Shining a Light on our Former Students Working in the NHS

With key workers and carers across the country working tirelessly to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, we have been taking our time to honour the work of our former students who came to the UK as asylum seekers, and, through our work with RefuAid, are now working as medical professionals in the UK.

Founded in 2017, RefuAid is a London-based organisation working to provide sustainable solutions to the barriers faced by refugees and asylum seekers. In particular, the charity focuses on requalification, financial aid and English language tuition. For the past two years, British Study Centres has partnered with RefuAid in order to provide training to refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom. In particular, offering students a place on IELTS and OET courses that they need to register as a healthcare worker in the UK.

Over the past few weeks, RefuAid has been highlighting the stories of its students through their #WeAreOne campaign on Instagram, shining a light on the stories of the students who have successfully requalified in the UK and are now on the frontline of the COVID-19 response across the country.

Honouring students past and present

Dr Hamad, a qualified doctor with experience in cardiology, fled conflict in Syria and arrived in the UK in 2014. Determined to return to work as soon as possible, Dr Hamad sat his English language qualification at British Study Centres and also received a RefuAid loan to cover the cost of his medical accreditation.

Now working as an A&E doctor at a hospital in Southampton, he said:

“The UK gave me a safe shelter when I left Syria after the war. As a doctor now in the A&E I will keep fighting this invisible enemy and I am sure we will beat it and make the UK safe again.”

“The UK gave me a safe shelter when I left Syria after the war. As a doctor now in the A&E I will keep fighting this invisible enemy.”

Even with lockdown restrictions preventing the go-ahead of face to face courses, British Study Centres continues to offer medical English training to RefuAid students from around the world.

Carmen, a Paediatric Surgeon, recently completed our OET preparation course online.

“I found BSC was very helpful. The most valuable aspect was the precision with the ‘top-tips’ given by our amazing teacher. The materials distributed were helpful and information was well supported either from the OET official website and well-known universities or newspapers.”

Currently working as a research fellow for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Carmen is honing her skills before taking the OET exam in the coming months.

As an international education and training group, British Study Centres is committed to helping people around the world fulfil their potential. Marketing Director David Holloway said:

‘We are incredibly proud to work with RefuAid and play a part in helping medical staff on the frontline with Covid-19.’

We're here to help

If you're looking for help requalifying as a doctor or nurse in the United Kingdom, please contact British Study Centres for more information.