Benefits of Global Learning Opportunities

Global engagement is in our national and personal interest. The NHS is increasingly engaging in global health work, with growing interest from NHS staff for overseas learning opportunities and an increasing demand for NHS expertise and services globally.

Benefits of a global learning opportunities:

  • Skills, competencies, and leadership development through global fellowships and volunteering
  • Frugal innovation in the NHS through staff working and learning in low-resource environments
  • Improved cultural competence through working in partnership with peers overseas
  • Co-developed and innovative routes into NHS employment and training for international staff on a permanent or temporary basis
  • Identify career paths for your professional life
  • Improved resilience, professional satisfaction and retention on your return to the NHS

The British Medical Association offers further information and advice on volunteering abroad as a doctor.


Efficacy and acceptability of an acute illlness management course delivered to staff and students in Uganda by staff from the UK – By Ged Byrne (Director of Global Engagement at HEE), Helen Slattery ( Project Manager, GDIP) and 8 others

Leveraging the experiences of NHS staff volunteering overseas to harness innovation – THET

Measuring the outcomes of volunteering for education: development and pilot of a tool to assess healthcare professionals’ personal and professional development from international volunteering – By Ged Byrne, Natasha Tyler, Lucy Byrne-Davis and Carlos Collares

The benefits of international volunteering in a low-resource setting: development of a core outcome set – By Ged Byrne, Natasha Tyler, John Chatwin, Jo Hart and Lucy Byrne-Davis

The benefits of working abroad for British General Practice trainee doctors: the London deanery out of programme experience in South Africa – by Candice Reardon, Gavin George, and Oluwatobi Enigbokan