By staff writers

August 1, 2018 -- The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has teamed up with Health Education England (HEE) to help launch a global fellowship program aimed at increasing the number of overseas radiologists in the U.K.

Under the program, overseas, fully qualified post-fellowship RCR (FRCR) candidates will be appointed to unfilled consultant radiologist posts in the National Health Service (NHS) as "global fellows" at the top of the range of staff grade/specialty and associate specialist (SAS) grade salaries, according to the RCR. The "earn, learn, and return" scheme calls for these global fellows to work six full unsupervised direct clinical care programmed activities (PAs) doing the type of the work they are already comfortable performing independently, such as plain radiographic reporting, general ultrasound, and general body and head CT, the RCR said.

"In their remaining four PAs ('self-training PAs'), they will be enhancing their specialization in self-chosen areas of radiology," according to the RCR. "It is radiological specialization that such overseas radiologists are unable to achieve in their home countries, and this will enable them to obtain a better job when/if they decide to return to their home countries after three years in the U.K. We appreciate that overworked consultant radiologists in currently understaffed departments will only have limited time for training these global fellows."

More information on the global fellowship program can be found on the RCR's website.

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