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.
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.
We offer electives for all branches — adult, child, mental health and learning disability nursing. While overseas, you’ll see different cultural attitudes affecting practise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll see resource shortages and outdated equipment as soon as you start your elective.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.
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.