LSTM partners with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in its Diploma in UK Medical Practice

News article 21 Feb 2017
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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is delighted to announce that it has partnered with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in its Diploma in UK Medical Practice (DipUKMP).

The course, developed originally in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), is open to International Medical Graduates (IMGs) working in NHS Trusts across the UK, and will now form part of the RCPCH’s Medical Training Initiative (MTI).

“It is fantastic that the RCPCH has come on board with this programme, which was launched formally last year. Working with a second Royal College gives us an added opportunity to fulfil our commitment to improve health across the globe, by being involved in training the next generation of medics from across the world,” said Michael Lurie, LSTM’s Director of International Education. “The graduates taking part in the programme have a great opportunity to maximise their development during clinical training while also receiving a formal postgraduate level qualification at its completion.”

The programme aims to maximise the opportunities presented by clinical training in the NHS to develop clinical competence and understanding of UK Hospital care.

Julia O’Sullivan, Director of Education and Training at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: “We are delighted for our MTI doctors that they have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification from LSTM while they are working in paediatric training posts in the UK. This will benefit the individual doctors, their home countries and the UK NHS to further improve child health.”

The diploma will be awarded by LSTM and is complementary to and based on the structure of the training provided through the MTI, during which the IMGs get the opportunity to rotate through their chosen specialities in a series of work placements. A portfolio of evidence is built throughout these placements, highlighting their achievements in clinical practice, to which they add a reflective piece of written work based on their experiences.

LSTM’s Director, Professor Janet Hemingway FRS, said: “I am delighted that RCPCH has come on board with this programme of study so that we are able to offer the chance to formalise the skills of another group of graduates. LSTM’s strength has always been in the partnerships that it has built throughout its history and across the world, providing opportunities to improve the health of people in disease endemic countries.”

The first trainees from the RCPCH’s MTI can register for the diploma from March this year.

Read more about the DipUKMP here