An elective is your chance to travel to the developing world and get experience in a healthcare system completely different from the NHS. On your healthcare elective, you’ll see the challenges local staff face when their hospitals don’t have the funds they need. An elective placement abroad also gives you the chance to see staff shortages, a scarcity of even the most basic equipment, and practises that differ from what you’ve learned.

Medical Electives

When it comes to your elective placement, you can choose to rotate through general medicine, surgery, A&E, ICUs, anaesthesiology, OBG, and paediatrics… The choice is yours.

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Nursing Electives

We offer electives for all branches — adult, child, mental health and learning disability nursing. While overseas, you’ll see different cultural attitudes affecting practise.

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Midwifery Electives

Do your midwifery elective overseas and you’ll come home a changed person. You’ll be amazed at how resilient local midwives are in the face of a lack of hospital funding.

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Physiotherapy Electives

Imagine trying to deliver effective therapies with limited equipment — a daily challenge for physios in the developing world. You'll see this firsthand on your elective abroad.

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Radiography Electives

As soon as you start your elective you’ll see that equipment and facilities aren’t the same as they are in the UK. In some destinations X-rays are still developed on film in a darkroom.

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Pharmacy Electives

On your elective you'll see very different drugs compared to the UK, even snake bite anti-venoms. You can even travel to rural areas to see traditional herbal medicine.

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Dentistry Electives

You’ll see resource shortages and outdated equipment as soon as you start your elective. You'll also see patients with extremely advanced decay as many can't afford treatment.

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OT Electives

Late presentations and advanced cases are common on an elective in the developing world. You might even see conditions that are rare or don’t exist in the UK,  like leprosy.

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Paramedic Science Electives

On your elective you’ll see how severe resource shortages affect practises. You could even see patients undergoing procedures like manual intubation without analgesia.

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