Visiting Fellowships

Enabling leading paediatricians and paediatric nurses from low and middle income countries the opportunity to visit clinical centres in the UK to develop their knowledge and exchange good practice.

Applications for the 2018 scheme are now closed.

Doctor on ward

"The foundations for a strong and effective health workforce for the future are being corroded...by failing to match today’s supply of professionals with the demands of tomorrow’s populations. To prevent this happening, we must rethink and improve how we teach, train and deploy health workers so that their impact can widen."

 - Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation

How fellowships strengthen the global child health workforce 

Since 1994, with the generous support of RCPCH members, the programme has provided specialist placements for over 200 paediatricians from over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. To align with the College's mission and values, applicants are assessed on their contribution to child health in their respective countries and globally.

By matching overseas paediatricians and health workers to leading specialist units in the UK, the visiting fellowship programme aims to improve their capacity for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment across a full range of maternal child health conditions. It also advances the transfer of clinical knowledge and emergency response.

All of which, ultimately, improves healthcare and saves the lives of mothers and children in their country of origin. 

Three visiting fellowships

  • Ashok Nathwani Visiting Fellowship - established in 2001 in memory of Dr Ashok Nathwani, Fellow of the College, who was killed in the Indian earthquake in January 2001

  • Donald Court Fellowship - RCPCH and BACCH (British Association for Community Child Health) award one fellowship in community paediatrics every year. Established in 1996 in memory of Professor Donald Court, former President of the British Paediatric Association

  • David Baum Visiting Fellowship - Supports one fellowship a year. Established in 2015 and supports one fellowship to be awarded every year in memory of Professor David Baum, former president of the RCPCH, who died in a cycling accident whilst raising money for the wellbeing of children in the war-torn Balkans

The majority of placements are in five clinical areas

Chart of key priority areas: neonatology; intensive care / acute paediatrics; infectious disease; community paediatrics; gastroenterology and nutrition

Applications are now closed.

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For information, contact RCPCH Global