Our Work


What we do:

Provide English Language teaching sessions to help displaced doctors prepare for qualification exams

Help familiarise participants with the NHS and how it operates  

Run group sessions that link our participants to others in their position

Help participants find work experience in NHS hospitals

Part-sponsor exam fees, once an assessor has judged that a participant is ready to pass

 

What we don’t do:

Logistical support in obtaining a visa or right to work 

Pay for other resources, such as laptops or textbooks

Provide sessions for those taking the IELTS exam

 

Who we teach:

Displaced doctors who are working towards the Occupational English Test (OET), or the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) 1 or 2.

 

Our sessions:

OET: 

Sessions focus on one of the assessed core skills (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) 

We use both OET practice tests and resources we have developed in their mould to help participants prepare for the exam 

An example of a resource we developed for a speaking session is appended to this leaflet. 

Important principles and features of NHS practice are discussed, such as informed consent and the role of the occupational therapist, that may not have equivalents abroad

PLAB: 

Sessions run as clinical role plays focusing on exam scenarios 

Participants have the opportunity to hone their English language skills, discuss the particulars of practising in the NHS and review the medical knowledge required for the exam 

Both types are run exclusively by students on placement and PLAB sessions are only undertaken by final year students with a firm grasp of the core clinical concepts required 


How COVID-19 has impacted on our work:

Prior to COVID-19, participants would attend face-to-face sessions. In response to the pandemic, TPP has moved completely online
until further notice. Our sessions take place on MicrosoftTeams, and are either one-to-one or multiple teachers to one participant. This move has been a successful one and we have seen several advantages including individual teaching
and the logistical ease of remote learning. In the future, we will adopt a mixed approach of both online and face-to-face teaching.