Global Health Placements

For 2015 GP ST1 applicants HEE South West are now able to offer Global Health OOPE opportunities in two contexts:

Global Health Fellowships

10 Fellowships available* in HEE SW Severn, 2 Fellowships* available in HEE SW Peninsula.

GP Training duration will be extended to 4 years with a 12-month placement (August to August) through Africa Health Placements (AHP) between years ST2 and ST3. Study leave will be approved to attend the Cheltenham Crash Course in overseas Medicine (fees paid by the School of Primary Care) during ST2.

Global Health Scholarships

5 Scholarships available* in HEE SW Severn, 1 Scholarship* in HEE SW Peninsula.

GP Training duration will be extended to 4 years and 3 months with a 12-month placement (December to December) through Africa Health Placements (AHP) between years ST2 and ST3. Study leave will be approved to attend the Cheltenham Crash Course in overseas Medicine (fees paid by the School of Primary Care) during ST2. The Scholarships include a voluntary extra 3 months’ unpaid study leave and direct entry onto the Diploma in Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Course at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine immediately after ST2 and before going on their 12 month OOPE in South Africa (bursaries to cover the academic fees paid for by the School of Primary Care).

The overseas Global Health placements will be with African Health Placements and will be paid at rates broadly equivalent to an NHS salary and Trainees will be given the opportunity to travel and work abroad with a colleague, spouse or partner. Successful Global Health candidates will rotate through bespoke hospital posts providing the necessary experience to work overseas. The Global Health opportunities will be based equally across Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Swindon and Somerset. All successfully appointed candidates will return to a guaranteed ST3 post to complete GP Training.

When Can I Apply?

Applications for the new Global Health Fellowships and Scholarships should be made at the time of application for GP Specialty Training within HEE South West. Details on how to apply are below.

How do I Apply?

All applicants who wish to take up this opportunity should complete a Global Health Training application form available from the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education School of Primary Care Website.  Completed application forms should be returned by Thursday 4th December 2014 to: Severn.GPschool@southwest.hee.nhs.uk

The Global Health Application Form should be submitted to the School of Primary Care (at the same time as submitting an application for GP Specialty Training via the National Recruitment process).  For information on how to apply for GP Specialty Training in Health Education South West, please see our website.

Appointment to a Severn or Peninsula Global Health Fellowship or Scholarship is competitive and the responses to the questions in the completed application form will be scored and the scores form the basis for the shortlisting

Shortlisted Global Health applications will be invited for interview in conjunction with invitation to Stage 3 of the National Recruitment Selection Centre – Recruitment for 2015 Selection Centre dates will be10th to 13th February 2015.

Successful candidates will be paid up to £40,000 PA (depending on exchange rates) during their time working in South Africa; and will be supported by both the School of Primary Care and AHP to have a life changing experience as well as the opportunity to make a significant difference to the health of a rural community. The School of Primary Care recognises that these placements benefit individual trainees, global health and the NHS.

Placements are in rural hospitals north of KwaZulu Natal (KZN), often close to the border with Mozambique and Swaziland, close to the beaches and Durban.  Flights to major cities such as Cape Town and Johannesburg are frequent and very reasonably priced.

The rural hospitals provide primary and secondary care through out-patient clinics, GP surgeries and basic surgical services.  There are also rural outreach clinics which are accessed by 4x4 vehicles. The hospitals have male, female and children’s wards.   Training will be available for unfamiliar procedural skills such as spinal anaesthesia or caesarean sections.

Note that all successful OOPE alumni will normally be nominated for our Excellence Award for Medical Work outside the GP training programme during their ST3 year.

Who are Africa Health Placements?

From August 2015 all placements will be with Africa Health Placements (AHP). Africa Health Placements is an organisation with a mission: to support and enhance healthcare systems in Africa, by finding, placing and retaining the right people for the job.

Africa Health Placements offer a range of services, which are delivered free of charge, and range from finding the most suitable position and location (based on your skills and preferences), to managing the completion of all regulatory requirements, to ensuring that you settle in comfortably. AHP have a competent team of professional recruiters to assist you with your registrations, work permits, placement and orientation at a choice of facilities throughout underserved areas of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Posts with AHP also attract an attractive salary. Dr Robin While, the Chair of the School Board and former GP and Associate Postgraduate GP Dean, will provide some in-country support from Cape Town. He will also be able to visit you in your hospital with members of the AHP team.

Will I be able to apply for one of these OOPE Options once I have started training?

It is envisaged that most places offered will be at the time of recruitment to GP Specialty Training, however, should additional places become available during the academic year, an advert will be sent out to all current ST1s in the Spring Term inviting applications.  Information in relation to such opportunities will also be placed on the website and in the weekly newsletter.

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Read some of the real experiences of our OOPE trainees.

Our Global Health opportunities are aligned with the Gold Guide and the Crisp Report 2007.  Please follow the hyperlinks for more information.

 * Subject to change

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