60 for 60

RCGP and VSO Family medicine at the heart of global health

This image of a woman and child is used for the RCGP 60 for 60 campaign



Help us to change lives in Makeni, Sierra Leone: Volunteer for a 12 month VSO placement now [DOC]

Are you an ambitious RCGP member willing to embrace a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop your primary care skills in a unique setting?  If so the 12 month primary care-focused placement in Sierra Leone is for you! 

This placement offers experiences unavailable in any UK NHS setting and will develop you as an individual and a professional and provide your with a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the development of family medicine in Africa.

Volunteer now for our RCGP-VSO collaborative project and together we will provide you with the tools, training and support you need  to make a tangible, lasting and positive change to the lives of people in Makeni, Sierra Leone.


Makeni is a centrally located district in Sierra Leone, a developing city with good access to the capital. This placement has been designed to give you the opportunity to work with local colleagues to provide a combination of service delivery and education to different levels of medical staff.

The role will involve:

  • providing clinical capacity building support to peripheral health units and community health centres
  • working in the district hospital outpatient department, delivering care to patients alongside the local healthcare team
  • supporting on-the-job training of the existing local healthcare team
  • working with the clinical staff in inpatient areas, strengthening their capacity to deliver effective healthcare

Contribute to the overall health management practice in the hospital through coaching and on the job training to support staff in strengthening management systems and administration.

The aim

As part of our 60th anniversary year celebrations the RCGP has partnered with Voluntary Service Overseas(VSO) to launch our first international appeal, 60 for 60. Our aim was to raise £60,000 to support the development of family medicine in Sub Saharan Africa, through the training and development of local health workers

Having raised the £60,000 in record time, we are now looking for four pioneering volunteers to help support our aim to deliver health for all through primary.


For more information please contact the RCGP International team International@rcgp.org.uk. Completed application forms will be assessed by our panel of experts before being forwarded to VSO, enabling you to begin your VSO journey. 

Assessment and selection

We are looking for four volunteers to travel over the next 24-30 months. Assessment and selection will be made by the RCGP and VSO in collaboration.

The selection process is expected to take up to six months so apply now!


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