School of General Practice

Dr Janet Rutherford - Primary Care Dean


Global Health Fellowships for GP Specialty Trainees - Exciting! Challenging! Rewarding!

Health Education England, East of England (EoE) provides the opportunity for Global Health Fellowships for GP Specialty Trainees and we are offering positions to those commencing GP Training.  This is an opportunity to gain experience that will both compliment your GP training and lead some to develop a career incorporating Global Health.  Previous trainees who have taken up the opportunity invariably describe the experience as life changing.

Global Health Fellows follow an extended GP training rotation that includes either a 4 - 6 months voluntary post or a year out of programme in a paid Medical Officer role, these are all on an OOPE in sub-Saharan Africa.  Countries we are going to be offering these opportunities in are  Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Namibia and Uganda.  The OOPE posts will be undertaken at the end of ST2 and trainees will then return to complete their pre-arranged ST3.  In addition, Global Health Fellows will have dedicated educational support throughout their training - prior to departure, during the year away, and upon return to the UK.  Although it is not a compulsory part of the programme, we are keen to support Global Health Fellows who wish to obtain the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health (DTM&H).  To this end, we will consider applications for additional unpaid time out of programme, up to 3 months, for those who undertake this course of study.  We may also consider providing bursaries towards the DTM&H course fees, dependent on available funding.


Applications for Global Health Fellowships can be made using the application form below and are managed by the EoE GHF Recruitment Team to GP training in EoE through the EoE GP Recruitment team.


Those wishing to undertake the Global Health Fellowship (GHF) scheme who will or already hold a Tier 2 visa sponsored by HEE must contact the Overseas Sponsorship Team: to ensure that they are aware of your intentions.  

If you meet the Tier 2 eligibility criteria, the Overseas Sponsorship Team will be able to sponsor you for the first 2 years of your General Practice training under a Tier 2 visa. Your visa will then need to be cancelled by the Overseas Sponsorship Team the day after you leave the UK. You will then need to be sponsored again once you plan to return to the UK after the 12 months overseas placement.

The Tier 2 cooling off period states that those who leave the Tier 2 visa status will need to wait 12 months before reapplying to Tier 2. The cooling off period will apply in the above circumstances and means that you can only reapply to return to the UK on a Tier 2 visa after a full 12 month period overseas.

For full details regarding sponsorship, please contact  

Please look at our EoE Guide to Global Health Fellowships attached below which includes a FAQ section.

For any other enquiries please e-mail Hilary Foster  Global Health Manager or Global Health Administrator, who will contact you and offer further information and advice.  

Further information on the benefits of working abroad for British GP Trainee doctors can be found here:

Wednesday, 27 February, 2019
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