The RNOH has an established role in providing education for medical and other health professionals and is a major contributor to NHS education and training, both nationally and regionally, as illustrated below:

Medical Education

One in five orthopaedic consultants in London train at the RNOH.
Over 50 specialist registrars specialising in orthopaedics will be trained at the RNOH each year and over 30 Senior House Officers.

The RNOH is also popular with overseas consultants wishing to extend their knowledge and specialism.

The Education Centre organise a variety of courses for Senior House Officers, Specialist Registrars, GPs, consultants and other medical career grades including:

  • Surgery of the adult foot and ankle
  • Hip and knee arthroplasty
  • Basic fracture management including casting techniques
  • Casting techniques
  • Advanced trauma and life support (ATLS)
  • Basic and intermediate knee arthroplasty
  • Controversies in hip arthroscopy
  • Basic sciences in orthopaedics for the FRCS (Orth) exam
  • Surgical Approaches to the Foot and Ankle
  • Various GP Seminars

Our consultants contribute to undergraduate courses organised in association with the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculo-skeletal Science.

The Education Centre runs a one day course for lower and upper sixth form students who are considering studying medicine entitled "So you want to do medicine?"


Our team of clinical nurse educators, mentors and clinical nurse specialist facilitate learning opportunities for our nursing team and circa 100 pre-registration students on a yearly basis. Newly qualified nurses are supported in making the transition into nursing through our structured Preceptorship programme. We aslo facilitate and teach in house courses which augment the learning experience of the MDT: spinal cord injury related courses, medicine administration, mentor updates, preceptee & preceptor forums, clinical induction, workshops, bespoke training and 1:1 teaching. Healthcare support workers can access the Apprenticeship Programme, Care Certificate Training and English & Maths classes.

With funding from Health Education England, staff nurses can access post-registration courses towards completion of specialist degrees.

We also welcome clinical observers, with interest in orthopaedic and spinal cord injury nursing care and management, on honorary contracts from centres around the UK and abroad.


Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy placements equivalent to about 48 students.

The Education Centre also runs the following annual courses:

  • Future of shoulder instability.
  • Shoulder rotator cuff

For further information on any of our courses please see the list of Courses & Conferences or contact our Education Centre on 020 8909 5326 or email:


University Medical Students / Medical Electives / Clinical Attachments / Medical Internships

If you are a University Student studying medicine or are interested in doing a medical elective/internship and/or a clinical attachment, there is an alternative process at the RNOH. Please contact a consultant direct in the medical speciality you wish to have an attachment with here: Consultant List.  Once the placement has been agreed with the consultant, please let a member of the medical staffing team know the details by contacting: who will ensure the necessary paperwork is completed.

School / Further Education Students 

Our work experience programme is an initiative for school students making decisions about future careers in the NHS and for further education options. Students must be at least 16 years old when they attend but in some areas the minimum age requirements are 17 or 18.

Due to demand, applications for placements until April 2020 have now closed. The application process for placements between May 2020 and April 2021 will open at the beginning of April 2020.

Confirmation of placements will be sent out during May 2020 and if you have not heard from us by 31st May then regrettably you have been unsuccessful. Please note, we only have a limited number of places available.

RNOH is a large organisation and Work Experience opportunities may be available in the following areas:

·         Corporate – Including Human Resources, Finance, Planning, General Administration

·         Clinical – Pathology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Anaesthetics, Spinal, Joint Reconstruction, Shoulders and Elbow, Urology

·         Non-Clinical – Medical Administration

·         Information Technology

Contact for more information