Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors (MSW)

Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors – a partnership scheme between Health Education England (London), Barts Health NHS Trust and the Refugee Council

***Entry to the MSW Scheme is currently closed. It is anticipated the scheme will be open for applications in late 2021***

The Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors (MSW)  is a new partnership initiative seeking to support experienced doctors with refugee status who have been ‘out of practice’ for a number of years and are wishing to pursue a future medical career within the NHS.

A first cohort of seven refugee doctors appointed on the MSW Scheme are due to commence in June 2021.  

The scheme is run at Newham University Hospital, part of the prestigious Barts Health NHS Trust, which has considerable experience over the past ten years in successfully supporting refugee doctors return to medical practice through the CAPS (Clinical Apprenticeship Placement Scheme) and BBCA (Building Bridges Clinical Attachment) programme. 

The Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors aims to provide a structured programme of clinical and educational support, careers advice and guidance, exam support and language classes to enable a safe return, and transition into NHS medical practice.

The scheme will employ a cohort of refugee doctors at Barts Health NHS Trust for a period of six-months as a Medical Support Worker paid at an AfC Band 6 level. As part of the programme, participants will undertake clinical placements at Newham University Hospital, which has a strong track record of creating supportive learning environments for refugee doctors

The scheme offers refugee doctors who successfully complete the 6-month programme a guaranteed place on the Clinical Apprenticeship Placement Scheme (CAPS).

For further information about the MSW Scheme see the Recruitment Information Pack

For queries, please contact:

Who we are: 

Dr Mohammad Alam, Clinical Lead for Neonates and Training Programme Director for Return to Practice, Newham University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Emma Young, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Director of Medical Education, Newham University Hospital and Training Programme Director NCEL Emergency Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust

David Lowe, (Interim) Associate Director, People, Education Academy, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Rupal Shah: Associate Dean/ Education Lead Professional Development Team, HEE London

Lynne Rustecki: Education Lead - Specialist Clinical Communication and Linguistic Services, Professional Development Team, HEE London

Sharon Gomba, Project Manager, Professional Development Team, HEE London

Agnieszka Grzesiak, Business Support Officer, Professional Development Team, HEE London

Fahira Mulamehic, Employment Programmes Manager, Refugee Council