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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 a casualty 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 honorary applications

The ethos of our Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) department is to meet the continuing educational needs of tomorrow's doctors and related inter-professional staff. In addition, we aim to provide education, training and support to medical staff at GOSH.

The team also manage all medical honorary applications including:


For more information about any of these programmes, please contact our Honorary Contract Co-ordinators:

Fees and charges

Please be aware that all official visitors to GOSH need to be registered and approved before they can gain access to the hospital. You will need to undergo the same Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and occupational health checks as our paid employees.

It can take many weeks to obtain CRB clearance - this time is beyond our control. You will not be allowed on the wards until these checks are completed.

With the exception of F1 and F2 tasters, all visitors will be charged a fee to process these checks. Download the document for our charging scheme (Word doc, 1.2MB).

If you are applying from outside the EU, you will need to obtain a visa before you arrive. We cannot organise this for you - please check the Home Office website or speak to the British Consulate in your home country.

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.

When and how to apply

You should apply directly in July or August to be sure of a placement in the autumn. All taster weeks should take place before the end of December.

Please complete the F1 and F2 taster student application form (Word, 1.2MB) and return it to the PGME department.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Levy, PGME Manager, 0207 4059 200 (ext 5420).

Alternatively, please contact the specialty consultant concerned for initial approval.

Our F1 and F2 programmes do not incur an administration charge.

Visiting doctors

The PGME department will be able to assist you with your application to GOSH if you are:

  • part of an overseas medical elective programme
  • a medical observer
  • an in-service trainee
  • a senior research fellow
  • a visiting consultant or professor
  • a consultant attached to the ICH or other NHS trusts

When and how to apply

You should apply directly to the PGME department at least eight weeks before your intended start date.

Visiting fellows

Our Visiting fellows programme is a four- to six-month educational programme for experienced practitioners from outside the UK and Europe who are seeking experience in a tertiary care centre and/or specialised courses and conferences.

You should have at least two years of general paediatric training and preferably one or two years experience in your chosen specialty. Visiting fellowships are not suitable for newly qualified doctors.

A postgraduate qualification is desirable although MRCPCH is not necessary.

Roles and responsibilities

One of the main aims of these attachments is to learn about clinical conditions. It is therefore essential that you are allowed clinical contact with patients and parents.

You will be supervised during tasks involving clinical contact. It is the responsibility of the supervising consultant or health professional to ensure that you do not overstep the boundaries laid out within your visitor contract.

Download Visiting Fellows Roles and Responsibilities at GOSH (Word doc, 1.2MB).

Fees and charges

Visiting fellows are charged a non-refundable registration fee of £300 and a monthly fee of £700. These fees cannot be waived or reduced.

We must receive your registration fee and first monthly payment before you can start your fellowship. Unpaid monthly fees will result in the cancellation of your contract and access will be terminated.

It is your responsibility to make sure you have sufficient funds to cover your accommodation and living costs before you apply.

When and how to apply

Please complete the Visiting Fellows application form (Word doc, 1.2MB) and forward it to the PGME department at least four months prior to your intended start date. You should also include:

  • a full Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • two written references (these must be on headed notepaper)
  • two passport-size photos
We will notify you if your placement has been successful.

Bill Marshall Fellowship

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 south east 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.

Postgraduate fellowships

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 south east Asia who have not previously had the opportunity of studying 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 (PDF, 11KB) 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 bmf@ich.ucl.ac.uk.

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 bmf@ich.ucl.ac.uk.

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.