Sierra Leone: Surgical Fellow (with King’s Sierra Leone Partnership and Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow)

Organization: King’s Sierra Leone Partnership
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 28 Jul 2018

The Function

The King´s Sierra Leone partnership (KSLP) is a long-term capacity building partnership between King’s Health Partners in London and key partner institutions in Freetown, Sierra Leone, including the College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, Connaught Government Hospital, and the Ministry of Health & Sanitation. KSLP’s mission is to help strengthen Sierra Leone’s health system by supporting improvements in training, clinical service delivery, policy, and research.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) is home to over 14,000 Physicians, Surgeons, Dentists, Travel Medicine and Podiatric Medicine specialists worldwide. Established in 1599, it is the only multidisciplinary Royal College in the UK. The role of the College is the same today as it was at the beginning; to help and support our membership community deliver the highest standard of health care to their patients.

As Sierra Leone rebuilds its health system, the focus has moved to strengthening the health system in general with a particular emphasis on developing tertiary care and enabling a suitable referral environment both for district hospitals to escalate complex adult medical and surgical cases and for quality post-graduate specialisation to begin. Improvements at Connaught Hospital have already been pivotal in achieving partial accreditation for post-graduate surgical training by West African College of Surgeons. KSLP have engaged at all stages in this process, particularly around strengthening links between A&E, wards, and intensive care. KSLP’s team of volunteers run programmes interlinking clinical care, diagnostics, infrastructure, and systems to optimise the available work forces’ ability to improve patient care.

KSLP and the RCPSG are working together to support these efforts and are recruiting a Surgical Fellow to join KSLP’s in-country team as soon as possible. This person will be based in Freetown and will have a critical role in supporting staff in surgery including pre-operative planning, peri-operative systems, and post-operative ward care. The Fellow will support ongoing projects as well as engage with partners’ needs to evolve the role accordingly.

The Role

The role’s main responsibilities will include:

  • Working with Connaught Hospital’s six consultant surgeons and developing relationships to establish achievable, lasting projects.
  • Participating in surgical ward clinical care and nurse education, whilst supporting named teams in their holistic management of surgical patients.
  • Supporting Postgraduate training in surgery through assisting with surgical grand rounds, surgical morning meetings, and surgical case teaching sessions.
  • Developing surgical guideline-based care in collaboration with Sierra Leone partners.
  • Supporting the National Surgical Plan process through direct participation in the Surgical Steering Committee.
  • Working with partners to design and implement quality improvement projects to improve theatre efficiency, work towards the Lancet Commission goals of increased access to safe, timely, affordable surgery (including collection of key matrices), and establish standard use of the WHO Safe Surgical Pathway.

Person Specification


  • Essential: A medical degree. Professional registration in home country.
  • Desirable: A Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (DTMH), Travel Medicine (DTM), or comparable; a global/international health BSc, MSc, or MPH; Surgical Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow – FRCS(Glasg)


  • Essential: Considerable surgical and teaching experience
  • Desirable: More than 6 months’ work experience in Africa or a low resource setting; Experience in Infectious Diseases; Involvement in designing and implementing research projects

​​*Personal Characteristics*

  • Essential: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, as well as confidence working within a multicultural team; Skilled at multitasking and prioritising, working independently with minimal supervision, leading and designing projects autonomously; an appreciation of the philosophy behind a long-term co-development health partnership
  • Desirable: A keen interest in health and education systems strengthening, audit, and quality improvement and research

Support Provided to Volunteers

This post is a 12-month unpaid voluntary position but the post holder will be provided with the following support:

  • Return flights to and from initial post, plus two paid leave flights to and from Freetown
  • Stipend for living expenses (£500 per month, paid in local currency)
  • Multi-entry visa, residency permit, professional registration
  • Vaccinations and anti-malarials
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation in a shared KSLP house
  • Mentorship and support from both KSLP and RCPSG technical experts

How to apply:

To Apply: Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and CV (maximum 4 pages) to Please include the role title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.