Junior International Committee
What we do
The Junior International Committee (JIC) is a subgroup of the RCGP International Programme Board and is made up of UK GP trainees (AiTs) and First5s who are interested in International Health. We aspire to involve junior doctors in global health related academic and educational activities, and to develop long term global partnerships to promote and support primary healthcare within healthcare systems.
There are many opportunities for young GPs to be involved with global health both in the UK and farther afield. Whether volunteering abroad or taking an 'Out of Programme Experience' (OOPE), coordinating international primary care research or completing a Hippokrates exchange with a practice abroad, the JIC is here to facilitate opportunity in the international community of family medicine.
For more information on what we do see our promotional video on YouTube.
If you are considering volunteering abroad, see the JIC's newly launched toolkit for working abroad. It answers many of the questions surrounding working outside the UK and navigating the process for return.
Who we are
The JIC is comprised of a core committee of 14 members who are either Associates in Training or within the First 5 years of completing CCT. Each committee member has been delegated the responsibility for delivering to the objectives of the Junior International Committee as specified in the newly established Terms of Reference.
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We coordinate our work through the following 5 subgroups:
The exchange team organises clinical observerships for international first5 GPs visiting the UK and UK participants observing general practice/family medicine abroad.
Erasmus+ exchanges - these are 2 week placements open to UK AiTs (all years) and FIRST5s within 1 year CCT to learn about general practice in another European country. There are currently 10 countries involved. Exchanges are facilitated with EU funding in the form of Erasmus grants (previously Leonardo grants).
Hippokrates exchanges - these are 1 - 2 week self-funded placements open to all AiTs and all First5s to learn about general practice in another European country.
Conference exchanges - short exchanges where participants spend a day or two in general practice prior to attending the host country's general practice conference. The 2016 international GP exchange appeal has now been launched. To donate please see: international GP exchange appeal
FM360 exchanges - set up in the same way as Hippokrates exchanges but generally last 4 weeks and involve countries beyond Europe.
Hosting exchanges - GPs at any career stage can act as hosts for visiting international colleagues. This is a fascinating experience which will strengthen your organisational, communication and leadership skills (whilst being an interesting addition to your CV). In addition it will make you question your own practice and lead to new improvements and innovations. This can be reflected on in portfolios for training or appraisal.
For more information on all exchanges contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To register your interest in an exchange, please complete this online form.
If you are interested in being a host, please complete this online form.
The Vasco Da Gama Movement for new and future general practitioners/family physicians. http://vdgm.woncaeurope.org/content/exchanges
The JIC research group is particularly keen to develop academic primary care both nationally and internationally. We are involved in the following:
Annual Junior Researcher Award – this award aims to promote early career GPs and trainees who include research skills with patient carer as a career. The JIC research group are responsible for choosing the UK candidate for this prestigious award on an annual basis.
Collaborations - We have previously established a ResearchGate group in conjunction with the Vasco Da Gama Movement as a forum to share research backgrounds and ideas. We are also in contact with the Society of Academic Primary Care’s Specialist Interest Group for primary care in resource-poor countries.
Exchange Surveys – In collaboration with the Exchange team, we have developed a pre- and post-exchange survey for trainees/First5’s who will be experiencing these exchange programmes with the aim of increasing the pool of evidence, which highlights the increasing benefits of exchange programmes for early career GPs.
Out of Programme Exchange Toolkit – we are in the process of developing an overseas research and audit toolkit for people going on OOPEs.
Qualitative Study of Exchange Reports – Similar to the exchange surveys and wishing to increase the pool of evidence in support of exchange programmes, we are in the process of analysing post-exchange reports with the aim of identifying common themes amongst those who have been on exchange programmes.
Research Group Mailing List – We aim to disseminate news of research opportunities from abroad to trainees and First5s who are part of this mailing list.
We continue to welcome ideas, collaborations and general enquiries from trainees and First5s with similar interests. Please contact: email@example.com
For a list of JIC publications please see here.
The Beyond Europe group is a dynamic facet of the JIC that places great value in the benefits of global collaborations and international networks.
Current projects include:
Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda – each year we place a GP and AiT to this rural hospital in a sustainable project set up with the RCGP. The aim is to provide an innovative volunteer opportunity which incorporates elements of service provision, teaching, quality and improvement and research, with its foundations in an African hospital which is well known for its focus on primary care. http://www.bwindihospital.com/volunteering.html
Research into the value and logistics of international medical work.
International exchanges – there have been several successful exchanges to Japan. Most recently in June 2016 a group of UK members undertook GP exchanges to Japan to shadow a family medicine doctor and attend their primary care annual conference. To read the reports from their time in Japan:
Dr M Ahmad
Dr O Laird
Dr A Sood
Dr K Whalley
Twinning – we are currently developing twinning projects between practices in the UK with primary care facilities beyond Europe to give health workers in both settings a chance to share experiences and help each other in an equal and equitable way. Find details of our latest twinning project between the UK and Ghana on our Facebook page.
Building links – we work to build stronger links between the RCGP and other international organisations (including MSF).
Online resource – we are working to create an online resource of international experiences and information for GP trainees and GPs hoping to work abroad.
If you would like information on any of our projects or want to help and get involved, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Partnering with Japan: the power of international exchange. InnovAiT: The RCGP Journal for Associates in Training February 18, 2014 retrieved from http://ino.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/14/1755738014523736?ijkey=c609e47a361970e309a5498aaef72d909d298257&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha
Trainees (and First5 GPs within 1 year of CCT) can take part in a 2-week mobility placement within Europe via the Vasco da Gama Hippokrates exchange scheme, observing general practice in another country under the supervision of a local GP. This provides a unique opportunity to learn from and reflect upon differences in practice between the UK and the host country, with the chance to build lasting friendships and professional links.
• EU Funding for 49 placements secured for UK trainees to go to European hosts in 2015.
• Placements are open to AiTs and GPs within one year post-CCT.
• The host countries include Spain, Romania, France, Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Croatia and the Czech Republic.
• Selected participants will receive travel and subsistence allowance for their placement in line with EU rates for the host country.
• In return each Erasmus+ programme participant will host an incoming European doctor (no additional funding available).
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