The International Clinical Fellowship Programme is certified by the UK General Medical Council (GMC)
The International programme has been designed collaboratively by senior consultants and lead clinicians at Guy’s and St Thomas’. The programme offers an opportunity for international clinicians, who have already achieved higher postgraduate qualifications, to come to our globally well recognised hospitals to gain clinical experience and enhance academic and clinical capacity.
The ICFP is offered over one or two years and there is no specific semester or start date as we consider application in all Paediatric and Adult specialties across the whole year. The ICFP aims to provide doctors from overseas with the opportunity to undertake a structured hands-on training across our main hospitals in London to produce graduates who will be future leaders in their fields, capable of handling the everyday challenges of their health service. You will develop advanced skills and knowledge required for practising independently as a specialist while. We are ready to offer a comprehensive non-clinical training if required. There are dedicated supports in place for each doctor who joins our programme not only during their training, we will assist for visa application, guidance for accommodation, and more importantly we sponsor for the GMC registration and support for the process.
ICFP Training Programmes
Our Programme offers clinical training to international doctors who are self-funded or sponsored by their government, hospital or national training body. We offer Fellowship training in ALL specialties (Paediatric and Adult). This is a unique opportunity to develop professionally as a doctor and learn advanced skills that will be especially beneficial for the health service in your home country in these above-mentioned specialities.
In order to participate in the ICFP, you must:
- Have completed your primary medical degree and completed an internship
- Have completed or be near completion of a four/five years’ national residency programme
- Meet English-speaking standards as required by the UK General Medical Council (GMC).
- You must demonstrate that you have been engaged in clinical practice for at least three out of the last five years. You must remain in clinical practice for the 12 months immediately preceding the date the application for GMC registration is made.
- You will be assessed for communication skills and clinical competence at interview and must be deemed competent in these areas before you can be accepted onto the programme.
- You need a certificate of good standing from the medical council you are registered with
Structure of the ICFP
- You will follow a curriculum and be attached to a consultant trainer, fully participating in the clinical work of your trainer’s team.
- The team structure, and the opportunity to rotate across different clinical sites, will present many opportunities to learn from a range of colleagues in various disciplines and at differing stages of their professional careers.
- Your training will be primarily workplace-based and we can also offer complementary
- programmes such as leadership.
- Clinical activities across most specialties will include direct participation in both inpatient
- and out-patient services, completion of procedures and practical skills, engagement in multidisciplinary team meetings, grand rounds, and journal clubs, amongst others.
- You will be exposed to a high variety of cases across all aspects of your specialty, and, for some specialties, there will be an opportunity to engage in structured subspecialty training.
Application and interview process
The ICFP application must be submitted along with CV, copy of passport and IELTS/OET results. If the clinical department is happy to invite you for the interview, a date and time will be confirmed for a video call interview (via Microsoft Teams). A conditional offer letter will then be sent if the interview is successful. Following receipt of a conditional offer you will be required to pay a non-refundable administration fee* and ICFP admin team will support you going through GMC registration process.
Admission to the International Fellowship Programme requires the support of an applicant’s overseas employer, government or other sponsoring body.
*there may be a possibility of a refund if your application is sponsored
The cost for this programme is £52,000 for 1 year plus a £3,800 admin fee.
How to apply
To apply for the International Clinical Fellowship Programme please email ICFP@gstt.nhs.uk