UK training fellowships in medicine

Royal College of Physicians (RCP), in partnership with Peerless Hospital, is now accepting applications of interest to join the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Scheme.

The MTI scheme offers the opportunity of 2 years clinical training and experience in UK National Health Service (NHS) hospital trusts for a small number of suitably qualified international medical graduates.

If appointed to a position after joining the scheme, doctors will be directly contracted to an NHS Trust and be remunerated at standard UK rates. Positions are currently available in a number of hospitals across the UK at both core medical and specialty training grades.

For those appointed, the RCP is able to assist with facilitating professional registration with the General Medical Council and a Tier 5 visa for the UK under the Government Authorised Exchange Category. This visa category is restricted to a maximum of 2 years, with no return to work in the UK under the same category for a further period of 5 years.

The criteria for applications to the scheme includes:
  • having been engaged in clinical practice/training for 3 or more years since obtaining your primary medical qualification
  • having achieved a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 in all categories within the last 2 years. Please see for information on your nearest test centre.
  • having obtained a postgraduate qualification equivalent to the level of the MRCP(UK) within the last 5 years or have passed MRCP part 1 within the last 2 years.

To apply for the scheme, please contact Mr. Subir Saha, Manager -Academic, on Telephone (033)2462-2394 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Mobile 9831679101 or email to and /or at Peerless Hospital & B. K. Roy Research Centre, 360, Panchasayar, Kolkata – 700 094, West Bengal, India. These posts offer exceptional opportunities for enthusiastic graduates to widen their medical experience by working in the UK for a period up to two years.

Important information: The MTI scheme has been set up to facilitate UK clinical training opportunities for a small number of international medical graduates. This scheme is in no way a route to settlement in the UK as you will be required to leave the UK at the end of your training under the requirements of the Tier 5 visa category. Acceptance to the MTI scheme does not guarantee placement at a UK hospital, and those accepted may have to undergo a second interview with the hospital and will have a probationary period built into their contract.