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

 2019 BMA Information Fund now open for applications from health-focused organisations

The 2019 BMA Information Fund is now open for applications. The fund provides health information and educational materials to health-focused organisations in low-income countries. They work in partnership with Health Books International to provide resoureces that are tailored to the specific education and training needs of health workers operating in low-resource settings. Materials available included books, practical guides and toolds, DVDs and CDs. 
Since 2000, the BMA have provided over 300 donations of books and other information materials to organisations in 70 countries worldwide. Their donations span the globe, focussing on low-income countries in Africa and Asia as well as island states, which face significant health challenges.
Have a look at their webpage for more information on the initiatives they have previously supported and information on how to apply. The application deadline is 8 November 2019, but applications are capped at 100 so early application is encouraged!
The following types of organisations can apply:
- Healthcare institutions
- Medical schools
- Libraries
- Health-focused non-governmental organisations
-  Human rights and community development organisations involved in local capacity-building
If you know someone or an organisation that would also like to take part, please share this fantastic opportunity with them. You can also share this tweet to let your networks know.

Global Anaesthesia Project, Zambia Anaesthesia Development Programme: Opportunity for senior and junior anaesthetists in training and CCT holders

An opportunity for anaesthetists to join a cross-cultural training experience which aims to promote anaesthetic development in Zambia. Highlights of the post include exposure to a varied and challenging clinical case mix. The post has excellent support from UK based ZADP team and local faculty in Zambia. For further information please check:
1. Two Senior trainees (Starting August 2020 & February 2021)
• Post FRCA at start of post
• 6 or 12 month posts
• Opportunities to engage in education & leadership/patient safety
Closing Date: 25 November 2019
Interview Date: December 2019
Details on how to apply can be found at the advert below.
2. Two Junior Anaesthetic Trainees (Starting August 2020 & February 2021)
• Post Primary FRCA at time of starting post
• 3-6 month posts
• Opportunities to engage with education & quality improvement projects
Closing Date: 25 November 2019
Interview Date: January 2020
3. Two Senior anaesthesia trainees who have finished, or close to the end of training (Starting August 2020 & February 2021)
• UK and non-UK international graduates invited to apply
• 6 or 12 month posts
• Opportunities to engage in education or leadership & patient safety
Closing Date: 25 November 2019
Interview Date: December 2019

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 3-6 months 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 stipend for the position is equivalent to £400 per month including free food + accommodation. 
It takes 2-3 months to get the registration plus visa so candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible. 
To apply please send a copy of your CV and your cover letter to Dr Sanjay Deshpande, or Dr Carter
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed

Teaching fellowship in a nationally approved anaesthesia training programme for nurses in Northwest Tanzania

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated ST5+ anaesthetic trainee to a fellowship post Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), Mwanza Tanzania. This is one of four tertiary level hospitals in the country serving the 15 million people of the Lake zone. The fellowship focuses on teaching and training of nurse anaesthetist enrolled onto a nationally approved programme in anaesthesia. There are additionally many quality improvement and research projects within the department, which the fellow will be expected to take part in.

The Medical Mission Institute (MMI) in Germany works with worldwide academic centres to support a variety of health related educational and development programmes.  The partnership with BMC spans over 15 years and focuses on research, support of educational programmes and assistance in capacity building.

This is a 6-month post with a start date of February 2020. The post is jointed supported by MMI and BMC. The post will include a £700 monthly stipend, one return flight from the UK, accommodation with bills included and all fees related to medical registration.

This fellowship is approved by the RCOA training committee and can count towards training as an OOPT or OOPE. For more details on the post please download the information documents.

Closing date for receipt of application is 29th November. Interviews will be held week commencing 16th December, in person or via a conference call.

Application is with CV and cover letter to be emailed to Dr Riaz Aziz 

Deadline: 29 November 2019

Interviews: Week commencing 16 December 2019

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. 

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

    Anaesthesia in Developing Countries Course, Mbale, Uganda, 18-22 November 2019

    This annual residential five-day course offers the opportunity for anaesthetists to learn about the specific challenges of working in resource-poor environments. It has run for over thirty years in Oxford and Uganda and is particularly recommended for thosefrom high-income countries who are planning visits to the developing world in short and long-term contexts.
    The registration fee includes full board and the conference costs.
    Flights are not included.

    Booking is now open! Please contact for more details.

    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