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:

MSF - Swaziland - Now Recruiting RCGP Volunteers!

Our ongoing partnership with MSF proves to be hugely successful, GP volunteering opportunities have been advertised and recruited for both Swaziland and Jordan over the last 12 months and we are now looking for our second Swaziland volunteer!

Our RCGP volunteer will provide quality medical care to HIV and OPD patients (adult and paediatric) in Matsapha Clinic and sub-region health care clinics as well as acting as the focal person for Sexual Violence (SGBV) care across Matsapha and Mankayane project sites.

The RCGP’s role is to support the recruitment process and ensure that the project is primary care focused. As with the previous recruitment round, the RCGP has reviewed and confirmed that the Swaziland project is centred in primary care, the majority of the skills  and experiences required are those that a fully qualified UK GP would have and there is comprehensive supervisory support provided to the volunteer.

Whilst the project is owned and managed by MSF we work closely with them to ensure RCGP volunteers have all the support necessary. A mandatory pre departure training/briefing will be held 01 – 06 September 2016 in Bonn, Germany with all costs borne by MSF.   

More information on MSF’s work in Swaziland can be found here whilst the full role profile is available here.

Applicants should submit a CV and 500 word covering statement to, with title MSF Swaziland describing

  • Why you want to work  with MSF in Swaziland
  • What three key areas of your experience and skills you could bring to this role.  Please draw upon the Role Profile to inform your answer

Application Deadline: Sunday 7 August, 2016

  • Interviews: August 15-19, 2016
  • Pre Departure Training/Briefing: 1 - 6 September 2016
  • Expected start date in Swaziland: 1 October 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 and 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 Keeley, Support for the development of Family Medicine training in Zimbabwe - read the report here [PDF] 

Dr Sturgiss, Developing skills as an academic general practitioner – research methods and teaching skills in the UK  - read the report here [PDF]

Dr Hill, Primary care in the Palani Hills, southern India - 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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