RACS is a partner institution for the
International Surgical Training Programme (ISTP) administered by
the Royal College of Surgeons - England.
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 UK hospitals for a maximum of 24 months.
The aim of the scheme is to:
- Contribute to
improving the quality of healthcare internationally.
overseas surgical trainees with a period of training and
development in the UK before returning to their home countries
where their patients and colleagues can benefit from the skills and
experience they have obtained in the UK.
relationships between UK hospitals and international
- Support the
UK's international development objectives.
Recent Fellows and Trainees who meet the criteria below 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
To be eligible for a letter of support from the Dean of
Education a trainee must:
- Be in final 6
months of training
- Not be on
Royal College of Surgeons England Eligibility
RACS Trainees and Fellows eligible to register for an ISTP post
- Be working
within an ISTP overseas Partner Institution
- Must have no
rights of residence in the UK/EU/EEA/Switzerland at the time of
- Hold a
medical qualification recognised by the
completed an acceptable internship (or equivalent) of not less than
twelve months following undergraduate training.
completed at least 3 years of full-time clinical practice/training
(equivalent to ST3 or above in the UK) 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
- You must not
have previously attempted the General Medical Council (GMC) Professional and
Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB) test.
1. Members interested in joining this progam should
register their interest with the RACSTA Executive Officer . Those
on the register will be contacted first when a vacancy becomes
2. Positions available will be advertised through Fax
Mentis after those on the register have been contacted.
3. Contact the RCS 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:
a. Primary Qualification
b. Postgraduate qualification
c. Letter of completion of Internship
d. Letter of good standing from AHPRA/MCNZ
e. Letter from medical school with dates of
f. RACS Dean of Education letter of support
g. Equality and Diversity form
h. Declaration of Health
i. Registration Fee
4. Applicants are shortlisted and interviewed via
5. RCS forwards CVs' of applicants to recruiting trusts, at
this stage a further interview by the hospital may be needed.
6. 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.
7. You travel to the UK and will be invited to attend a
joint RCS/GMC induction day at the College.
8. Throughout your placement, you will be supported by RCS,
who facilitates all paperwork for visa extensions and trust
9. Once your placement is complete, RCS will award you with
a certificate of completion.
RACS Trainees' Association Executive Officer (RACSTA EO): Karen
Gordon-Clark, +61 3 9249 1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RCS ISTP Officer: Erinn Middleton, +44 20 7869 6634 or email@example.com