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The ISTP comes under the generic Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme run by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and provides a route to obtain sponsorship for General Medical Council (GMC) registration and the Tier 5 visa so that specialist trainees and recent specialist graduates can undertake training and development in British hospitals for a maximum of 24 months.
The scheme aims to:
- Contribute to improving the quality of healthcare internationally
- Provide overseas surgical Trainees with a period of training and development in the United Kingdom before returning to their home countries where their patients and colleagues can benefit from the skills and experience they have obtained in the United Kingdom
- Foster relationships between British hospitals and international institutions
- Support the United Kingdom's international development objectives.
Recent Fellows and Trainees who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in any of the advertised positions are invited to apply to the Dean of Education for a letter of support.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons eligibility criteria
To be eligible for a letter of support from the Dean of Education, a Trainee must:
- Be in their final six months of training
- Not be on probation
Royal College of Surgeons England eligibility criteria
RACS Trainees and Fellows eligible to register for an ISTP post must:
- Be working within an ISTP overseas Partner Institution
- Must have no rights of residence in the United Kingdom/European Union/European Economic Area/Switzerland at the time of application.
- Hold a primary medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).
- Have completed an acceptable internship (or equivalent) of not less than twelve months following undergraduate training.
- Have completed at least three years of full-time clinical practice/training (equivalent to ST3 or above in the United Kingdom) since obtaining their primary medical qualification, including the most recent 12 months. Clinical attachments/observerships do not count.
- Have passed the MRCS (UK) or hold an acceptable alternative qualification.
- You must not have previously attempted the GMC Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB) test.
How to join the program
- Members interested in joining this program should register their interest with the RACS Trainees' Association (RACSTA) Executive Officer. Those on the register will be contacted first when a vacancy becomes available.
- Positions available will be advertised through Fax Mentis after those on the register have been contacted.
- Contact the RCS Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Officer for an ISTP application pack. The RACSTA Executive Officer can assist with this if necessary. To be eligible, you will need to provide the following in addition to the application form:
- Primary qualification
- Postgraduate qualification
- Letter of completion of internship
- Letter of good standing from AHPRA/MCNZ
- Letter from medical school with dates of enrolment/completion
- RACS Dean of Education letter of support
- Equality and Diversity form
- Declaration of Health
- Registration fee
- Applicants are shortlisted and interviewed via Skype.
- RCS forwards CVs of applicants to recruiting trusts, at this stage a further interview by the hospital may be needed.
- An offer of employment gets made. At this stage RACS is informed and the RCS facilitates the GMC registration and sponsorship for the Tier 5 visa.
- You travel to the United Kingdom and will be invited to attend a joint RCS/GMC induction day at the College.
- Throughout your placement, you will be supported by the RCS, who facilitates all paperwork for visa extensions and trust rotations.
- Once your placement is complete, the RCS will award you with a certificate of completion.
Contact RACSTA representatives at email@example.com or phone on +61 3 9249 1212
Contact RCS ISTP Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on +44 20 7869 6634