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RCSEd International Surgical Fellowship Programme

The RCSEd International Surgical Fellowship Programme (RISFP) has been developed to support eligible international medical graduates who wish to gain valuable experience training in a surgical specialty in the UK for up to two years. Each eligible trainee accepted into the scheme will be matched with a suitable placement in a UK hospital, and provided with a full package of support including an induction programme, continuous in-post quality assurance with regular review of progress, and pastoral support.

Find out more about the RISFP for trainees


For UK Trusts and Health Boards, the scheme offers an opportunity to address staffing shortages, particularly in specialty training posts which are difficult to fill or exist as surplus training posts. It thereby provides a longer-term alternative to costly locum appointments.

The College applies a robust system of assessment to all international medical graduates applying for the available posts, and offers ongoing quality assurance and support to the trainees and trainers. Trusts and Health Boards are invited to submit details of suitable posts to which the College will match suitable trainees.

Find out more about the RISFP for Trusts and Health Boards


The College works with its international partner organisations to identify eligible trainees to fill UK placements. We provide a tailored approach for each partner organisation, working with them to ensure their eligible trainees are placed into the most suitable positions in the UK.

Find out more about the RISFP for Partner Organisations

Upcoming System Maintenance & Network Disruption

Due to essential systems maintenance and upgrades there will be intermittent interruptions to some on-line services on Saturday 27th of February. There will be further interruption to some core services on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd of March.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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