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MTI provides answer to shortage of juniors

Is your department increasingly dependant on junior doctor locums? Are you dissatisfied with their quality, reliability and expense? Do you wish there was a more satisfactory long term solution? If the answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then the medical training initiative scheme could be the answer to your problems.

The scheme was introduced in 2009 to allow doctors to enter the UK from outside the EU to benefit from training in NHS posts for 2 years before returning to their home country. Different Royal Colleges administer the scheme in different ways (and not all colleges run a scheme) but for medical specialties the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) receives applications for MTI posts directly from trusts and deaneries. They need not be official deanery training posts, indeed most are trust-grade or LAS posts, and the posts can be at core medical training or specialist trainee level.

The training component is paramount and must be on a par with UK training posts including opportunities for local training and study leave. The posts are funded at standard UK rates.

The graduates accepted onto the MTI scheme are of high calibre. They must be 3 years qualified, have the IELTS English exam with a score of at least 7.0 across the board, and a postgraduate qualification (MRCP, MD, board exams etc). Candidates are interviewed in their home country by a panel of UK consultants, a UK lay member and consultants from the overseas partner institution most of whom have experience of UK medicine. The doctors’ competencies, CV and career intentions are assessed at interview which includes 2 stations testing standardised clinical and ethical scenarios.

IMGs approved for the scheme are sponsored through GMC recognition, without the need for PLAB, and are matched to NHS posts based on their specialty interests and skill levels. Once appointed to the scheme, trusts can undertake their own telephone interviews to establish contact and confirm the doctor is suitable for their post.

The RCP currently has a number of job ready candidates for posts at CMT and ST level in most medical specialties. Once appointed these doctors will be with you for 2 years. They will become an invaluable part of your team and keep alive UK and global medical links which have been in place since the inception of the NHS.

They will save your trust a considerable amount of money (agency ‘finding fees’ are 30% of annual salary and for short term locums the hourly rate charged by the agency is twice the NHS rate) and as they are in post for 2 years they will bring a degree of stability to your department which in turn will support UK graduates during their rotations.

If you are interested further details are available on college websites. For medical specialties do not hesitate to contact the International Office at the Royal College of Physicians ([email protected], telephone 0207 935 1174 ext 1304).

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One Response to “MTI provides answer to shortage of juniors”

  1. joshek says:

    in brief, what peter tewsby says is this: “if you have a service provision job without official, deanery recognised training status, that you can not fill – here is a way to stick the label “trainining” on that job and have access to cheap, foreign labour”

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