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Information for UK Trusts

Submitting ISTP posts to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS)

Trusts and health boards can submit ISTP posts to the RCS using the ISTP post submission form. These specialty registrar posts can be funded from:

  • savings on locum costs
  • money released by converting trust (hospital) posts to ISTP posts
  • difficult to fill, or surplus training posts.

These posts can be service posts but must include a training component.

The RCS will interview all IMGs. Our rigorous and validated vetting system will ensure that all successful applicants are of a high standard and have the necessary communication skills, experience and clinical knowledge appropriate for a UK ISTP post.

Successful IMGs will then be 'matched' to ISTP posts and their CV forwarded to the employing UK trust/health board.

The trust/health board will have the opportunity to conduct their own interview with the applicant(s) to further assess the skills and ascertain the training needs of the IMG.

This programme serves as a mutual benefit in which overseas doctors will gain the knowledge, skills and techniques offered by the NHS and equally the UK will benefit from the increased workforce capacity, skills and knowledge the doctor can bring into the training.

Please email to request a copy of the Handbook for UK Trusts and a Post Submission Form.  

Get in touch

The International Office is the main point of contact for all queries from international surgeons and stakeholders who wish to find out more about opportunities and ventures overseas.

For contacts in education, exams or careers or dentistry, please see those sections of the website.



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