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, vascular surgery, HIV and infectious diseases, neurology, rheumatology, ENT surgery, gastroenterology, GI surgery, HPB surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, trauma and orthopaedics, endocrinology, emergency medicine, cardiac surgery, dermatology, geriatrics, plastic surgery, stroke, tuberculosis and ophthalmology

Our international education portfolio comprises: 

  • clinical observership programmes
  • medical student electives for international students
  • customised programmes
  • tours and visits to clinical departments
  • short CPD courses

Clinical observership programmes

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.

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

  • multi-disciplinary meetings (MDTs)
  • clinics and ward rounds
  • management meetings
  • quality improvement activities
  • teaching sessions
  • observing surgery in theatres
  • research activities 

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.

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

Customised programmes

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust organises tailor-made programmes for clinicians from around the world seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge. These programmes are offered to cater to different organisational or/and 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.