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

Mercy Ships Opportunity: Senegal, Africa

A unique opportunity for anaesthetists at any stage of their career from the end of CT2 onwards. 

The main aim of this fellowship is making surgery safer throughout Senegal: delivering Mercy Ships 'Safe Surgery' course, including implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. Commences mid-September 2019. 
This post is for a minimum of 3 months, possibility of longer periods. 

For further information, please contact Joan Kotze, Medical Capacity Building Director,

Closing Date: 30 June 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Overseas placement with the Aberdeen-Bahir Dar Partnership for ST5+ or post-CCT in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Applications are invited from ST5+ Anaesthesia trainees for OOP(E/T) or post-CCT placement in Bahir Dar, in the Amhara region of Northern Ethiopia. This is an opportunity to spend a period of 6 months+ in the Department of Anaesthesia at Bahir Dar University, assisting with delivery of the anaesthesia training programmes and developing the anaesthesia service at both Felege Hiwot Hospital and the newly opened Tebebe Ghion Hospital.

Start date: Flexible

Please contact Dr Jolene Moore for more information;

Opportunities for UK anaesthetists in training (CT2 onwards) and post CCT anaesthetists at BKL Walawalkar Hospital, Dervan, India

Applications are invited for anaesthetists in training (CT2 onwards) and post CCT Anaesthetists 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. This post has an educational component - teaching medical students, junior anaesthetists and nursing staff for 2 days. Facilities for education will be provided. 

The post commences as soon as the candidate is selected. The successful candidate should be a CT2 or a higher level anaesthetist in training, including post CCT. He/She should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation to work in the environment described above.
The salary will commensurate to your experience and it includes 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: 30 June 2019
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

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