Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is a specialist children's hospital providing state-of-the-art management and research in paediatric conditions.
With an emphasis on serious and rare disorders, the hospital is not an appropriate choice if you wish to learn about general paediatrics or neonatology. Similarly, as we do not have an A + E department, you will not have the opportunity to learn about paediatric accident and emergency.
However, GOSH is an excellent choice if you are seeking further experience of specialties dealing with tertiary conditions. Please bear in mind that although some departments do follow patients into adulthood, the majority only deal with children aged up to 18.
We would also encourage you to make the most of the educational opportunities available at both GOSH and our adjacent university partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH).
Medical Observers and In Service Honorary Doctors
For more information about any of these programmes, please contact:
- Anne Mills, Anne.Mills@gosh.nhs.uk, 0207 405 9200 (ext 5463)
Foundation (F1 and F2) tasters
Trainees in their first (F1) or second (F2) foundation year can apply to do a taster week (one to five days) at GOSH in a paediatric subspecialty of their choice. You must discuss and agree your application with your foundation training hospital.
For more information about this programme, please contact:
- Rohini Makwana, Rohini.Makwana@gosh.nhs.uk, 0207 405 9200 (ext 8619)
The Bill Marshall Memorial Fund was created in memory of Dr William Courtney Marshall (1929-1983).
Dr Marshall trained at Sydney University and held junior appointments in Sydney hospitals before coming to London in 1958. He was briefly attached to Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital before his appointment to GOSH, where he remained for the rest of his working life.
As a consultant and senior lecturer, he built up an international reputation as a unique clinician and teacher, especially in Southeast Asia. His special interest was infectious diseases in children, including the causes of infection and prevention by immunisation.
Other interests included renal and respiratory disorders, malignant disease (such as leukaemia) and immunodeficiency states.
Every year since Dr Marshall's death, the trustees of the memorial fund have awarded three-month training schemes to one or two visiting fellows.
The schemes are intended for junior doctors in training who wish to visit GOSH and for whom a period of research would be an appropriate next step in their career.
Priority is given to applicants from Southeast Asia who have not previously had the opportunity to study at postgraduate level in the UK. However, high quality candidates from other countries may also be considered.
The award and accommodation
The awards are each in the region of £5,000. This provides enough funding for subsistence, single-person accommodation, return air travel to the UK, travel within the UK for meetings and registration fees for these meetings.
Accommodation is usually in a hall of residence, although no particular accommodation can be guaranteed. If you wish to bring your family, you would be responsible for finding and funding their accommodation - please bear in mind that this can be very expensive in central London.
A salary is not provided and it is expected that your own employing authority would continue to pay this. Any accompanying family members would need to be self-financed.
Role of the fellow
As a fellow you will be able attend all the clinical and academic functions of the unit to which you are attached. You will be an observer only - clinical responsibilities cannot be given.
You may also be able to attend a limited number of short specialist courses at the ICH during your stay. This is subject to the approval of the director of the visiting Fellows programme.
Dates of fellowship
Fellowships normally run between 1 April and 30 June each year. There can be some flexibility but there may be difficulties in providing accommodation if you request alternative dates.
How to apply
You must be nominated by a senior colleague (for example, a head of department/unit) who knows you well at your current place of employment.
Your application should include:
- A completed nomination form with electronic signatures. This should include a statement outlining your experience and career intentions.
- A short curriculum vitae (CV) that includes full details of any experience in your chosen speciality and a complete listing of any publications.
- Two professional references. One of these must be from your head of department/unit. Your references should be submitted separately by your referees to email@example.com.
It is important that you provide all of this information. Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered.
You should send your application as a single document (either in Word or PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both your application and your references should arrive no later than 15 October for fellowships beginning the following April. If your application is successful, you will be contacted by the end of the year.