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.

Now recruiting VSO Placements Sierra Leone

We are recruiting 1 RCGP member to undertake a 6-12 month placement to Sierra Leone.


The main purpose of this placement 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.

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.

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.

For more details on the opportunity please see the volunteer role profile or contact You can also read Padma's insightful blog from her time in Sierra Leone.

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

Interview Dates: TBC

Now recruiting Volunteers for Bwindi Community Hospital, Uganda

The RCGP is offering 2 exciting opportunities to volunteer with Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda. The multifaceted roles are open to 1 AIT and 1 post CCT offering these volunteers the opportunity to lead both staff and service management, coordinate USHAPE (family planning) activities and conduct teaching and other capacity building activities.

Interview Dates: TBC

Start date: July - September 2017 



Discover European general practice through the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

The RCGP is offering 38 funded places for UK AiTs (all years) and FIRST5s within 1 year CCT through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ grant to undertake a two-week long placement observing general practice in one of 10 European countries. Exchanges can take place between 1 September 2016 and 31 March 2018. Countries offered include Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

Please see links for further guidance on Erasmus+ and information on Hippokrates exchanges .

To apply please complete the application form including an application statement (500 words maximum) outlining the reasons for applying, including your learning objectives and outcomes and your CV. Applications should be sent by email to

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. Successful participants experience family medicine overseas in order 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.

Application guidance: When applying please review the guidelines and complete our application form.

Applications are accepted twice a year, typically in the Spring and Autumn. Please check back soon for more details of our Autumn round.

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 Jawaid, Observation of the mental health problems in primary care setting of United Kingdom - read the report here  [PDF]

Dr Zaw, To enhance post-graduate training and education in Myanmar Family Medicine including Dermatology to international standards by developing teaching and assessment skills observed in UK GP Specialty Training Program and UK General Practice - 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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