International Medical Training Fellowships
9 August 2017
Improved scheme to recruit overseas
Schemes to encourage doctors to train and work in Scotland are
to be strengthened.
Since 2015 more than 50 trainee doctors have been recruited to
NHS Scotland through various existing medical fellowship
programmes. These schemes have now been consolidated as the
Scottish International Medical Training Fellowship programme. The
aim is to double the number of trainee doctors to over 100 over the
next two years.
The programme offers overseas doctors the opportunity to work in
Scotland's NHS. This provides a valuable contribution to the
Scottish workforce, and also gives the doctors skills and
experience beneficial to their home countries when they return.
Participants have already done medical training in their own
country, and travel to Scotland as experienced doctors to continue
their advanced training in one or two year programmes in the
Health Secretary Shona Robison, who met doctors recruited
through the scheme at Glasgow Royal Infirmary today, said:
"The recruitment of medical staff is increasingly international,
and all health services need to work hard to create opportunities
for doctors from overseas.
"Since we started running international fellowship schemes three
years ago, we have received very positive feedback from health
"Consolidating existing schemes to recruit international doctors
will help boards to access the best possible candidates. It will
also make it easier for international doctors to take advantage of
the opportunity to work in Scotland, and ensure a rewarding
experience which will contribute to developing healthcare in their
Kayode-Adedeji, a trainee on the IMTF programme, said:
"The IMTF scheme has provided a platform for me to practice
neonatal care at a level which I could not do in my home
"In addition to the clinical skills and expertise acquired, I
now have a better understanding of the role of clinical guidelines
in medicine. I have also been involved in teaching medical students
and junior doctors in different hospitals in Glasgow, as well as
performing a clinical audit.
"The programme has also given me an opportunity to interact with
health workers from other countries.
"Though Scotland can be cold at times, the people are extremely
warm. I would certainly recommend this scheme to other
Dr Chris Lilley, Consultant Neonatologist and Training Programme
Director for the West of Scotland Paediatric Training Programme,
said: "Scotland has always recognised the importance of attracting
and supporting high quality medical training for overseas graduates
and is continuing to support these pathways.
"We have a successful International Medical Training Fellowship
programme which values international medical trainees while
enabling Scottish health boards to fill vacant training posts.
"I have been involved in the recruitment, management and
supervision of international trainees and have seen first-hand the
areas where we have improved their skills. With well organised
longer term support these trainees also benefit the services within
which they work whether they be within Scotland or in their home
Ms Robison has recently written to boards promoting the
recruitment of international doctors and encouraging them to take
part in the fellowship programme as much as possible.
The Scottish International Medical Training Fellowship programme
is run in conjunction with NHS Education for Scotland and the
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland.
Source - The Scottish Government