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Recruitment to Global Health Fellowship: Time Out of Programme (OOPE) training in the UK is different in each country...

England (1) and Wales

Overseas Experience Placements Available to GP Trainees

Applicants at ST1 level are invited to apply for overseas experience placements as part of their GP training.

Global Health Fellowships enable successful applicants to work overseas in a resource poor rural South African community for twelve months between ST2 and ST3 as part of a four year Global Health and GP training programme. Deployment overseas is taken a Time out of Programme Experience (OOPE) A UK equivalent salary is paid by the South African Government.

This option is available in many HEE local offices and Wales for Round 1 recruitment (August 2017 start) and further details are contained below.

Under the scheme, GP training programme duration will be extended by 12 months, unless applicants are also attending the Diploma in Tropical Medicine (TM&H) course, when it will be extended by 15 months.

The scheme is run through Africa Health Placements (AHP) and will be paid broadly equivalent to an NHS salary. Successful Global Health candidates will rotate through bespoke hospital posts, such as obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics and emergency medicine. All successfully appointed candidates will return to a guaranteed ST3 post to complete GP training.

For further information, please read the Global Health Fellowship Job Description & Person Specification documents which are available in the Resource Bank.

Want to know what it would be like to work in rural South Africa? Watch the video below.


To Apply

Applicants must apply for GHF posts via Oriel via the GPNRO; simultaneously, applicants must also  submit a separate national clinical ST1 application via the GPNRO.

The Global Health Fellowship opportunity is not available to trainees who currently hold a GP NTN.


Recruitment Timeline & Vacancy Numbers

GHF posts are recruited to at the same time as the specialty training applications (i.e. Round 1 CT1/ST1). Details of the recruitment timeline and indicative GHF vacancy numbers can be found on the Recruitment page.


Additional Information for Fellowships

Global Health Trainees will be expected to keep a reflective diary and complete an audit or simple project during their OOPE placement with AHP in South Africa. There will be no formal assessment of competencies, and although the e-portfolio does not need to be completed, trainees will require an ARCP at the end of the OOPE. For this the trainee should upload an OOP Supervisor report to their Learning Log under course/certificate. The trainee will be required to use the HEE Overseas Appraisal Toolkit and submit a completed Form R. All Global Health Fellows will be offered an individual debrief on return to the UK.

Global Health Fellows will be assigned a mentor and expected to attend GH educational events during ST1, ST2 and ST3.

Applicants with Primary Medical Degrees from outside the UK may not be eligible for registration with the HPCSA (South African GMC)

Applicants who will hold a Tier 2 Visa at the time of departure should seek advice from the appropriate governmental department ahead of application to ensure they are eligible to apply and understand any restrictions that may occur from being outside of the United Kingdom for 12 months.


(1) Excluding London Recruitment

London Recruitment

The recruitment and selection process for the Global Health Fellowship programme available in London is undertaken locally by London Recruitment and is independent of the national process.

To enquire about opportunities for experience in rural South Africa during GP training, please contact London Recruitment.

Scotland & Northern Ireland

To enquire about possible opportunities for experience in rural South Africa during GP training in Scotland and Northern Ireland, please contact NHS Education for Scotland or the Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency respectively.