Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust provides acute and specialist healthcare for a population of nearly two million people in North West London, and more beyond. We have five hospitals – Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye – as well as a growing number of community services.
With our partners, Imperial College London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, we form Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. This is one of 11 academic health science centres in the UK, working to ensure the rapid translation of research for better patient care and excellence in education. We are also part of Imperial College Health Partners – the academic health science network for North West London – spreading innovation and best practice in healthcare more widely across our region.
The Trust, with Imperial College London, hosts one of 20 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) biomedical research centres (BRC). This designation is given to the most outstanding NHS and university research partnerships in the country, leaders in scientific translation, and early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques and treatments for improving health.
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, includingcardiology,cancer services, kidney and transplant services, urology, radiology, anaesthetics, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, HIV and infectious diseases, neurology, rheumatology, ENT surgery, gastroenterology, GI surgery, HPB surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology, trauma & orthopaedics, endocrinology, accidents & emergency, cardiac surgery, dermatology, geriatrics, plastic surgery, stroke, tuberculosis, ophthalmology.
Our international education portfolio comprises:
clinical observership programmes
medical student electives for international students
tours and visits to clinical departments
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
quality improvement activities
observing surgery in theatres
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.
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