International opportunities

We can only achieve our goals with the support of our members.  We want UK and International members that are passionate about improving primary care and family medicine globally.

We are currently looking for members with expertise in the following areas:

Now Recruiting - VSO Placements Sierra Leone

We are now beginning a recruitment process to place two RCGP members in Sierra Leone on 12 month placements from September 2016. VSO The main purpose of these placements is to carry out a combination of training and on the job coaching and mentoring for health staff based at Makeni District Hospital and the supporting Peripheral Health Units. Our GPs will provide continuous professional development training to Community Health Officers,  Assistants  & trainee nurses.

Our commitment to the development of primary care in Sierra Leone has not waivered and the delays in implementing projects due to Ebola have only strengthened our resolve. We see this project as a catalyst to an increased RCGP role in the health system strengthening of Sierra Leone.

Ebola has had a huge impact on the country and has decimated the health worker population. Sierra Leone's fragile health system is in desperate need of support and primary care is a particular priority.

We are looking for RCGP volunteers who have a passion for international education and training, who want to use their skills and experiences to build relationships and grow competencies as a means to improving primary care in Sierra Leone.

For more details on the opportunity please see the Volunteer Job Pack or contact 

Applicants should submit a CV and supporting 500 (max) word statement specifying why you think you are right for the role to by 29 May 2016.

Interview Dates: 27/28 June 2016

International Travel Scholarship and Eric Gambrill Memorial Awards

These awards offer GPs and family doctors the opportunity to undertake projects or study outside of their home country, experience family medicine overseas to enhance their effectiveness, develop knowledge of best practice and make a difference at home and abroad. Any General Practitioner can apply for the awards (including RCGP members or non members and, UK residents and international GPs at any career stage.) Awards range from £200-£2000.

These awards can be used for:

  • International exchange or study to increase the quality of education and delivery of general practice or family medicine
  • Overseas travel from the UK to study aspects of health care relevant to general practice in the UK
  • Overseas doctors to visit the UK to study an aspect of primary care relevant to their own country’s family medicine needs
  • General practitioners from the UK to travel overseas and help other countries develop their primary health care systems

Applications to the Autumn round will be accepted from 1 September 2016 - deadline 30 October 2016. When applying please review the guidelines and complete our application form. For further information contact: 

Previous ITS winners have been able to complete the following projects:  

Dr Hambley, Community health training in Uganda with LINKS International - read the report here [PDF]

Dr Tham, General Practice in Zhejiang Province, China – Its current state and impact of November 2014 RCGP Course - read the report here [PDF]

Dr Baskett, Delivering primary health care and healthcare education in rural Amazonia, Peru - read the report here [PDF]

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE)

GP Trainees can gain a great deal from the opportunities provided by working/training in a developing country. The Out of Programme Experience (OOPE) gives GP trainees a unique opportunity to take a year out of training to work in a different setting which will enhance competencies, improve confidence and equip GP trainees to become future leaders with the profession.

Many deaneries are actively encouraging these either through Global Health Fellowships or through a range of one year quality assured posts in countries ranging from South Africa to Zambia and India (London Deanery).

Please see below for further details;

Global Health Fellowships 

London Deanery

and see past reports to get a first person perspective of OOPE participants;

South Africa


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