August 26, 2017

Diploma in UK Medical Practice for International Medical Graduates

Diploma in UK Medical Practice (DipUKMP)
The DipUKMP was developed through a partnership between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) and now incorporates a partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

What is the DipUKMP?

The Diploma in UK Medical Practice (DipUKMP) is a new postgraduate level programme through which international medical graduates (IMGs) working in National Health Service (NHS) hospital trusts in the UK, through the Medical Training Initiatives of RCP London and RCPCH, to work towards a professional diploma through their NHS work. The programme aims to maximise the opportunities presented by NHS work placements to gain and demonstrate clinical competency, engage with medical education and other NHS activities and develop skills in reflective practice. It sets a standard of expected achievement for this period of clinical training and helps ensure that IMGs receive the same high standard of training afforded to their UK colleagues.

Who is the programme for?

IMGs who work in the NHS through the RCP London or RCPCH Medical Training Initiative may enrol for this professional diploma. It is suitable for those entering training at core medical (ST1-2) or specialty training (ST3+) level. All practising doctors need skills not only in clinical work but in medical education, clinical governance and quality improvement and this programme helps support the development of those professional skills for hospital doctors (IMGs) training in the NHS.

This programme provides a framework for IMGs to be assessed on their clinical and other NHS work in the same way as those in UK hospital training.

Doctors should register as soon as possible on starting their MTI placement (or before starting, once placement is confirmed) to ensure that they maximise the time available to meet requirements. For the first year of the programme we will accept applications up to 24 months after starting, providing doctors are still in placement. Thereafter the limit will be 12 months. We encourage early application where possible to maximise chances of success.

What are the benefits of enrolling on the DipUKMP?

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) facilitates up to two years training in the NHS. Alongside the knowledge-based assessment of the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians or Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health examinations taken by some IMGs while working in the UK, this programme provides the opportunity to gain a further postgraduate qualification in medical practice that may enhance career progression and that may be used to demonstrate that the required level of clinical competency and other skills has been reached. It is awarded by a well-renowned academic institution (LSTM) in partnership with world-leading medical institutions RCP and RCPCH.

What are the requirements of the programme?

The majority of the work is done through clinical practice in NHS work placements. To evidence learning and development, IMGs are required to use the e-portfolio used by UK trainees and log clinical training, courses attended, work-place based assessments and involvement in medical education and either clinical governance or quality improvement work. The e-portfolio must demonstrate that all competencies and work-place based assessments (also known as supervised learning events) requirements are met to the standard expected of an equivalent UK trainee and that the learning outcomes for the DipUKMP have been met. Educational supervisors are required to write a report, as they would for UK trainees.

In addition, students are required to submit a 2500 word reflective written assignment, based on their involvement in one of clinical practice, medical education or quality improvement/clinical governance work, by a given deadline, 12-18 months after starting work in the NHS.

The student handbook and other information provided on registration give all necessary information to support success on the programme. Guidance for educational supervisors is also provided on registration, through the virtual learning environment.


The enrolment fee is £750 (GBP) per student and is payable on registration. There are no other costs to the student.


To register on this programme, please complete the online application form.


For further details or enquiries, please contact:

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Director of Studies, Dr Clare van Halsema and Programme Administrator Natasha Sutton.
Phone: +44(0)151 705 3754

Royal College of Physicians of London
IMG manager, Naa Akleh Noi Odonkor
Phone: +44(0)20 3075 1632

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
MTI co-ordinator Monika Ma (née Filasiewicz)
Phone: +44(0)20 7092 6140

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