UK-Med was established in 1995 to facilitate the provision of healthcare workers from across the UK to support the hospitals in Sarajevo during the Balkans war. Subsequently it has deployed teams to a range of countries and crises including to the Philippines post Typhoon Haiyan, to the Gaza conflict and most recently to Nepal in response to the April 2015 earthquake.

In response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, teams of clinicians deployed to Sierra Leone as part of the UK International Emergency Medical Register. Funded by aid from the UK government, UK-Med recruited NHS volunteers to work in a number of Ebola Treatment Centres in Sierra Leone.

UK-Med is a core partner in the delivery of the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) initiative funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

UK-Med Community of Practice

UK-Med has established a Community of Practice to unite UK healthcare workers in a network of like-minded professionals with a commitment to humanitarian principles and an interest in humanitarian emergency response.

The Community of Practice is now open for new registrations. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


In line with developments led by the World Health Organisation (WHO), UK Emergency Medical Teams (UKEMT) will be trained and prepared to respond to international humanitarian emergencies. Teams will be ready to respond to trauma, medical and public health emergencies.

Clinicians selected for UKEMT membership will be identified and recruited from the UK-Med Community of Practice. Recruitment and training for trauma teams are currently underway, please see our recruitment page for details of the current specific requirements.

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