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For more information please contact

Lynda Carter

Yorkshire & Humber Lead for Global Health Fellows and OOPEs

or Bruno Rushforth and Lucie Brittain

Yorkshire & Humber Locality Leads for GP Recruitment, Selection and Careers

Global Health Fellowships

Exciting Out Of Programme (OOP) Global Health Fellowship training opportunities for GP trainees in Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Have you considered practising medicine overseas?
  • Are you interested in developing your clinical and leadership skills?
  • Would you like the opportunity to spend a year experiencing health care in a very different setting?
  • Would you like to be supported as part of your GP training to develop global health academic and practical skills?

If the answer to the above is yes then you will be interested to hear about an exciting opportunity for GP trainees, as part of the Yorkshire and Humber GP training programme, to work for 12 months as a Global Health Fellow (GHF) in rural South Africa between ST2 and ST3. All successfully appointed GHFs are guaranteed to return from their overseas deployment to a GP ST3 post. NHS employment benefits can be protected for the OOP.

All GHFs will be allocated a GH mentor who will offer support through the 4 years or more of GP and GH Training with regular meetings. There are also mandatory Global Health (GH) study days twice a year for all GHFs in Yorkshire & Humber, the Northwest and North East Health Education England regions. This means you will have opportunity to meet up with your peer group every 3 months from the beginning of ST1 as either an informal Yorkshire & Humber group or at one of the GH study days.

The 12 month placement will be arranged by 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. Those placed in South Africa will be paid at rates broadly equivalent to an NHS salary (R650 000 ZAR). It will be possible to work overseas with a colleague, spouse, partner and children. AHP charge Global Health Fellows a professional fee for their Human Resources and Employment services. AHP and the GHF scheme are currently trying to source a limited number of similar posts in Uganda but at local Ugandan rates of pay.

Placements will normally be in rural level 1 resource poor SA Hospitals. We try to deploy GHFs in pairs or groups for mutual support. The placements are most likely to be in KwaZulu Natal or the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. The rural hospitals provide both secondary and primary care through inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, GP surgeries and basic surgical services. There are also rural outreach clinics which are accessed by 4x4 vehicles.

Working in South Africa offers access to Mozambique, the Drakensberg Mountains, the Battlefields and the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. Connecting flights to Cape Town (Table Mountain and the Wine-lands) and Johannesburg (Kruger Park) are frequent and reasonably priced.

GHFs are expected to keep a Reflective Diary using their E-portfolio during their deployment. There is no requirement to share confidential reflections with their ES in the UK. GHFs may wish to complete a Quality Improvement Project during their deployment but only if timely and appropriate.

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Tayler Bequest Hospital

Colleagues at Tayler Bequest Hospital

Views in the surrounding area


How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Applicants will apply to GP training in the usual way through the National Recruitment Office. All thoses successfully appointed to a GP training scheme will be invited by Yorkshire & the Humber HEE to apply for a Global Health Fellowship when they start in ST1. You will need to complete an application form which will be reviewed to ensure you meet eligibility criteria. You will be asked to meet with Dr Lynda Carter, Global Health Lead for Yorkshire and Humber to discuss your application. Some GHF posts, depending on scheme location, may be competitive and the number of GHF posts available may be limited by the availability of posts in South Africa. For August 2018 applicants GHF posts will be available for every Yorkshire & Humber GP Training Scheme.

To optimise preparation prior to working in rural Africa please consider when applying for your rotation on your GP Training Scheme which jobs will best suit your own development needs to enhance your clinical skills. Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology would all be useful.

For further information on recruitment please see:

GH applicants with Primary Medical Degrees from outside the UK may not be eligible for registration with the HPCSA (South African GMC equivalent) without sitting a series of examinations. Applicants holding a Tier 2 Visa at the time of planned departure are eligible to apply for a GHF but should contact for guidance. Currently it is not possible to work less than full time during the 12 months overseas Global Health Fellowship placement.

Prior to going overseas Yorkshire & Humber Global Health Fellows have the opportunity to undertake (if successful in a separate application) the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Liverpool or Glasgow for three months. The academic costs of the Diploma will be met by Yorkshire & Humber Health Education England. Subsistence costs would be self-funded by the GP trainee.