Join the UKEMT

Currently Recruiting

Healthcare workers committed to emergency humanitarian response are invited to apply to join the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT). Fully trained members of the UKEMT enter a rota of on-call teams that are ready to deploy to respond to a sudden on-set disaster at 12-24 hours notice in either a Type 1 (Fixed) or Type 2 team.

How can I join the UKEMT programme?

The following section outlines the broad steps for an applicant to join a UKEMT on-call team.

Join the Community of Practice

Applicants will need to join the UK-Med Community of Practice and complete their online profile in order to be considered for any UKEMT activities. This profile should be kept up to date to ensure that opportunities are not missed.

Successfully complete the Core Training Pathway

All members of the UK-Med Community of Practice are eligible for consideration to attend a Pre-Deployment Course (PDC) as part of recruitment to a UKEMT on-call team. Selection will be based on the needs of the programme and considers specialism; grade and years qualified in specialism; training history; deployment history and work experience.

On successful completion of the core training (both Pre-Deployment and Deployment courses), members will remain on a register for future opportunities. This could be as a team member for another full on-call period or to provide cover for a shorter period of time for a specific speciality.

More information about the UKEMT Core Training Programme can be found in the Training section of our website.

Complete and pass a medical check

Once allocated to an on-call team, UKEMT register members will be required to complete a medical screening undertaken by the Well Travelled Clinic (WTC), Liverpool (or a partner clinic approved by WTC). Candidates are required to attend for a face-to-face consultation and to complete a full vaccination schedule as advised.

Provide all required documentation

In addition to completing their online Community of Practice profile, UKEMT register members will need to complete all additional deployment documentation before they begin their allocated on-call period. This includes an employer release agreement confirming that they are released to deploy in the event of a response during their on-call period and a financial arrangement that has been agreed between UK-Med and their employer. This is based on basic-rate salary and must comply with an appropriate NHS-equivalent pay scale and comparable salary information held by UK-Med from previous on-call periods. This will be reimbursed to the employer directly following a deployment. In the case of self-employed members, financial support may be available to reimburse loss of earnings.

Team Criteria for UKEMT

UKEMT on-call teams are structured to ensure readiness to deploy as either a Type 1 Fixed Response (Essential Emergency Health Team) and/or a Type 2 Response (Surgical Specialist Cell).

Given the scope of practice and the decisions that healthcare workers face on deployment to a humanitarian emergency, it is vital that teams comprise of senior healthcare professionals. To be eligible to join the UKEMT, a healthcare worker must meet the criteria outlined below.

Teams should comprise clinicians and allied health professionals with a range of experience in both humanitarian and austere environments to support those who are deploying for the first time.

See the link below for detail on the requirements for particular specialities.

UKEMT Speciality Criteria

Profession Requirements
Surgeons: Trauma, General, Orthopaedic, Obstetrics, Plastics Consultant
Anaesthetists Senior level – Minimum ST8 (One Consultant on team essential)
Emergency Department Doctors Senior level – Minimum ST6 (One Consultant on team essential)
General Medical Doctors Minimum ST6
General Practitioners (GP) Fully qualified (post CCT)
Paediatric Doctors Minimum ST6
Midwives Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Nurses (inc. Paediatric Nurses) Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Operation Department Practitioners (ODP) Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Operating Theatre Nurses Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Paramedics Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Pharmacy Technicians Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Physiotherapists Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Radiographers Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Epidemiologists Minimum 5 years post-qualified
Laboratory Technicians
Role Description
Minimum 2 years post-qualified
Data Managers
Role Description
Minimum 5 years post-qualified

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to increase the likelihood of being selected for the UK Emergency Medical Team (UKEMT) training programme?

UK-Med will review a range of criteria to ensure the suitability of all team members for the demands of deployment to a humanitarian crisis. Professional experience, seniority, qualifications and field experience are reviewed as part of the selection process. Healthcare workers in the humanitarian field may wish to consider developing their CVs in the following areas:

  • Previous experience of work within a humanitarian, resource-limited or austere environment
  • Completion of additional training outside of work
  • Qualifications such as Diploma in Tropical Medicine/Tropical Nursing
  • Language skills

This information should be included in your Community of Practice profile. In addition, please ensure that your profile is complete and up-to-date, including ensuring that your current CV is uploaded.

I don’t meet the UKEMT criteria, can I still apply to join the UKEMT training programme?

Application to the UK-Med Pre-Deployment Course (PDC) is open to all members of the UK-Med Community of Practice, however priority will be given to those applications eligible for progression through the UKEMT core training programme. Some spaces may be allocated to less experienced applicants or clinicians with particular skills or experience, pending availability.

For more details please see the Training section.