Specialist Training Courses

UK-Med / Specialist Training Courses

All of our specialist training courses have been designed with UK-Med clinicians in mind. They offer a great opportunity to learn from a variety of experts in the humanitarian field and to develop new skills that could be applied in a deployment.

Please note: 

In order to be eligible to attend these specialist courses, it is essential that you complete your core training pathway with us first. Courses are by invite only- therefore we will contact members directly to register interest once course dates are set.  Lastly, not all the courses below are suitable for all specialities. Please click on individual training’s below for a list of which specialities are eligible to take part.

Developing world Anaesthesia

This practical one-day training course run by the Royal College of Anaesthetists aims to prepare theatre professionals for working a low resource settings and austere environments.

Life Saving Skills and Essential Obstetric Care

This external course run by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is designed to cover the five major causes of 80% of all maternal deaths (haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, complications of abortion, and obstructed labour) as well as newborn resuscitation and early newborn care and is especially useful for health care providers who may be going to work overseas in a resource poor area.

Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices

The Certification in Humanitarian Medical Logistics Practices (MedLog) is aimed at experienced logisticians and medical specialists handing the medical supply within humanitarian organizations.

Pharmacy in Austere Environments

The chaos and uncertainty left by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises can make sourcing, transporting, and storing drugs extremely difficult. Learn to overcome these challenges and gain insight into the practical side of a field hospital pharmacy

Rehabilitation Specialist Cell (eligible following PDC, delivered in collaboration with Humanity & Inclusion)

For people injured as a result of war or natural disasters, who suffer from congenital impairments such as club foot, or who are affected by disabling diseases such as polio, rehabilitation is the first step towards regaining independence.

Gender-based violence

Feel truly confident and competent in identifying and caring for survivors of gender-based violence on deployment with this interactive 1-day training with access to field specialists.

Spinal Specialist Cell (eligible following PDC, delivered in collaboration with Humanity & Inclusion)

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Clinical Leadership

An interactive training for aspiring clinical leaders. This highly rated course run by field experts provides the theory, knowledge, and practical skills to successfully lead a clinical team in a humanitarian setting.

Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (delivered in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of England)

This interactive five-day course teaches the essential surgical decision-making strategies and techniques for surgeons working in austere conditions.

Walking Blood Bank

In a mass casualty incident, blood donations can make all the difference to a patient’s survival. This training equips you with the skills you need to safely and efficiently set up a basic walking blood bank in a low resource setting.

Nutrition in emergencies

Add to your skills and knowledge of nutrition humanitarian in emergencies with this comprehensive course designed and delivered by nutrition field specialists especially for UK-Med clinicians.

Adaptive clinical practise

Keen to deploy in a humanitarian health context but lack the practical experience of working overseas? This course provides an excellent introduction on how to adapt your UK clinical skills and feel confident working in the field.

Hazardous Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

The very nature of humanitarian work can put aid workers into unfamiliar, potentially insecure and sometimes even hazardous environments. This 3-day hands-on, immersive course run by highly experienced facilitators will prepare, equip, and challenge you to respond to a variety of high-risk scenarios.

Child safeguarding

In the turmoil resulting in the wake of a sudden onset disaster, children are increasingly vulnerable to exploitation and neglect. It is therefore of paramount importance that aid workers have an excellent understanding of child protection issues. This course provides a comprehensive overview of child safeguarding in a humanitarian setting.

Essential Burn Care

Correct and effective medical care after a burn injury can have a vast impact on a patient’s onward quality of life. This course, run by international specialists, gives you the skills to treat and manage a wide variety of burns that you may be likely to see in your work as a humanitarian medic.


Want the opportunity to practice the skills you have learnt through your UK-Med training in a fully functional field hospital? SIMEX recreates both a response and response conditions for a truly immersive training experience and tests the workings of every department in the UK Emergency Medical Team field hospital.

Laboratory and transfusion training