Education and training

GKT School of Medical Education

GKT School of Medical Education is our medical school, run jointly with King's College London and King's College Hospital. It was formed in 1998 when our medical schools joined with King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry.

We're part of King's Health Partners, one of the UK's 8 academic health sciences centres. We're committed to developing a healthcare workforce of the highest quality.

Through our partnership with top academic institutions including King's College London and London South Bank University, we help train health professionals the NHS depends on.

We offer a range of courses for clinical and non-clinical staff. We provide in-house training and work with other organisations. 

In our future workforce, we have a strong focus on developing:

  • clinical expertise
  • excellent person-centred care
  • dedicated inter-professional skills

We're proud to drive excellence in patient care through innovation in education.

Our students can gain experience in our dedicated Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre and across all our hospitals, community services and specialisms.

Our students help to shape what we do through regular feedback, forums and councils.

We have a thriving learning culture across all areas and would like to welcome you to Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Undergraduate medical education

Our medical students receive some of the very best medical education in the country at the GKT School of Medical Education, located across 3 hospital campuses:

  • Guy's Hospital by London Bridge
  • St Thomas' Hospital near Waterloo
  • King's College Hospital in south London

Postgraduate medical education

Doctors undertaking postgraduate education benefit from experience working in some of the largest and best teaching hospitals in the country. They also have access to world class medical research, practice and teaching as part of King's Health Partners, one of the UK's 8 academic health sciences centres.

At any time, we can have over 500 doctors in training, including:

  • foundation doctors
  • core medical trainees
  • core surgical trainees
  • specialist trainees

Nursing and midwifery

We provide high quality clinical placements to over 1000 pre-registration students each year, specialising in nursing or midwifery.

We also support:

Students attend from:

Allied health professionals

We are proud to support 1100 allied health professionals (AHPs) across the Trust, who work across both acute and local services and provide a diverse range of clinical support to our patients and their loved ones. We support both adults and children throughout their journey, across our hospitals and into our local and community services.

We also support:

  • return to practice staff
  • internationally educated AHPs
  • AHP apprenticeships
  • AHP preceptorship
  • advanced practice

We work in partnership with a range of universities across London and the South to support students.


We're home to the largest dental teaching hospital in Europe. 1 in 5 of all UK-educated dentists train with us.

King's College London Dental Institute is made up of:

We provide undergraduate and postgraduate training for dental students and also train professions complimentary to dentistry, such as dental nurses and orthodontic therapists.

We also provide a wide range of general and specialist clinical services, and are world leaders in many areas of dental research.

Simulation and interactive learning

Simulation based training has been shown to increase patient safety, improve clinical outcomes, and is popular with both staff and students.

Our simulation and interactive learning (SaIL) centre provides exceptional, simulation-based education in a realistic and safe learning environment. We offer a wide range of educational opportunities, including multi-professional learning in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Healthcare staff and students take part in a wide range of clinical simulation programmes focussed on patient safety and human factors, as well as advanced clinical skills training.

School of Improvement

Our School of Improvement provides free support, training and education for our staff. We aim to improve people's skills by delivering excellent development opportunities.

We offer:

  • programmes
  • events
  • workshops

See a list of courses and book your space on the College of Healthcare website.

If you would like more information, please email [email protected].

Staff training

We know that training and development is important to all our staff. We invest heavily in educating and developing all our employees.

Our education, training and development department creates in-house courses and supports staff needing specialist training elsewhere.

Many of our courses take place at our education centre near Waterloo station.


We're proud to offer apprenticeship schemes across a wide range of areas.

Last updated: February 2024

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