Global Health Fellowships

Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex will be providing around 15 Global Health Fellowships for GP Trainees who will be commencing their training in August 2019 and February 2020. 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 this opportunity in other regions invariably describe the experience as life changing.

Global Health Fellows follow a 4-year GP training rotation that includes a year out of programme (OOPE) in rural community hospitals in South Africa through our partner Africa Health Placements (AHP).

The OOPE posts in South Africa 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 – and bursary funding may be available to exceptional candidates who wish to undertake a formal Diploma in Tropical Medicine.

Applications for Global Health Fellowships will be made after successful appointment to GP training.  Applications for current St1s Global Health Fellowships are now closed. 

For any other enquiries please e-mail Dr Karen Skinner, KSS Lead for GHF,

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Interested trainees need to complete an application form to be considered for this opportunity, which is available on our website and should be sent to the Global Health Lead. We will aim to contact successfully appointed ST1s within 4 weeks of receiving their application.  Following a successful application submission, your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet eligibility criteria and if we have more applications in an area than places available your GPNRO National ranking score will be used to determine the successful applicant. 

Appointments to a KSS Global Health Fellowship are made via a competitive process and the responses to the questions in the completed application form will be reviewed. Please note that all applicant’s national rankings obtained at GP selection stages 2 & 3 will be taken into consideration during competitive selection.  Appointment is subject to meeting with your Global Health Lead at an induction meeting to discuss the GHF programme along with your motivation, suitability and resilience. 

A similar process commenced in June for all August 2019 starters.

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To see what it’s really like to be a Global Health Fellow, please read a blog from our previous GHF here.

View the national scheme changed in 2018, can be viewed here

Dear Global Health Fellow,

You need to be aware of recent changes to the relationship between Africa Health Placements (AHP) and Health Education England (HEE). Global Health Fellows deployed in 2018 have had to pay a fee to process their applications. I will attempt to explain some of the background.

Africa Health Placements (AHP) is a social profit organisation (charity) that offers Global Health experiences to doctors. It is based in Johannesburg SA and is a registered charity in the UK. 

In partnership with the Global Health Exchange (HEE) AHP has been placing GP/GH trainees into established level 1 resource poor rural hospitals across South Africa for almost 10 years. 

The Global Health Fellowship Programme gives doctors the opportunity to develop their practical, decision making and leadership skills during their speciality training years whilst providing healthcare in a rural South African community and hospital usually in dire need of additional medical manpower. 

There is much to be gained from a Global Health experience but it is also extremely challenging. In our experience only the most committed and resilient doctors make it all the way through to deployment and beyond. From the complicated and often delayed placements and registration process, to the difficulties of working in a resource poor hospital and rural community lacking many of the tools and supports that you have come to rely on, requires a tough and flexible doctor. However, the experience also offers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, and in an environment in which you will earn a competitive salary and benefit from the many in-service support structures provided to empower Global Health Fellows to get the most from their 12 month placement. 

Until recently, the services offered by AHP were funded by donor organisations, mostly from the US. As a result of a change in the donor environment, AHP is no longer funded to assist the deployment of UK doctors to the hospitals and communities which so desperately need them. As a result, GHFs who wish to invest in their career through a Global Health experience will need to personally fund the costs of the administration, organisational and support services associated with their placement. As agreed between AHP and the GHE/HEE this will be a subsidised fee of £4000, payable in stages with the final payment due after taking up a post in South Africa. In our experience most GHFs return to the UK after a 12 month deployment in credit. 

As well as assistance with medical registration, work permits, visas and getting a job as a rural doctor in SA, AHP are also offering a comprehensive range of options to Global Health Fellows. The GHF package includes a 12 month placement as a GHF in a risk assessed environment, together with substantial pastoral, educational and social and support benefits. The cost is subsided for GHFs and needs to be set against the salary of a rural MO in SA (currently circa £40K GBP) and an unpredictable and volatile GBP/ZAR exchange rate, which can work both for and against your earnings in GBP.

Best Wishes,

Dr Robin While. Global Health Fellowship Programme Lead at Health Education England