Students and trainees

We play a key role in training the health professionals of tomorrow, as well as the researchers and academics who will help drive change and innovation.StaffandPatient

King’s Health Partners offers unique opportunities for students to maximise potential and make lasting contributions to the health and well-being of patients. Our Education Academy oversees education and training activities to ensure consistent standards of excellence, with an emphasis placed on scholarship, professionalism, communications and leadership.

Learning resources

We provide a range of other education opportunities for staff, students and trainees including undergraduate health programmes, an academic foundation programme and integrated academic training. 

  • Academic Foundation Programme - the Foundation Programme is a two-year generic training programme which forms a bridge between medical school and specialist or general practice training. There are 18 places available on the programme each year. 
  • Clinical and Academic Research Society (CARS) - CARS aims to encourage student participation in research. The society facilitates communication and the exchange of ideas between College and hospital staff and students, raising student awareness of research opportunities and encouraging their participation in clinical and academic research within the College and hospitals. Find out more here.
  • Designing Clinical Research Course - in collaboration with University California, San Francisco, the ‘Designing Clinical Research’ course guides students through designing and writing a clinical research protocol. 

> Read a student blog on highlights of the Designing Clinical Research course and how it helps develop future research goals

  • Integrated Academic Training - The Integrated Academic Training (IAT) programme allows clinicians in specialist training to develop academic skills at a world class university in partnership with three leading NHS Foundation Trusts. Trainees are recruited into two programmes – one for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACFs) and one for Academic Clinical Lecturers (ACLs). A cornerstone of the programme is a dedicated course aimed at developing skills in independent translational research. This runs biannually throughout the trainees’ tenure.
  • Careers Champion Database - Careers Champions is a resource for clinical advisors and educational supervisors who want to guide their students and trainees towards someone with specific specialty-related knowledge.  All the healthcare professionals involved are happy to act as a resource for students and trainees who want to discover more specific information about their specialty.  They can be contacted by email, by face-to-face meeting or by setting up a “taster” experience. Contact Education Academy at educationacademy@kcl.ac.uk for a list of participants.

For more information about any of these opportunities email educationacademy@kcl.ac.uk

Widening Participation

We place great value on identifying and developing students with talent.

We have an extensive programme of widening participation work, particularly targeting junior school aged children. Using student ambassadors, role models, summer schools and open days, children can be enthused about a variety of careers in health, health sciences, social care and supporting services. We have successful projects targeting children at an early age through visits and simulation activities in particular our “Hands up for Health” community-based simulation for school children.

Targeted apprenticeships and volunteering schemes have been developed with workforce and personal development needs at their core.

Browse our Widening Participation Opportunities booklet to see how you can get involved.

We work with organisations within south east London to provide opportunities for school leavers, job seekers and volunteers, across health and social care and support services. These can lead to educational qualifications and new posts, increasing job prospects and career opportunities for the local community.

Click here to find out more about work experience placements at Guy’s and St Thomas’ or King’s College Hospital.