Opportunities for Anaesthetists in Training

The College encourages Anaesthetists in Training to undertake placements within programmes where there is evidence of high quality teaching, training and/or raising standards.

The College is keen to support anaesthetists and Anaesthetists in Training undertaking out-of-programme posts in low and middle-income countries. The CCT programme has an ‘Anaesthesia in developing countries’ unit of training that can be completed whilst undertaking a placement overseas as an OOPT if it can be demonstrated that the learning outcomes will meet the curriculum requirements.  Those wishing to undertake an OOPT will need to apply to the Training Committee in the usual way.

We have a robust process in place to ensure that we only support posts of high quality and we allocate an experienced Remote Educational Supervisor (RES) in the UK to advise each individual doctor throughout their fellowship.

Working in Zambia has been a wonderful cross cultural learning opportunity. It offers ample exposure to develop teaching skills and anaesthetise challenging clinical cases

Dr Lowri Bowen
ST7, 2014


The Following placements are open for applications from anaesthetists in training

Anaesthesia Fellowship, Bugando Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated ST5+ anaesthetic trainee to a fellowship post Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), Mwanza Tanzania. This is one of four tertiary level hospitals in the country serving the 15 million people of the Lake zone. The fellowship focuses on teaching and training of nurse anaesthetist enrolled onto a nationally approved programme in anaesthesia. There are additionally many qualities improvement and research projects within the department, which the fellow will be expected to take part in.

The Medical Mission Institute (MMI) in Germany works with worldwide academic centres to support a variety of health related educational and development programmes.  The partnership with BMC spans over 15 years and focuses on research, support of educational programmes and assistance in capacity building. 

This is a 3- 6month post with a flexible start date that must be taken up by August 2022. The post is jointed supported by MMI and BMC. The post will include a £700 monthly stipend, one return flight from the UK, accommodation with bills included and all fees related to medical registration. 

This fellowship is approved by the RCOA training committee and up to 6 months can count towards training as an OOPT. For more details on the post please download the information documents.

Closing date for receipt of application is 21st January 2022. Interviews will be held week commencing 1st February , in person or via a conference call.

Application is with CV and cover letter to be emailed to Dr Riaz Aziz azizriaz@googlemail.com 


Paediatric Anaesthesia Trainer, Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi 

November 2021-March 2022 (min 2 months commitment)

This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen the safety and quality of paediatric anaesthesia in Malawi by training and mentoring existing Anaesthetic Clinical Officers (ACOs) to subspecialise in paediatric anaesthesia. Duties would include:

  • Supervision of ACOs in provision of anaesthesia for neonatal and paediatric surgery.
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Identify opportunities for curriculum development in ACO training program

The post is open to anaesthetists in latter part of training and at consultant level and would be appropriate for a career break at any career stage. The successful candidate will have at least 1 year of experience in paediatric anaesthesia at postgraduate level, hold FRCA (or equivalent) and be able to independently anaesthetise neonates. Positions are available for 3 months or longer, with the start date being flexible. The appointee will be supported throughout by a consultant anaesthetist familiar with the host department having worked there for a year.

The project is run by Kids Of Malawi UK, supported by a grant from the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) as part of their Africa Mother and Child Grants Program funded by Johnson and Johnson. Costs and living expenses will be covered and we will help find suitable accommodation.

Kamuzu Central Hospital is the government referral hospital for the central region and is situated in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. It’s paediatric anaesthetic case load is c1000 cases per year covering all specialties except cardiothoracic. General surgery, orthopaedics, plastics / burns, ENT and neurosurgery (mostly CSF diversion procedures) all feature commonly.

Malawi is a friendly and beautiful nation of c18m people more than half of whom are children.

To discuss the position and for further details, please contact: Dr Andrew Blevin (Andrew.blevin@nhs.net).


If you have any queries or require further information please contact us via global@rcoa.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)207 092 1559