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COVID-19 updates for the MTI scheme

Joint statement on MTI

The AoMRC, HEE, and NHS Employers have issued a joint statement (PDF 149kb) on the Medical Training Initiative scheme and Coronavirus. This statement includes details on entry to the UK, certificates of sponsorship, visas, and support for MTI doctors in the workplace.

The AoMRC have advised that Royal Colleges may continue with recruitment into their MTI schemes, subject to a number of conditions which must be assured by the Trust offering the placement. This is to guarantee appropriate training and support for MTI doctors in the workplace within their specialty.

 

Visas – Information from UKVI

The UKVI has published information on visas on GOV.UK due to the COVID-19.

For any immigration-related queries, please contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team.

On Tuesday 24 March, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) published guidance on GOV.UK on immigration provisions for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). These changes are now in effect and full details are available at gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents. If you have any queries, please contact .

 

Update: Thursday 5 May 2020

In light of the joint statement received from the Academy, HEE and NHS Employers around the MTI Scheme and COVID-19, the RCOG is pleased to recommence placements under the RCOG MTI Scheme.

The Academy have advised we may continue with recruitment into the MTI Scheme subject to a number of conditions which must be assured by the Trust offering the placement. This is to guarantee appropriate training, education and support for MTI Doctors in the workplace within their specialty. We will not place MTI candidates within a Trust that is not able to provide us with these assurances.

 

FAQs

When are MTI trainees likely to commence in post under the current scheme?

The RCOG will work with the individual Trust and MTI Doctor to facilitate a start date taking into account the current circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic and individual countries travel restrictions. We anticipate a start date in Summer/Autumn 2021 for MTI 2021 round.

What if a Trust cannot guarantee appropriate training and support for MTI Doctors in the workplace?

Please liaise with the RCOG MTI Office who will be able to offer individual advice at

We will be able to defer any existing placement requests to the MTI 2021 scheme where appropriate.

What if the situation/circumstances within the workplace change before the MTI Doctor commences in post?

The MTI Office will keep in regular contact with the Trust and the MTI Doctor throughout the matching and placement process and we emphasise the need to be flexible around start dates for MTI trainees as the situation continues to evolve.

If the situation within your Trust changes and you can no longer guarantee the appropriate standards of education, supervision and training please notify the RCOG MTI Office as soon as possible at