Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care provide a range of education and training programmes designed to share our world-renowned expertise with overseas clinicians and hospitals.
Our hospitals have an established international reputation for research, innovation and treatment in heart and lung disease. As such, our experts are committed to providing education and training to enhance international standards of medical care to benefit patients and staff alike.
Furthermore, our hospitals have research partnerships with respected institutions such as Imperial College London's National Heart and Lung Institute. The hospitals also form the largest postgraduate specialist heart and lung centre in the UK.
With first-class private facilities across two London based NHS teaching hospitals and a state-of-the-art diagnostics centre, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care combines dedicated private care with the very best expertise and most advanced facilities available.
International clinical fellowship and observership programmes
Would you like to join our bespoke clinical education programmes to further develop your skills in cardiac and respiratory specialities? We welcome applications from international physicians based outside of the UK.
Our programmes are designed so that training clinicians integrate into the team, enabling them to maximise their learning outcomes and meet their development needs. The bespoke international programmes are typically tailored to the physician’s level of expertise, their development goals and current opportunities available within the hospitals.
Successful applicants can expect access to one-to-one mentoring from a Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care consultant, participation in clinical rounds and lectures and a dedicated programme coordinator.
Our clinical observership programme is well-established and many international universities and postgraduate institutions send students, trainees and clinicians every year to gain a unique and valuable experience working at our hospitals.
Applicants without General Medical Council registration have the opportunity to apply for the clinical observership programme. The duration of this programme can vary depending on the applicant's development goals and Trust availability.
The programme offers training clinicians the opportunity to take part in observation or practice experiences in clinical care. It is tailored to help build the observer’s experience in line with personal learning objectives.
All observerships require full supervision. When supervised the training observer will be able to:
- take clinical history under supervision
- contribute to the examination of a patient and the discussion on diagnosis
- "scrub up” in theatre. Involvement will strictly be limited to educational purposes only and not for service
- participate in non-invasive, low-risk external imaging.
"My experience at Royal Brompton Hospital far outweighed any expectations. I learnt how surgeons combine surgical practice with research and was exposed to some of the most cutting-edge techniques in cardiac surgery. Anyone with an interest in technology and complex cardiac surgical procedures would benefit from this observership program!"
- Anthony Lisacek-Kiosoglous
Clinical Observership Program in Adult Cardiac Surgery from Australia.
During the clinical fellowship training programme, clinicians can expect to gain valuable experience assisting with surgical procedures in the operating theatre, participating in clinical discussions, holding outpatient clinics and possible integration with Imperial College London research.
Applicants who have General Medical Council registration will have access to the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care clinical fellowship programme, and will need to adhere to the standards set out by the UK’s General Medical Council.
The clinical fellowship programme is open to international applicants and linked to the Medical Training Initiative Scheme of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
The teaching modules include a written component led by a course tutor. There is a minimum English language requirement, currently, an IELTS score of 7.5 as fellows will join the training programme for UK residents. Demand for the clinical fellowships are extremely competitive and places are allocated based on an interview and panel review.
A clinical observership in the department of sleep and ventilation
Placements within this department range from 1 to 4 weeks based on individual requirements and experience. Observers spend time with consultant clinicians, specialist trainees, and gain hands-on experience with the leading multi-professional team of physiotherapists and sleep physiologists.
All observers are allocated an educational supervisor for the duration of their placement, who is responsible for ensuring their individual learning objectives are met.
During the ventilation and sleep placement, the training observer will be exposed to a variety of areas, including:
- Learning how to interpret sleep studies, set-up CPAP therapy and the latest noninvasive ventilators based within the hospitals’ dedicated sleep laboratories
- Attend a ward round, with bedside teaching from our senior registrars and consultants
- Be present at a multidisciplinary meeting, reviewing inpatients receiving ventilation for respiratory failure
- Listen to complex sleep cases with the multi-professional team during weekly polysomnography meetings
- Attend the senior consultants teaching programme designed to update clinical teams on the latest evidence-based clinical care
- Listen to an invited speaker or one of the Trust’s leading researchers present their work during weekly respiratory grand rounds
- Attend outpatient clinics, comprising of the home ventilation service for patients receiving long term ventilation treatments, sleep clinic and the respiratory muscle service.
"I learnt how the experts at Royal Brompton Hospital treat a variety of interesting and rare conditions which I have only read about in textbooks. This has been an amazing experience. I have learnt so much from the professionals during teaching sessions, seminars, clinics and ward rounds. I am so glad to have had this opportunity. Thank you.”
- Dr Eiman AlMatar
Clinical Observership Program in Adult Cardiology from Kuwait
Areas of specialism
Fellowship and observership programme specialisms include but are not limited to the following areas:
- respiratory and critical care
- adult congenital heart disease
- cardiology and cardiac surgery
- thoracic surgery
- paediatric respiratory medicine.
To find out more, you can refer to our International Education and Training Opportunities booklet.
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care experts regularly travel internationally to lecture and share their knowledge. Many of them hold prominent positions on international boards, committees, institutions and professional associations.
Visiting doctor programme
Our consultants are committed to broadening the clinical knowledge of our international partners. They actively participate in the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals visiting doctor programme to share their expertise and develop local teams’ clinical skills.
Following an invitation from the local hospital, our consultant will undertake a short visit. During this time, they may be expected:
- to work alongside local consultants
- share clinical knowledge
- hold outpatient clinics
- operate on any appropriate cases
- participate in clinical discussions and/or undertake lectures.
Sharing best practice and collaboration
Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals have a strong interest in working together with other hospitals and healthcare providers to develop best practice in key clinical areas. Our clinicians aim to transfer knowledge in core clinical operational areas such as operating theatres, catheter labs and intensive care, to lead clinicians in-country, helping the teams achieve best practice and develop their own centres of excellence.
Through the process of gap-analysis and training evaluation, bespoke packages can be tailored by our expert teams to set up new advanced care services. Some potential areas for training include services such as advanced treatments for severe emphysema, transplantation, aortic valve replacement and repair, advanced heart failure management, ECMO and ITU. Each collaboration is a bespoke contract that is designed in partnership with our overseas partners.
Educational events for healthcare professionals
Our consultants regularly host educational seminars, events and lectures to share specialist knowledge on a wide range of cardiothoracic subjects.
These sessions provide attendees with a great opportunity to learn about medical advances in cardiovascular or respiratory treatments and developments in diagnostic techniques. They also help to build a wider understanding of new innovations and research developments for the treatment of heart and lung disease.
To see some of our recent educational talks and learn about new advances, simply click on the videos below:
Virtual Royal Brompton Hospital Grand Rounds: Professor Catherine Boileua - Genetics of Hypercholesterolemia, Before, Now and Beyond PCSK9
Dr Jonathan Hill - PCI Update: From the balloon to complex interventions
Dr Alexander Lyon - Cardio-oncology: A new medical subspecialy - past, present and future
Professor Pallav Shah - COPD: Basics to Advanced Care
Dr Alanna Hare - Assessment of sleep disorders in primary care
Dr Wajid Hussain - ECG interpretation for primary care
Dr David Gareth Jones - Atrial fibrillation
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