NUHS Hospital Clinician Scheme


NUHS Hospital Clinician Scheme

Be Part of a Dynamic Force in Transforming Healthcare

The Hospital Clinician (HC) Scheme is part of the nationally recognised new career track offered by the Ministry of Health (MOH). It has been designed for non-specialists with experience and provides additional training to augment care delivery. Hospital Clinicians will anchor inpatient care services in public hospitals (including community hospitals), in a role complementary to specialists. In addition, the scheme provides a comprehensive and structured long-term career path for doctors who aspire to reach higher levels of responsibilities.

Be part of a dynamic force in transforming healthcare at NUHS!
Register here to be a Hospital Clinician with us!

Career Track for Hospital Clinicians on the Scheme

​Doctors may join the Hospital Clinician Scheme from Postgraduate Year 4 (PGY4). At the end of the two-years training, all Hospital Clinicians will have to take a diploma examination under the Graduate Diploma of Hospital Practice (GDHP), administered by the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, and will have the opportunity to progress to a Senior Hospital Clinician and Principal Hospital Clinician.

Career Track for Hospital Clinicians on the Scheme

Choice of Domains and Institutions

As a doctor on the scheme, you will embark on rotations and training according to your interest. You can select from one of the two domains, Medical or Peri-operative:

Medical: Acute and Sub-Acute Care
  • Areas include Medicine, ICU, Emergency Department, Community Hospital
  • Acute resuscitation and management of common conditions
  • Semi-autonomously providing care
Peri-operative: Surgical and Anaesthesia 
  • Areas include Surgery, Orthopaedics, Anaesthesia, etc.
  • Partner the surgical team to anchor peri-operative medical care in an inpatient setting 
Benefits of the Scheme

In NUHS, the development and wellbeing of Hospital Clinicians are imperative to building a sustainable healthcare system. With OneNUHS, our Hospital Clinicians will enjoy the following benefits:

An attractive compensation and benefits package

Attractive compensation and benefits

Long-term and viable career with work-life balance

Long-term and viable career with work-life balance

Train alongside Residents and Specialists within the system

Train alongside Residents and Specialists within the system

Amass transferable skills and form the backbone of the NUHS

Amass transferable skills

Local and overseas training opportunities

Local and overseas training opportunities

Enhanced career progression to assume Principal HC in seven years

Enhanced career progression to assume Principal Hospital Clinician in seven years

Flexibility to rotate across disciplines

Flexibility to rotate across disciplines

Opportunities to pursue interest in non-clinical areas (e.g. Education, Quality Improvement, etc.)

Opportunities to pursue interests in non-clinical areas (e.g. Education, Quality Improvement)

In addition, suitable candidates will be offered sponsorship to embark on these two specially-curated Masters Programmes and the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health: 

  • Masters in Biomedical Informatics (MSc BMI) with a specialisation in Hospital Management. 
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH) with a specialisation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. When can I join the Hospital Clinician (HC) Scheme?

The HC Scheme intakes are in January and July and applications typically open 3 months prior but we encourage you to express your interest early so we can keep you updated. You can apply via

2. What documents do I need to submit during my application to the HC Scheme?

You will need to attach your latest CV and a Letter of Recommendation when you send in your application and indicate your choice of institution. The respective institution's HR officers will then get in touch with you for an interview and any other required documents.

3. If I am applying for the HC Scheme, can I simultaneously apply for Residency?

The application processes are separate, with applications for Residency programmes held at the national level and that for the HC Scheme with the respective institutions. You may apply for both, however, you can only join one.

4. Can I change from the Residency Programme to the HC Scheme, and vice versa?

These are subject to approval by MOHH and the respective Residency and HC Programme Directors. Do speak to your Programme Directors to discuss your aspirations and explore possible career options.

5. If I enrol to the HC Scheme at PGY4, will my bond with MOHH be transferred to the institution?

Should you still have a bond with MOHH when you enter the HC Scheme, the bond will be transferred to the institution that you are with. Upon transfer of employment, you will be considered a staff of the institution and the benefits and policies will correspondingly follow.

6. As a HC, are my qualifications transferable to other clusters?

At the end of 2 years, all HCs will need to take a nationally recognised examination administered by the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, known as the Graduate Diploma of Hospital Practice (GDHP). Following graduation, your employing institution will be responsible for credentialing and designing your scope of work, roles and responsibilities.

7. Do I need to stick strictly to the respective domains (Medical OR Peri-Operative) – e.g. can I mix ED and ICU which is under Medical?

We have designed core and elective rotations unique to each institution and HC domains. Do discuss your career aspirations with your Programme Directors and plan your rotations.

8. Do I need to do a posting at NUHS to be considered for the HC Scheme?

Whilst not necessary, we encourage you to rotate through NUHS and experience working here before applying to be a HC with us.

9. I am/was formerly in a Residency Programme and did General Medicine. Can my previous General Medicine posting be considered as the mandatory General Medicine posting under the HC Scheme?

If you have completed a 6-month General Medicine posting in the 1 year prior to joining the HC Scheme, you may be exempted from doing the compulsory 6-month General Medicine rotation as a HC.

10. I am/was formerly in a Residency Programme. Would my Residency Training be recognised as HC postings?

Relevant Residency training may be recognised as HC postings if you:

  • Join the HC Scheme within 12 months from the last date of residency training; and
  • Have not been away from clinical practice for more than 6 months during the 12 months prior to joining HC.

If the above are fulfilled, the Residency training will have to be endorsed by the Residency Programme Director and assessed by the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

11. When will I be promoted to Senior HC after passing the GDHP?

Once a HC has successfully completed the 2 years of training and passed the GDHP, they will be considered for promotion to Senior HC by their institution.

Upcoming Events
NUHS Hospital Clinician Scheme
NUHS Hospital Clinician Scheme Talk

Date: 20 July 2024

Time: 1.15pm to 2pm (Talk)

Venue: NUHS Tower Block, Seminar Room, T01-01

Chat with HC Faculty starting from 12.30pm at the same venue.

Register for the programme talk below.

Register here

Contact Us

​For more information, please browse through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or download our brochure here (PDF, 411 KB). 

For application, click here for registration. 

For enquiries, contact us at  [email protected].

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