Overseas Training Deployments (OTDs)


UK-Med offers a programme of OTDs to members who have completed the Pre-Deployment Course. These deployments aim to introduce members to aspects of humanitarian work and develop skills required for working in a resource-limited environment. Places on these courses are limited in number and they are not part of the core UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) training programme. The deployments provide valuable insight and experience for those wishing to apply for the UKEMT programme and other emergency humanitarian opportunities.

Observational Opportunities

Since 2014, UK-Med Community of Practice members have participated in annual one or two week training deployments to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. The programme was developed to provide clinicians with the opportunity to observe the management of sick children in the Paediatric and Neonatal Care field. Routine and emergency obstetric care was carried out in a resource-limited environment both in regional and community settings.

Photo: Ian Quigley, Malawi, Team Briefing

Aga Khan Foundation, Uganda

Through collaboration with Aga Khan Foundation, in 2013 a team from UK-Med were able to support the delivery of a number of small medical camps in two regional health posts outside of Kampala, working very closely in partnership with local clinicians and the Ministry of Health.


Eldoret Teaching & Referral Hospital, Kenya

Through collaboration with Eldoret Teaching Hospital and University, in 2013 a team of seven healthcare workers engaged with UK-Med delivered a resource-relevant trauma care course to 70 of the hospital staff. The course combined small group lectures with interactive workshops and was based around a number of clinical cases seen by the teams working within the hospital.

Photo: H. Glinska, Kenya, UK-Med staff with Eldoret Teaching Hospital

Capacity-Building Opportunities

UK-Med participates in initiatives to help build capacity through training in vulnerable countries. For members of the Community of Practice, these courses are an opportunity to assist in the facilitation of training exercises for local healthcare workers and other stakeholders whilst also adapting and developing their own clinical practice to the demands of working in a humanitarian context.

CeTC – Chemical Exposure Trauma Care

Between 2013 and 2015, UK-Med was commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Jordan, Oman and Northern Iraq to run three-day courses focused on the management of chemical exposure, mass casualty and trauma management.

Participants were invited by the WHO and Ministries of Health from across the region, with experienced teaching faculty drawn from UK-Med’s Community of Practice working alongside specialist clinicians from Public Health England. The course involved learning from skills stations, table-top exercises and simulation, culminating in the delivery of a multi-agency, multi-specialty mass trauma simulation.

Mass Casualty Care and Rehabilitation, Nepal

In 2016 UK-Med delivered a Mass Casualty Care and Rehabilitation Training Course in collaboration with Handicap International UK and Nepal. This involved the training of local healthcare workers outside of Nepal’s urban centres in the management of mass casualty events, in line with recommendations made following the devastating earthquake in 2015.