In our increasingly interdependent world, global health has become relevant to all healthcare professionals. With increasing population movement and shifting disease patterns, healthcare professionals working in the UK are being challenged to deliver effective care to multi-cultural communities with diverse needs. The Academy of Medical Royal College’s International Forum commissioned research in to the skills that healthcare professionals, including doctors in postgraduate training, require to meet these needs. Five generic capabilities were identified through a consultation involving a wide range of stakeholders, including trainers, trainees and patients. The aim is for these to be integrated in to postgraduate specialty training curricula.