Global Links Programme

Looking to broaden your experience as a paediatrician? Interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise with African and Asian partners? There are volunteer placements available in Myanmar, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

 Complete the application form (MAttach this fileS Word)Return to Megan Ellingham -


What is the RCPCH Global Links volunteer programme all about?

Trainee and consultant paediatricians work on six to 12 month clinical and capacity building placements in hospitals across our partner countries, Rwanda, Myanmar and Sierra Leone.

We are currently looking for post-membership paediatric trainees, consultants and paediatric nurses with an interest in teaching, training and mentoring local healthcare staff to work in Myanmar, Rwanda and Sierra Leone in 2017-2018. Could this be you?

Areas of work you might be involved with are:
  • supporting clinical servicesChild with nurse in hospital
  • training local healthcare staff
  • developing new protocols in partnership with local staff
  • transferring skills in paediatric and neonatal care
  • building the capacity of PICU, NICU, OPD and paediatric emergency services 
  • working on community health projects
  • conducting clinical audits and quality improvement projects


We also have a new requirement for Obstetric Doctors and Midwives - please apply using the form above and click here for further information. 



What do we offer and why join the programme?

Simulation trainingThe Global Links programme covers:
  • all pre-departure costs (comprehensive medical insurance, return flights, inoculations, anti-malarial, PEP kit etc.)
  • accommodation whilst overseas  
  • a monthly living allowance
  • comprehensive pre-departure training course (security training, Child Health in Low-resource Settings (CHiLS , leadership training, cultural awareness, ETAT+, Training to Teach)
  • NHS pension contributions 
  • [for trainees] support to obtain OOPE approval


Nurses and doctors in training

Global Links Handbook (PDF, 2.2 MB, 60 pages) - full details on the support we give to Global Links volunteers

Professional benefits which previous volunteers have reported are:

  • improved core clinical skills 
  • improved confidence and decision making
  • greater understanding of tropical paediatrics and infectious diseases
  • first-hand experience of global child health issues
  • opportunity to gain leadership and management experience
  • joining international paediatric networks
  • enriched awareness of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Case studies

"My GL placement has certainly taught me about dealing with very, very sick children. I am more skilled at using my clinical assessment of patients as a guide rather than relying on blood tests or other investigations. I am far more calm and content with aspects of my UK NHS work than I would have been before my placement."

 - Global Links returned volunteer

Read more testimonies from Global Links volunteers (PDF, 625KB)

Watch the short film below which depicts two Global Links volunteers’ involvement at one of our partnership hospitals in Sierra Leone, emphasising the collaborative approach the programme aspires to.


For further information please contact the RCPCH Global Team

RCPCH Global Links Programme is funded by:

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