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International Medical Fellowship in Psychiatry

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International Fellowships

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust International Medical Fellowship provides a full-time, two year structured training programme in psychiatry. Fellows extend their understanding and gain a broad range of experience working alongside highly experienced consultants, clinicians and multi-professional staff. Through a co-ordinated, multi-disciplinary approach, a Fellow gains a thorough understanding of the treatment of patients in psychiatry.

Fellows develop the skills to perform relevant procedures as part of a supervised personal development plan. The programme examines the key scientific tools as they apply to the treatment and management of patients.

Fellows are given the opportunity to enrol in a Master’s degree whilst others are certified by the Royal College.


Application Criteria

We are looking for medical practitioners who already have relevant knowledge, skills and experience in psychiatry to practice under full registration in the UK. The medical practitioners will already have over three years of clinical experience in Psychiatry. Our processes will ensure that rigorous assessment of each doctor's capability for practice in the UK is undertaken in order to demonstrate that they are working at least at the level of a UK medical graduate (see link below to curriculum). Given their background specialist experience and the requirement to work under the approved practice setting in a structured programme, sufficient safeguards will be put in place to ensure the standards set out in GMC’s Good Medical Practice are met. To apply click here


Core Curriculum

Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Psychiatry Curriculum

The programme is open to all international postgraduate medical trainees with at least 3 years’ experience.

Fellows must also satisfy the GMC’s language requirements for English. This requires an average score of at least 7.5, with a score of at least 7.0 in each area (speaking, listening, reading and writing) under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Alternatively, applicants may be registered with the GMC, be eligible for registration or be in a position to apply for registration.


Programme Structure (Induction)

An induction period is required before the start of the International Medical Fellowship programme. This will be facilitated by HPFT Medical Education Office together with the Fellow’s assigned Clinical/Educational Supervisors and will take approximately one month. The induction will include:

  • an introduction to Hertfordshire and the UK
  • introduction to the Fellowship programme
  • familiarisation with the National Health Service, HPFT and its partner organisations
  • formal teaching, mandatory training sessions and other specialty specific pre-requisites (e.g. Intermediate Life Saving, Safeguarding Adults and Children courses, etc)
  • 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.


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 Fellows 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 and procedures to gain the same level of experience as UK-based trainees.

In the second year 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 Lead for Medical Fellowship, Clinical/Educational Supervisors and a Clinical Tutor with specific responsibility for International Medical Fellows. These senior consultants have considerable experience in medical education.


To apply click here

For further information click here to view our prospectus

For information on support from HPFT Medical Education click here



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