CAPE - Clinical Attachment Programme for the East of England


Applications are invited for the next cohort of this 3 month clinical observer programme for international medical graduates, with 12 places available across the region.

The CAPE (Clinical Attachment Programme for East of England) offers international psychiatrists an attachment programme and supports them through their visit to facilitate their transition to the UK. 

One of the limiting factors for psychiatrists coming to work in the UK is the lack of knowledge about the conditions and requirements to practice here. A visiting period provides support through mentorship, with the opportunity to experience the clinical workplace and learn about training paths

In the 3 months attachment period (extendable to 6 months), the CAPE attendees will have the opportunity to observe clinical setting in the community, specialist, and acute services in the NHS. They will have access to local MRCPsych courses (for exam preparation) and will get professional support through mentors and peers during their stay. The goal is to support international psychiatrists into specialty training programmes in the East of England.


Possible entry routes (figure below)  to specialty training programmes for international psychiatrists. They may prefer starting the exam process before, during, or after the CAPE experience:


Feedback from previous CAPE observers:

“CAPE was a fantastic experience to fully understand the mental health system in the UK. I now have a much clear view and the observership motivated me to pursue a career in the UK.”

"I found the CAPE very helpful to see the psychiatric setting for myself. It was a great opportunity to visit different clinics and consider the clinics that I can integrate in the future."


Further details are contained in the guidance and application forms below.  There is also a checklist available to ensure your application contains the correct documents.



November 23rd 2018 - Applications open

16th January 2019  - Applications close

16th January- 1st February 2019 - Selection process

1st - 15th February 2019 - possible videoconferencing interview 

1st April 2019 - CAPE clinical attachments begin

1st July 2019 - CAPE clinical attachments end

(Individual variation in attachment dates may be negotiated)


For further information please contact:

Dr Muzaffer Kaser, CAPE Coordinator

Dr Chris O'Loughlin, Head of School     christopher.o'

CAPE ambassadors:

Suzy Bassim (

Rana Moharam (

Shevonne Matheiken (

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