Requests to spend time at the plastic surgery department

 

Applying for an honorary contract

We receive hundreds of requests every year from students and professionals who wish to spend time at our plastic surgery department, either as observers or for work experience.

Anyone who wishes to spend time in the department, irrespective of duration or stay or level of experience, must apply for an honorary contract.

Below you will find information about the kinds of contract that we offer, and how to apply for each one.

Please note that due to the high volume of requests that we receive, it will not be possible to accommodate all candidates’ requests.

  • Clinical attachments

    Who is it for?

    Medical staff who are qualified to practise in their home country, and who are also hold a GMC licence to practise.

    How long is it for?

    One month.

    What is a clinical attachment?

    Successful applicants will be allowed unsupervised patient contact in addition to observing the department’s activities.

    Application process

    • applicants should fill in the application form (Word 25Kb) and email it with their CV to: honoraries.plastics@gstt.nhs.uk
    • the application will be reviewed by the management team and clinical lead, who will decide whether to make a provisional offer based on the applicant’s experience, objectives for the visit and availability
    • applicants will receive an email informing them whether their application has been provisionally accepted or rejected. Successful applicants will be offered a provisional date.
    • applicants must then submit the following documents:
      • passport
      • visa (if relevant)
      • GMC license to practise
      • two professional references (Word 151kb) to be sent directly by referee
      • CRB check - this is a criminal records check. If you are coming from outside the UK you will need to provide the local equivalent, plus an official translation if applicable 
      • occupational health form (Word 123Kb) - please email this to: ohadministrator@gstt.nhs.uk. Occupational health clearance is required for all clinical attachments. It is not carried out by this department. Please note that it can take several weeks to gain clearance. 

        The service provided by the occupational health department is confidential. If you have any concerns about your application, please contact them directly using the contact details provided on the form

    • once all documents are received, we will submit them to the human resources department, who will process the honorary contract once they have confirmation of your occupational health clearance
    • applicants will receive a final confirmation that the contract has been processed. A final written offer will be made and dates for the visit confirmed.
  • Clinical observerships

    Who is it for?

    Medical staff who are qualified to practise in their home country.

    How long is it for? 

    One month.

    What is a clinical observership?

    Successful applicants will be allowed to observe activities in the department and have supervised contact with patients.

    Application process

    • the application will be reviewed by the management team and clinical lead, who will decide whether to make a provisional offer based on the applicant’s experience, objectives for the visit and availability
    • applicants will receive an email informing them whether their application has been provisionally accepted or rejected. Successful applicants will be offered a provisional date.
    • Applicants must then submit the following documents:
      • passport
      • visa (if relevant)
      • occupational health form (Word 123Kb) - please email this to: ohadministrator@gstt.nhs.uk. Occupational health clearance is required for all clinical attachments. It is not carried out by this department. Please note that it can take several weeks to gain clearance. 

        The service provided by the occupational health department is confidential. If you have any concerns about your application, please contact them directly using the contact details provided on the form

    • once all documents are received, we will submit them to the human resources department, who will process the honorary contract once they have confirmation of your occupational health clearance
    • applicants will receive a final confirmation that the contract has been processed. A final written offer will be made and dates for the visit confirmed.
  • Final year electives

    Who is it for?

    Final year medical students who are required as part of their course to spend a period of time gaining clinical experience.

    Application process

    Students from all universities except King's College London (KCL) should contact the King’s Electives Office. Further information can be found on the KCL website.

    KCL students are expected to carry out their electives outside the King's Health Partners network. In exceptional circumstances we may be able to accept KCL students. They should contact the consultant they wish to have as a supervisor to check their availability, and then email honoraries.plastics@gstt.nhs.uk and copy electives@kcl.ac.uk to arrange for an honorary contract to be set up.

  • Work experience

    Who is it for?

    A-Level students and medical students who are not in their final year.

    How long is it for?

    • A level students – one day
    • Medical students – one week

    Application process

    • applicants should fill in the application form (Word 25Kb) and email it with their CV to: honoraries.plastics@gstt.nhs.uk
    • the application will be reviewed by the management team and clinical lead, who will decide whether to make a provisional offer based on the applicant’s experience, objectives for the visit and availability
    • applicants will receive an email informing them whether their application has been provisionally accepted or rejected. Successful applicants will be offered a provisional date
    • applicants must then email joel.ryden@gstt.nhs.uk who will arrane for an honorary contract to be set up.

Frequently asked questions

I want to spend time with a particular consultant. How can I arrange this?

If you have been in touch with a particular consultant and they have agreed to take you on, please specify this on your form. Otherwise you will be assigned to whoever is available.

I need a visa to enter the UK. Can the hospital help with that?

Any visa applications must be made independently. The hospital is unable to sponsor visas for visitors, although you will receive written confirmation that your application for an honorary placement has been accepted, subject to certain checks, eg occupational health or CRB.

Will the hospital provide accommodation or help me find one?

Unfortunately the Trust does not have the resources to be able to provide accommodation for visitors, nor are we able to help with searching. However, you may wish to visit the Doctor in the House website. 

I haven’t heard from the occupational health department. Can you chase it up for me?

Occupational health is a completely separate department and the service it provides is confidential. This means they cannot disclose any information about clearance applications to anyone other than the applicant himself or herself. If you wish to discuss your application, please contact them directly.

 
 

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