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

The Facing Africa Fellowship: Opportunity in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for two weeks 

The Facing Africa Anaesthetic Fellowship is a venture between the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Facing Africa, a UK-based charity.  We are seeking suitable UK trainees to apply for this Fellowship, providing funds for travel and accommodation.The Fellow will join the team in Addis Ababa in October of this year (exact dates TBC) for two weeks. Consultant anaesthetists, surgeons, scrub nurses and ward nurses travel and work as part of a team providing free reconstructive facial surgery for Noma survivors.
Noma (Cancrum oris) is a devastating disease of malnutrition, mostly afflicting children.  It results in rapid necrosis of mouth and midface and high mortality of around 90%. Survivors suffer extensive facial disfigurement.  
This is a great opportunity for the appointed Fellow to learn advanced airway techniques with the Facing Africa team. These skills are transferable to UK difficult airway practice and there is ample scope for research.
If you are interested in applying please contact Claire Baylis and Ian Stanley via You will also find more information at 
Please read the person specification carefully.
Closing Date: 1 July 2019
Interview Date: TBC

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

GASOC Annual Conference 2019: Global MedTech, 14 September 2019, Leeds

The conference aims to highlight the essential and emerging importance of medical technology and innovation in improving access to safe surgery in low and middle-income countries.

The conference will be packed with talks from pioneering global surgery experts and innovators keen to help show you how Global MedTech is the future of medicine across the world. There will be several opportunities for attendees to participate during the conference, including oral and poster presentations and a global surgery Hackathon.

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