We offer opportunities for healthcare professionals from overseas to observe and learn from our world-class team.

International education and development

At Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, we aim to build links and share knowledge with colleagues around the world. Our clinical observerships offer healthcare professionals from overseas the opportunity to observe clinical work at our Trust. Observers can also take part in unique non-medical teaching and training sessions designed to support development as a manager and leader in healthcare.

We have opportunities available in a wide range of specialties, including cardiology, cancer serviceskidney and transplant services, urology, radiology, anaesthetics, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, sexual healthinfectious diseases, neurology, rheumatology, ENT surgery, gastroenterology, GI surgery, HPB surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, trauma and orthopaedics, endocrinology, emergency medicinecardiac surgery, dermatology, geriatrics, palliative careplastic and reconstructive surgery, respiratory medicinestroke, tuberculosis and ophthalmology

Our international education portfolio comprises: 

  • clinical observership programmes - visiting professional programmes for both individuals and clinical teams
  • medical student electives for international students
  • customised programmes with clinical focus
  • short CPD courses

Clinical observership programmes

These programmes give healthcare professionals the opportunity to observe clinical work in our hospitals for up to 12 weeks. The observer can participate in all non-clinical work and in teaching sessions.

Each clinical observer is paired with a consultant supervisor, who acts as a mentor throughout the programme. Ahead of the start of the observership, candidates are welcome to provide the learning objectives they hope to achieve. Their supervisor will work with them to create a tailored experience, ensuring that observers make the most of this unique opportunity. 

During the placements, clinicians will observe and participate in a range of tailored activities including but not limited to:

  • multidisciplinary meetings (MDTs): specialist teams of health professionals who together with the patient and the specialist doctor decide diagnosis, care and treatment.
  • clinics and ward rounds
  • management meetings
  • quality improvement activities
  • teaching sessions
  • observing surgery in theatres
  • research activities 

Observership programmes also include:

  • corporate induction
  • local induction
  • e-learning mandatory training 
  • access to Imperial College Library (at all hospital sites) and library induction
  • pastoral care service provided by the medical education team
  • teaching sessions on NHS organisation and structure, patient information and data protection, and medical education in the UK
  • visit to the Lindo Wing (private healthcare at St Mary’s Hospital)
  • guided visit to the Fleming Museum and historical tour
  • end of placement presentations review
  • closing ceremony with certificates

Observerships are available in all medical and non-medical departments (subject to availability). Candidates for medical observership placements must be qualified in their home country. UK professional registration is not required.

Language requirement: candidates must achieve IELTS level six or above.

Customised programmes

We organise tailor-made programmes for hospital staff from around the world seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge. These programmes are offered to cater to different organisational and/or professional needs.

We will work closely with you to design a transformative learning experience that aligns to your reality and expectations. The duration of the programme can be shortened or extended to suit availability and additional components or themes can be incorporated into a programme to meet organisation requirements.

Find out more

If you would like to know more about our international education programmes or if you are interested in visiting clinical areas or departments not listed above, please contact Pilar Penagaricano Beristain, international education and development manager.

Email: imperial.int.education@nhs.net
Email: pilar.penagaricanoberistain@nhs.net
Phone: +44 203 312 6068

Our partners

Our clinical observerships are offered in partnership with the Imperial College AHSC, Healthcare UK, Public Health England and the General Medical Council.