Royal Brompton & 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's National Heart and Lung Institute. The hospitals also form the largest postgraduate specialist heart and lung centre in the UK.

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 UK.

Our programmes are designed so that training clinicians integrate into the team, enabling them to 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 opportunities available 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 programme is 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 and cardiac surgery
  • thoracic surgery
  • paediatric respiratory medicine.

To find out more, 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, and can do this through our visiting doctor programme.

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 transfer expert knowledge in core clinical operational areas (such as operating theatres, catheter labs and intensive care), to lead clinicians in-country. This helps teams at the international hospital to achieve best practice and develop their own centre of excellence.

Educational events for healthcare professionals

Our consultants regularly host educational seminars, 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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