Dr Alok Sharma would like to introduce the MTI team at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The team includes Dr Sharma, James Clayton (MTI programme coordinator) and James Clarke (Recruitment & Careers Manager). The team is currently promoting placements for the scheme for next year.
The Medical Training Initiative scheme allows overseas trainees to come to the UK for 2 years of training in Paediatrics, Level 3 neonates and or a Paediatric Subspecialty. The college sponsors the candidates allowing them to come through the route of PLAB exemption for GMC registration.
At present we are inviting expressions of interest for trusts in the UK looking to provide such posts. This may be for posts that are vacant or trust grade but they must have a training element which benefits the candidates applying for them when they go back to their home country.
For this approval of an appropriate job description prior to or after recruitment by the RCPCH is essential.
Prospective candidates can be recruited in 3 ways
1) Trusts can recruit eligible candidates directly. Eligibility is a recognised PG qualification (36 months in the home country which can be approved for PLAB exemption) and clearing the English exam IELTS or OET)
2) Trusts can recruit from a poole of eligible candidates provided by the RCPCH. These candidates have either been interviewed by the RCPCH or an approved partner overseas and meet the requisite criteria.
3) Trusts can recruit via NHS jobs and if the candidate has the appropriate qualifications and has cleared the English exam as long as their is an appropriate job description the RCPCH would be happy to support such applications.
Provided the right candidates with appropriate qualifications and the English exam are selected from the point you inform the RCPCH if all paperwork is done by timescales a candidate can now be put in post within 3 months.
The experienced MTI Candidates are meant to spend 6 months at ST1-3 based on your assessment at interview. The expectation is that they then step up to ST4-8 depending on local assessment of competencies for the final 18 months. Some candidates may need more time at the ST1-3 level and this period can be extended provided there is mutual agreement between the trust and the MTI candidate to 12 months maximum.
Please note that if appointing to a vacant deanery post, prior approval from the deanery is a essential through your Post Graduate dean.
For further information and if you are having difficulties with recruitment or vacancies that you think can provide good training in Paediatrics, Level 2-3 neonatology and or a paediatric specialty please don’t hesitate to contact the team.
Princess Anne Hospital Southampton
MTI programme RCPCH UK