 2018

Interview Date: To be confirmed 

Namibian Anaesthesia Fellowships

An exciting opportunity for ST5+ anaesthetists in training to make a significant contribution to the delivery of the new MMedAnaes students at the University of Namibia. Working as part of the Phoenix Project (a partnership between the University of Namibia and Cardiff University) you will form an integral part of the teaching and mentoring team, in-theatre, in the classroom and also in clinical simulation. 

For more information about the posts please see supporting documentation below. Wider information about the Phoenix Project can be found at:

If you have any further queries, and to submit your application, please contact


Closing Date: 8 April 2018
Interview Date: To be confirmed

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:  5 January 2018
Interview Date: 22 January 2018


GASOC & ASiT Event:  Achieving Excellence in Global Health

GASOC and ASiT wil be hosting an event open to all grades of Anaesthtists, Surgeons, Gynecologists and Medical Students to engage delegates in lively discussion when considering the doctor as an advocate, educator and clinician in low and middle income settings.  There will be opportunity for networking and project and placement planning, as well as showing a short film on Global Surgery.  For more information and to book, please see the ASiT website.


SAFE-T Summit

The WFSA will be hosting the first ever SAFE-T summit on Friday 13th April 2018, bringing together leading providers of the perioperative team, the summit will highlight the importance of working together to address the healthcare challenges identified by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. Please see the RSM website for further information.

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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