International Postgraduate Deanery

The International Postgraduate Deanery (IPD) exists to support International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in their UK training, as well as supporting NHS Trusts/Health Boards in training international doctors. The IPD will provide pastoral support and quality assurance of training, as well as sponsoring IMGs for GMC registration and supporting them with their visa applications.

The IPD training programme will replace existing IMGSS and RISFP programmes to improve and streamline current processes. The College has supported the training of IMGs for over 25 years through IMGSS and ODTS (Overseas Doctors' Training Scheme), with the RCSEd International Surgical Fellowship Programme introduced in 2015. The IPD’s new training programme will utilise the College experience and learning from each of these schemes in order to offer an efficient, modernised service for surgeons and NHS Trusts and Health Boards. 

The IPD Training Programme

The IPD training programme allows (IMGs) to hone their skills under the supervision of NHS educational supervisors for 12-24 months, before returning to their country of residence where they can put their training in to practice. The College aims to develop the skills of individual doctors, improve global surgical practice, and increase the training reputation of NHS Trusts/Health Boards internationally.

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This route is suitable for trainees who have already obtained a clinical placement within the UK.  This scheme utilises the Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa schemes. This route is suitable for trainees who require RCSEd to find them a clinical placement within the UK. This scheme utilises the Tier 5 visa scheme.

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  Mr Stuart Clark, International Postgraduate Dean, Member of RCSEd Council, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon said:

'I am excited to announce the launch of RCSEd's new International Postgraduate Deanery. The Deanery will offer Trusts the opportunity to provide high quality training to overseas doctors whilst utilising their skills and expertise within the NHS. RCSEd has over 25 years' experience of delivering similar programmes and we are keen to use this expertise to continue to deliver a world class service.'

  Mr Pala Rajesh, Cardiothoracic Surgeon said:

'I have enjoyed my role in developing the International Postgraduate Deanery, and look forward to seeing it come to fruition. The Deanery will allow the College to develop its existing international portfolio and engage with our Members and Fellows around the globe while supporting the NHS.'



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