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Indian doctors welcomed to Edge Hill University in new international collaboration

Publish date: September 21, 2022

Doctors from India will study at Edge Hill University as part of a new international collaboration to develop the global workforce.

Doctors who wish to expand their clinical expertise and experience will spend a year working in hospitals in India and the next two years in NHS hospitals while studying a specialist Masters at Edge Hill. 

The Apollo International Clinical Fellowship Programme (ICFP) – launched by Apollo Education UK in collaboration with Edge Hill University (EHU), Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Teaching Hospital (WWL) and Global Training and Education Centre (GTEC) – will enable doctors to ‘earn as they learn’. 

Clare Austin, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine at Edge Hill University, said:

“This is an important opportunity for our Master of Surgery and Master of Medicine programmes to support the recruitment and training of international doctors as part of our long-standing ‘earn, learn, excel and return’ scheme.” 

The three-year programme, launched as part of Apollo’s Global Workforce Development initiative, offers speciality pathways to doctors who have completed their medical degree in India. 

They will gain three years clinical experience, with mentorship from senior doctors at Apollo Hospitals in India before completing their learning within the NHS, while studying for a Master of Surgery or Master of Medicine degree at Edge Hill. 

Following their time in the UK they will be encouraged to return home to boost the Indian healthcare system.

Silas Nicholls, WWL Chief Executive, said:

“This is just one of many shining examples of how we work closely alongside Edge Hill and other education partners for the benefit of our community and the people of Wigan Borough.

This is an exciting opportunity in the development of international doctors and we look forward to working with Edge Hill as the new doctors undertake their education journey.”

Professor Raj Murali, Clinical Director of GTEC said:

“I am looking forward, greatly, to welcoming the newest cohort of doctors to the ICFP programme, particularly so across our specialities at WWL.

“The NHS is a wonderful institution in which to gain invaluable work experience from world-class mentors and the doctors on the course will certainly benefit from their time with us.”  

The Apollo ICFP is the latest initiative under the Apollo Knowledge umbrella, the Apollo Group’s skilling, training, and education and resourcing arm.

Mr Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran, CEO of Apollo Knowledge, added:

“This is part of our Global Workforce Development initiative to enable and provide education, training and recruitment job opportunities across geographies for healthcare professionals so that they get trained and upskilled and add value to themselves and their own healthcare systems.”

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