International opportunities

We can only achieve our goals with the support of our members.

We want UK and international members who are passionate about improving primary care and family medicine globally.

RCGP International and Overseas Faculty Fellowship Committee

We are excited to announce two vacancies on the RCGP International and Overseas Faculty Fellowship Committee (IOFFC). The roles entail considering applications for RCGP Fellowship from RCGP Overseas members (UK-qualified who reside outside the UK) and International members (MRCGP[INT]-qualified who reside outside the UK) who wish to demonstrate excellence in their professional practice as Family Doctors and progress to the highest grade of RCGP membership – RCGP Fellowship.

We are looking for:

  • One RCGP International Fellow (FRCGP[INT]) residing outside the UK who qualified via the MRCGP[INT] route;
  • One UK-qualified Fellow (FRCGP) residing outside the UK.

Applicants need to be either a UK-qualified Fellow (FRCGP) or an overseas-qualified International Fellow (FRCGP[INT]), in Good Standing with the RCGP, the GMC and/or their relevant regulatory body in their country of residence.

The appointments are initially for three years, with the possibility to be renewed for another three years, six years in total maximum. These roles are voluntary, and no remuneration is offered. The time commitment will involve joining three to four Fellowship Committee meetings a year virtually (by Zoom) for up to 1 hour or so each, as well as reviewing and commenting on incoming Fellowship applications in advance of meetings.

To apply, please email international@rcgp.org.uk with your up-to-date CV and a statement up to 500 words maximum explaining why you are interested in these roles and how you can contribute to the work of the IOFFC.

Deadline: 9am (London time zone) on Monday 1 July 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview by Zoom within two to three weeks after the deadline.

Role of the International and Overseas Faculty Fellowship Committee (IOFFC) 

The International and Overseas Faculty Fellowship Committee (IOFFC) is a key part of the RCGP Fellowship process. Its role is to consider Fellowship nominations/applications from Overseas members with MRCGP gained in the UK for Fellowship (FRCGP) and from International members with MRCGP[INT] gained outside the UK for International Fellowship (FRCGP[INT]) before passing on their recommendations to the Awards Committee of Council.

The IOFFC will receive and consider all Fellowship nominations/applications in an open and transparent process as detailed in the Candidate and Supporter user guides published on the RCGP website (https://www.rcgp.org.uk/membership/fellowship).

The IOFFC should encourage applications from Overseas and International Members and help promote the benefits of Fellowship to eligible members.

The RCGP is grateful to all involved in the IOFFC for giving their time voluntarily and with such enthusiasm to ensure the continuous growth of the number of Fellows within the College.

Composition for the IOFFC

  • RCGP International Medical Directors who are Fellows of the College;
  • One UK-qualified Overseas Fellow (FRCGP) residing outside the UK;
  • One overseas-qualified International Fellow (FRCGP[INT]) residing outside the UK;
  • RCGP International Development Advisor(-s) (IDA/IDAs) to the MRCGP[INT] accreditation programme, current or within 2 years of demitting post, who is familiar with the accredited site(-s) where an applicant qualified for MRCGP[INT] and/or where they are currently working and/or where they may come from.

Term in office

Appointment will be for three years, renewable for a further three years.

Eligibility for IOFFC

  • To be an RCGP International Medical Director if IOFFC membership is part of their responsibilities in their Role Profile;
  • To be an RCGP International Development Advisor (IDA) to an MRCGP[INT] accredited site, or within 2 years of demitting post;
  • To be a Fellow or International Fellow of the RCGP;
  • To be In Good Standing with the RCGP, GMC or relevant overseas regulatory body in their country of residence;
  • To have the capacity and willingness to attend 3-4 virtual (online) committee meetings a year and review Fellowship nominations/applications on a voluntary basis.

Role of the IOFFC Chair

  • Accountable to: The Provost of IOFFC (usually Lead Officer for International) and to the Awards Committee of Council.
  • Term in office: Three years.
  • Appointment criteria: Fellow or International Fellow of the College, In Good Standing with RCGP, GMC or relevant overseas national regulatory body and a Member of the International and Overseas Faculty Fellowship Committee.
  • Election arrangements: Elected by the members of the International and Oversea Faculty Fellowship Committee.
  • Overall purpose: To lead the Committee to justifiable, fair and evidence-based decisions on applications.

Responsibilities of each member of the IOFFC

  • Participate in IOFFC meetings, usually held virtually, or contribute offline by feeding in judgements/critical statements on applications offline by email ahead of meetings;
  • Receive and review all applications and provide an evidence-based and justified decision.

In addition to the responsibilities of all committee members, the Chair of the IOFFC will conduct the following duties:

  • Chair IOFFC meetings;
  • Encourage contributions from other IOFFC members;
  • Raise issues of concern for discussion at committee meetings;
  • Provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants;
  • Promote the activity of the committee as widely as possible.

Vacancies: Qualified GPs and GP Trainees for placement in Uganda

The aim is to provide an innovative volunteer opportunity which incorporates elements of:

  • service provision
  • teaching
  • quality
  • improvement and research

Its foundation is in an African hospital, which is well known for its focus on primary care. This is in recognition of the increasing awareness of the wide-reaching benefits of working overseas, plus demand for such placements from GP trainees and qualified GPs. Support for voluntary work and the international partnerships is in accordance with the Academy of Royal Colleges statement and the Crisp Report.

Out of Programme Experience (OOPE)

GP Trainees can gain a great deal from the opportunities provided by working or 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. This enhances competencies, improves confidence, and equips GP trainees to become future leaders with the profession.

Many deaneries are encouraging these through Global Health Fellowships. Or, through a range of one year quality assured posts in countries. These range from South Africa, Zambia and India (London Deanery).

Further information

Case studies from international opportunities

Thanks to Erasmus+ funding, the RCGP has successfully completed the 2018-2020 cycle of the Hippokrates Exchange Programme. (This was project number 2018-1-UK01-KA102-047158.)

17 AiTs and First5 members within one year of CCT have had an opportunity to visit another European country. They had a two-week observational placement to learn more about primary healthcare delivery in the host country.

Erasmus reports 2018 - 2020