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RCSEd Launches New International Surgical Fellowship Programme

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22 Sep 2015

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has today launched a new scheme designed to give international surgical trainees the opportunity to train in the UK for up to two years. The scheme also allows UK NHS Trusts and Health Boards to address staffing shortages, particularly in specialty training posts.

The RCSEd International Surgical Fellowship Programme (RISFP) will run alongside the College’s existing, and highly successful, International Medical Graduate Sponsorship Scheme (IMGSS) and will provide trainees, trainers and the NHS with significant levels of quality assurance and a full package of services throughout the duration of the UK placement.

Speaking about the RISFP, Mr Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said:

"When we started sponsoring international medical graduates into UK training placements over 20 years ago, it was clear that there was a real appetite from international trainees for training opportunities in the UK. Through our existing scheme, we have been able to sponsor hundreds of international medical graduates into training placements which have been pre-identified and have UK consultant support in place.

"Running the IMGSS we became aware that there were other placement opportunities within training units with capacity for international trainees, which were simply not being filled. The new RISFP allows us to work with NHS Trusts and Health Boards across the UK to identify those opportunities and offer them to many more international trainees. It also adds significant value to the Trusts and Health Boards because, although this is not a solution for any staffing shortfalls Trusts and Health Boards may face, it may provide them with a longer-term alternative to costly locum positions.

"The new scheme’s emphasis is on quality and opportunity, I am therefore delighted to launch the RISFP today as I know the huge benefits it will bring to trainees, trainers and employers alike.”

To find out more information about the scheme and how it benefits trainers, Trusts and Health Boards, and our International Partners, please visit the RISFP webpages.

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