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Consultant Medical Oncologists International Pathway Programme

An opportunity for overseas education consultant level Medical Oncologists to work, earn, learn and live in England as part of the National Health Service 

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Health Education England (HEE), part of the UK National Health Service (NHS), is proud to run the Consultant Medical Oncologists International Pathway Programme.  This programme offers Medical Oncologists working at consultant level with relevant training and experience the remarkable opportunity to live in England and work as a Medical Oncologist at one or more of our NHS Trusts in the West Yorkshire area.   

The NHS has always benefitted from an internationally recruited workforce, and this includes the increasing numbers of Oncologists who trained overseas who have chosen to join us in recent years. Working within the NHS provides a great opportunity to consolidate your education and training to date, whilst developing further your oncology skills and sub-specialism in a world-renowned health care system. 

We will support you throughout this process from the initial application stage, during your relocation and transition to UK life, and throughout the time you are employed by the NHS.  We have created a programme based on our comprehensive experience of supporting thousands of health care professionals to join the NHS from overseas.  This will ensure that your journey is as seamless and as stress free as possible throughout the application process and, should you be successful, your relocation to England. 

To join the programme you will need to: 

  • have current or recent practice at consultant level in the Medical Oncology field with a specialty certificate or equivalent in Medical Oncology. 

  • hold an English Language qualification (IELTS), if English is not your first language.

  • have a willingness to relocate to England and join the NHS on an initial three-year contract from mid-2023 onwards. 

  • have not been previously refused a UK Visa or told you are ineligible to receive one. 

  • have not been previously told you are ineligible to register with the UK General Medical Council (GMC). 

In return, we will offer you: 

  • an initial three-year contract of employment (subject to securing a UK Visa) with an NHS Trust as a Consultant Medical Oncologist, including a competitive starting salary, paid annual leave and access to the NHS Pension scheme. 

  • access to free universal healthcare provided by the NHS.

  • a free flight to the UK, visa costs and the provision of accommodation at no cost to you, for the first three months of your time in the UK.

  • a structured induction course and a tailored training programme that will bring you up to speed with the local clinical procedures and protocols of the respective NHS Trust(s).

  • a refund of the cost of your registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) once you arrive in the UK.

  • access to further training and involvement in research studies as appropriate.

  • the opportunity to experience a new and exciting culture that offers the ability to travel throughout the UK and Europe.

  • ongoing pastoral support for the duration of your time within the NHS. 

What areas of England does the Programme cover? 

We are recruiting for Consultant Medical Oncologists to join our Non-Surgical Oncology services delivered by the six NHS trusts within the West Yorkshire region.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to contribute to a more collaborative way of delivering Non-Surgical Oncology services across our region operating as two sectors comprising the ‘north’ and ‘south’ of the region.  You will be employed by one of our two lead provider trusts for Non-Surgical Oncology, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (south sector) or Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (north sector) and you will support clinical service delivery across other providers within the sector, according to service need and your area of expertise.  We anticipate that the first successful applicants will be based in the south sector and in particular we are seeking those with experience in breast, colorectal, urology (prostate) and lung cancer.   

Regardless of which trust you are employed by, or work in, we can offer you the opportunity to further develop your expertise, oncology specialism or research interests alongside leading experts in their field. 

If you’ve never heard of Yorkshire, you’re in for a surprise. It covers an area of around 12,000 square kilometres and is incredibly diverse - large modern and busy cities, beautiful national parks, isolated moorland and amazing coastlines. It’s simply a great place to live and work. 

The team at "Welcome to Yorkshire" have produced this short film – so why not start by taking a look at the region that could soon be your new home. 

Welcome to Amazing - Welcome to Yorkshire 


Successful candidates will be employed by one of the two lead provider trusts for Non-Surgical Oncology: 

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (south sector) 

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust employs over 6500 staff and serves a combined population of 465,000 people providing a range of acute and community services including urgent and emergency care; medical; surgical; maternity; gynaecology; critical care; children’s and young people’s services; end of life care and outpatient and diagnostic services.  The Trust provides a comprehensive service to patients both referred with suspected cancer as well as those already diagnosed and treats all common cancers for patients living in the Calderdale and Huddersfield areas. 

The main hospital sites are situated in pleasant residential settings close to the town centres of Huddersfield and Halifax, with good housing and schools nearby and a range of local attractions supporting your work life balance.  Find out what it is like to live and work as part of the friendly CHFT team here: Working for us - CHFT (cht.nhs.uk) 

The trust has a strong track record of attracting international recruits and you will join a diverse team including fellow oncologists who have joined the trust from overseas.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (north sector) 

The Leeds Cancer Centre, within Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust, is one of the most prestigious oncology developments in the UK, providing an ideal infrastructure for high quality multidisciplinary cancer services and ensuring the best outcomes for the catchment population of West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Cancer Network. 

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one the largest teaching hospital trusts in Europe, with access to leading clinical expertise and medical technology.  We care for people from all over the country as well as the residents of Leeds itself and operates from seven hospitals on five sites – all linked by the same vision, philosophy and culture to be the best for specialist and integrated care.   

The trust has a budget of £1 billion. Our 15,000 staff ensure that every year we see and treat 1,500,000 people in our 2,000 beds or out-patient settings, comprising 100,000 day cases, 125,000 in-patients, 200,000 A&E visits and 1,050,000 out-patient appointments.  

The oncology service covers a local population of 800,000, as well as receiving regional referrals for some clinical trials, treating 600 patients each year, delivering 1400 cycles of systemic anti-cancer therapy for early breast cancer and 2600 cycles of systemic anti-cancer therapy and supportive therapy for metastatic disease and has an active clinical research portfolio, recruiting patients to systemic therapy trials for early and advanced disease.  

Find out more about the services offered by the Leeds Cancer Centre here


You can see a description for the roles at these trusts here.


In addition to our two lead providers, four further acute trusts contribute to delivery of non-surgical oncology services across West Yorkshire and successful applicants will be required to work across one or more of these providers based on the needs of the service and the candidate’s expertise and interests: 

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust 

Cancer Services - Airedale NHS Foundation Trust (airedale-trust.nhs.uk) 

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Cancer Services – Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk) 

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust 

Cancer Services - Harrogate District Hospital (hdft.nhs.uk) 

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 

MY Cancer Services | Mid Yorks 


Find out more about what the West Yorkshire region has to offer: 

Visit Calderdale | Tourism Information for Calderdale 

Places to visit in West Yorkshire | VisitEngland 


What's next: 

We intend to conduct interviews throughout 2023. 

The successful candidates must be able to relocate to England from mid-2023. 

To apply please complete this application form.


If you have any queries please contact us global.ahps@hee.nhs.uk 


We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming you to the National Health Service soon!