Visiting Professional Programmes
Guy’s and St Thomas’ prides itself on its clinical services, education and research portfolios. As part of the education portfolio, we are pleased to offer Visiting Professional Programmes (VPPs) for Clinicians –including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
Our Visiting Professional Programmes (VPPs) have been created for clinicians who wish to observe clinical practice and experience Guy’s and St Thomas’ in operation as a London teaching hospital in the UK.
These programmes offer a range of practice models from observation to hands-on clinical practice and can be tailored depending on the experience and qualifications of the clinicians involved. Programmes range from four weeks to12 months.
During the placements, clinicians will observe and participate in a range of tailored activities.
- Clinics and ward rounds
- Observing surgery in a day care and main theatre setting
- Observing clinical trials
- Participation in weekly multidisciplinary meetings
- Participation in bespoke projects
- Attending educational study days run by the relevant departments
By ensuring that visiting clinicians are fully at ease in their surroundings and made to feel a part of the team, our VPPs provide a complete experience which maximizes learning outcomes and provides significant opportunities for personal development.
A unique focus of our Visiting Professional Programme is the opportunity for Visiting Professionals (VPs) to be totally integrated within the clinical department. Placements will be delivered in the workplace with doctors receiving one to one supervision and direction whilst based in the clinic or day-case environment to ensure all learning and development needs and expectations are met. Visiting Professionals will meet with their clinical supervisor regularly.
VPPs are excellent opportunities for fostering two-way learning, and can support lifelong professional associations. We encourage an open and engaged culture among our own clinicians to ensure that the mutual benefits of working alongside high-calibre overseas clinicians are realized.
At the end of the placement, Guy’s and St Thomas’ will undertake a full evaluation of the programme to ensure that we feed back any recommendations into our future planning. Every Visiting Professional will also receive a certificate on completion of their programme.