Indian Academy of Otorhinolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery

International Training Fellowships

Applications are invited from eligible candidates to apply for one of the International Training Fellowships (ITFs) offered by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and partnering Trusts in the UK.

This is an exciting opportunity for qualified, experienced surgeons to develop an evidence based approach to healthcare practice. Students will be sponsored by WWL for General Medical Council (GMC) registration and Tier 2 visa to work and study part time for a Master’s degree in Surgery - otolaryngology (MCh) awarded by Edge Hill University.

The entire academic programme is designed to support work-based learning. The initial academic elements involve flexible delivery and synoptic events/blended learning, progressing to focused academic elements tailored to the Fellow’s particular interest and research project.

The MCh is a part time taught Masters programme which is delivered over a 2 to 3 year period. You will study specialist aspects of evidence based practice in surgery – the application of advanced knowledge of physiology, pathology, microbiology and imaging to otorhinolaryngology.

You will also study research governance and ethics, qualitative and quantitative research methods, how to critique research findings, how to write a research proposal, how to conduct systematic reviews and the international context of evidence based medicine.

You will be expected to submit a 12000 word dissertation based on your chosen research project. During the course of your studies you will be supported by an academic and clinical supervisor.

To be eligible you must have:

  • a primary medical degree recognised by the General Medical Council of the UK, i.e. MB ChB, MB BS
  • obtained a postgraduate qualification in your chosen specialty equivalent to the level of the MRCS (UK), e.g. Master of Surgery (MS) or Diplomate of National Board of India (DNB), FCPS (Pakistan)
  • been engaged in clinical practice/training for 3 out of the last 5 years including the most recent 12 months
  • a valid IELTS certificate (minimum score of 7.0 in all 4 categories with an overall score of 7.5)

The following surgical programmes are currently available
MCh Otorhinolaryngology
MCh Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery

Rotational posts are available from August 2018 for the period of the postgraduate course which will usually be two years. A third year may be offered subject to availability of posts. Students’ yearly progression will depend on a satisfactory Performance Review and also the continued funding of these non-training posts from our Trust partners. Throughout the programme, NHS consultants and senior staff will mentor the Fellows.

Specific rotations will be allocated after interview, but subject to availability we will provisionally offer rotations between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and one of the following:

Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Tameside General Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital, Blackburn Hospital, University Hospital South Manchester and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Fees of £35,000 for the 2-3 year programme are applicable and will be met by the student. An initial deposit of £17,500 must be paid prior to arrival in the UK. The remaining fees can be paid on an instalment basis between September 2018 and June 2020.

For further information or to apply for one of these posts please submit your CV to the MCh Course Administrator at Wrightington Hospital.

All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed before an offer can be made. We are visiting India to conduct interviews on 13th / 14th November 2017 in Bengaluru and 17th November 2017 in Mumbai (exact venue will be notified in due course).

Further information about the Programmes can also be found on the Edge Hill website.

October 2017