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. 

Vacancy: RCGP Representative to the Vasco da Gama Movement

RCGP International is seeking an enthusiastic RCGP First5 member or an Associate in Training with a strong interest in global health to take on this exciting role of the RCGP Representative to Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM), a professional network of WONCA Europe which brings together GP trainees and family doctors within 5 years of qualifying from across Europe.

The overall purpose of this role is to represent the RCGP on the Vasco da Gama Movement, be the College’s voice on the VdGM Europe Council and support the delivery of the RCGP’s strategic priorities through liaising with the VdGM and other VdGM representatives from across Europe. An important aspect of this role is to contribute to organising the VdGM Forum to be held in Edinburgh in February 2022 and the VdGM pre-conference on 27-28 June 2022 immediately before the 27th WONCA Europe conference to be held in London on 29 June - 1 July 2022.

The role holder will be supporting the work of the RCGP Junior International Committee and the International Team to deliver projects and programmes relevant to the work of the JIC and VdGM.

More details about the role, its responsibilities and accountability are available in the Role Profile (PDF file, 77 KB).

This appointment is initially for 1 year with the potential to renew for another two years (three years maximum). The Role Holder must remain within 5 years of CCT until the end of their tenure. The role is voluntary, and no locum backfill/professional fees are offered. Expenses will be reimbursed in line with the RCGP Travel and Expenses Policy for attending relevant meetings which need to be confirmed in advance.

Application deadline: 14 June 2021, 9am.

To apply: please send your CV and a motivational statement up to 500 words to Dr Tim Oliver, Secretary of the RCGP Junior International Committee, at

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview by a video link shortly after the deadline at a mutually convenient time.

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).

Further information

Erasmus+ funded Hippokrates Exchange Programme

JIC one day event

Thanks to Erasmus+ funding, the RCGP has successfully completed the 2018-2020 cycle of the Hippokrates Exchange Programme (project no. 2018-1-UK01-KA102-047158).

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

Erasmus reports 2018 - 2020

Adam Fazakerley (141 KB PDF)

Almas Janjua (148 KB PDF)

Athmaja Murali (820 KB PDF)

Bethan Jones (137 KB PDF)

Caroline Sinclair (141 KB PDF)

Catherine Quinn (703 KB PDF)

Charlotte Morris (684 KB PDF)

Daniel Berrio-Galan (684 KB PDF)

Ebrahim Mulla (419 KB PDF)

Eleanor Gridley (222 KB PDF)

Emilie Couchman (164 KB PDF)

Lindsey Kent (227 KB PDF)

Mohammed Noaman (199 KB PDF)

Muhammed Younas (136 KB PDF)

Natasha Glover (166 KB PDF)

Radhika Khanna (166 KB PDF)

Vinoth Gnanaganesh (176 KB PDF)

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