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Training places for overseas doctors in Scotland set to double

100 training places for overseas doctors will be available over the next two years

Ingrid Torjesen

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The number of overseas doctors recruited to NHS Scotland through a medical training scheme is set to double over the next two years.

The Scottish Government has recruited 50 foreign trainees through its international fellowship programme since 2015 but plans to increase the number of places available to 100 over the next two years.

The International Medical Training Fellowship scheme is open to doctors from outside the UK who have completed medical training in their home country and offers them the opportunity to come to Scotland for a one or two year placement to specialise in particular fields where NHS Scotland has a shortfall. 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.

Health Secretary Shona Robison 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 boards.”

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 country.

“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 international doctors"

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 countries.”

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