Education and training

Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care provide a range of education and training programmes designed to share our world-renowned expertise with overseas clinicians and hospitals.

Our hospitals have an established international reputation for research, innovation and treatment in heart and lung disease. As such, our experts are committed to providing education and training to enhance international standards of medical care to benefit patients and staff alike.

Furthermore, our hospitals have research partnerships with respected institutions such as Imperial College London and the National Heart and Lung Institute. The hospitals also form the largest post-graduate specialist heart and lung centre in the United Kingdom.

With first-class private facilities across two London based NHS teaching hospitals and a state-of-the-art diagnostics centre, Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care combines dedicated private care with the very best expertise and most advanced facilities available.


International clinical fellowship and observership programmes

Would you like to join our bespoke clinical education programmes to further develop your skills in cardiac and respiratory specialities? We welcome applications from international physicians based outside of the U.K.

Our programmes are designed so that training clinicians integrate into the team so they can maximise their learning outcomes and meet their development needs. The bespoke international programmes are typically tailored to the physician’s level of expertise, their development goals and current available opportunities within the hospitals.

Successful applicants can expect access to one-to-one mentoring from a Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care consultant, participation in clinical rounds and lectures and a dedicated programme coordinator.

Clinical observerships

The clinical observership programme provides a number of bespoke opportunities.  Some of the activities which can be undertaken when supervised include:

Taking clinical history

Contributing to the examination of a patient and diagnosis discussions

Scrub up in theatre for educational purposes and not for service

Participating in non-invasive, low risk imaging


The clinical observership programme will be offered to applicants without General Medical Council registration. Successful applicants will require full supervision during the training programme.


Clinical fellowships

During the clinical fellowship training programme, clinicians can expect to gain valuable experience assisting with surgical procedures in the operating theatre, participating in clinical discussions, holding outpatient clinics and possible integration with Imperial College London research.

Applicants who have General Medical Council registration will have access to the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care clinical fellowship programme, and will need to adhere to the standards set out by the UK’s General Medical Council.

The clinical fellowship programme is open to international applicants and is linked to the Medical Training Initiative scheme of the Royal College of Physicians of London requirements.


Areas of specialism

Fellowship and observership programme specialisms include but are not limited to the following areas:

Respiratory and critical care

Adult congenital heart disease

Cardiology, cardiac surgery

Thoracic surgery

Paediatric respiratory medicine


To find out more information you can refer to our International Clinical Fellowships and Observerships booklet.

Other opportunities

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care experts regularly travel internationally to lecture and share their knowledge. Many of them hold prominent positions on international boards, committees, institutions and professional associations.


Visiting doctor programme

Our consultants are committed to sharing their clinical knowledge and skills. They actively participate in the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care visiting doctor programme to share their expertise.

Following an invitation from an international hospital, our consultant will undertake a short visit. During this time, they may be expected to:

Work alongside local consultants and share clinical knowledge

Hold outpatient clinics and operate on any appropriate cases

Participate in clinical discussions and/or undertake lectures


Sharing best practice and collaboration

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care has a strong interest in helping other hospitals and healthcare providers develop best practice in key clinical areas.

By building long-term relationships with international hospitals, the teams can look to transfer expert knowledge in core clinical operational areas (such as operating theatres, catheter labs and intensive care, to lead clinicians in-county). This helps the international hospital teams achieve best practice and develop their own centres of excellence.


Educational events for healthcare professionals

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care consultants regularly host educational events and lectures to share specialist knowledge on a wide range of cardiothoracic subjects.

These sessions provide attendees with a great opportunity to learn about medical advances in cardiovascular or respiratory treatments and developments in diagnostic techniques. They also help to build a wider understanding of new innovations and research developments for the treatment of heart and lung disease.

To see some of our recent educational talks and learn about new advances, simply click on the videos below:






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Interested in any of the programmes or have questions?

If you would like to discuss any of the specific opportunities or want to find out information about other training programmes we offer, please call +44 (0)20 7351 8116 or email