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Date: 10 April 2020

Time: 04:34

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Programme structure


A comprehensive month-long induction period is undertaken before the start of the International Fellowship programme.

This will provide:

  • an introduction to Birmingham and the UK
  • an introduction to the Fellowship programme
  • familiarisation with the National Health Service, hospital sites and its partner organisations
  • formal teaching, mandatory training sessions and other specialty specific pre-requisites (e.g. advanced life saving)
  • an introduction to the clinical IT and informatics systems
  • opportunities to shadow colleagues as a supernumerary member of the team in the clinical environment.

During this period international fellows will not undertake unsupervised clinical work or participate in the on-call rota.

The induction period is mandatory and offers fellows a period of acclimatisation before commencing formal clinical training.

Clinical programme

The education and training programme is appropriate to the needs, skills, experience and competence of each trainee and their specialty, and continues to develop to ensure ongoing reviews are reflected in the individual programmes.

Training is supported by a multi-professional team of clinical experts, clinical academics and educationalists through a faculty-type approach and by the delivery of teaching and learning in practice. There is formal face-to-face teaching as well as scenario-based simulation training.

Initially, fellows work with a dedicated clinical supervisor to develop and agree an appropriate personal education and training plan, based on their experience and identified learning needs. Progress is monitored through regular assessment and supervised practice; the plan is updated as the training progresses.

All education and training is regularly monitored to ensure both the highest quality and guarantee trainees are exposed to an integrated research and clinical education environment of the highest standard.

In the first year, fellows develop and consolidate the clinical skills in their chosen speciality. They participate fully in the on call-rota, theatre lists (where appropriate) and procedures to gain the same level of experience as UK-based trainees.

In the second year (if applicable), fellows have the opportunity to specialise in a range of sub-specialties, dependent on their competencies and development plan. Fellows continue with out-of-hours, on-call duties.

The programme is supported by QEHB’s Head of Medical Education and a Clinical Tutor with specific responsibility for International Fellows. These senior consultants have considerable experience in medical education.

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