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

Lifebox Fellowship for Senior Anaesthetic Trainee

An exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to quality improvement and anaesthesia care in Northern Tanzania

We are looking to recruit an exceptional ST5+ anaesthesia trainee to undertake a Fellowship at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Northern Tanzania. The Fellowship will involve developing and delivering a sustainable and high-impact QI project in collaboration with local colleagues, in addition to taking part in delivery of anaesthesia care. Upon completion of the Fellowship, you can expect to have completed the ‘Anaesthesia in developing countries’ and ‘Improvement Science, Safe and Reliable Systems’ units within the RCOA 2010 Curriculum.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 12 July 2017 (5.00 pm).

This is an exciting opportunity for a UK trainee keen to make a significant contribution to quality improvement and anaesthesia care in a low-resource setting. The Fellowship is in the process of being approved by the RCOA Training Committee and may be counted towards training as an OOPT or OOPE.

Start date will be February 2018 and the duration will be 6-12 months. A £1,000 monthly stipend will be paid during the Fellowship, some further limited support may be available for travel and other expenses.

Founded in April 2011, Lifebox Foundation is a registered charity which works to make surgery and anesthesia safer around the world. The charity works with colleagues in 100 countries to distribute essential equipment (starting with oxygen monitors) and training, and to support adoption of proven tools and guidelines to make surgery and anaesthesia safer. Lifebox’s Chair is the globally renowned surgeon, public health thinker, writer and TED speaker, Atul Gawande.

Please download the information pack for person specification and further details here. You can also contact Kristine Stave to discuss the opportunity on 020 7631 8881.

Application is via CV and covering letter outlining your motivation for the Fellowship; this should be emailed to

Interviews will be held at 21 Portland Place, London W1B 1PY during the week of 17 July 2017.

Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course

The University of Oxford Nuffield Division of Anaesthetics will be running their Anaesthesia in Developing Countries course in Mbale, Uganda between 13-17th November 2017.  For more information please see the attached flyer.  Enquiries should be forwarded to:

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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