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 services, and kidney and transplant services.

Clinical observership: observe our clinicians at work

What is it?

A clinical observership gives a healthcare professional the opportunity to observe clinical work in one department 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 12-week programme. Ahead of the start of the observership, candidates are welcome to provide up to six 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. The programme includes non-medical training in presentation skills, leadership, management and conflict resolution, all designed to help observers prepare for senior roles.

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, but professional registration is not required. Anyone over 18 years old is welcome to apply for non-medical placements.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide visa sponsorship for clinical observerships – please arrange this in your home country.

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

Fee: There is a fee for clinical observerships.

Contact: Please email Larissa Thomas, international education and development project manager, for more information.

Email: imperial.int.educationanddevlopment@nhs.net

Our partners

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