International Doctors

 

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMGs) WISHING TO WORK IN THE UK

There are a number of websites which provide useful information if you are thinking of coming to work in the UK.  It is strongly recommended that you consider this information carefully to help you to decide whether coming to work in the UK is the right option for you. 

NHS Employers  

Contains guidance on:

  • Information about the NHS
  • Details of the benefits of working in the UK
  • Information about registration and immigration requirements

The NHS Health Careers website provides an overview of key information you need to know, including types of registration and English Language proficiency requirements.

The General Medical Council (GMC) provides information on what it’s like to work as a doctor in the UK and the standards you must meet.  All doctors who wish to practice medicine in the UK need to be both registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and hold a licence to practice. 

The British Medical Association (BMA) provides a variety of support and guidance for international doctors.

BMJ Careers can support international medical graduates who want to work in the UK by putting them in touch with supportive UK based employers and giving them the tools to succeed in their applications.

Road to UK is a website developed by two international medical graduates who came to work in the UK and provides a variety of useful guidance and resources. 

The Medical Training Initiative is a national scheme designed to allow a small number of doctors to enter the UK from overseas for a maximum of 24 months, so that they can benefit from training and development in NHS services before returning to their home countries.   

Specialty Training recruitment information can be found here.  If you are considering applying for specialty training posts, you are advised to look at the information about the number of applicants for posts by specialty, which can be found hereTraining posts in the popular specialties and in popular places (e.g. London) are likely to be filled by doctors from the UK.

Other useful website links

 

 

INFORMATION FOR REFUGEE DOCTORS WISHING TO WORK IN THE UK

There is guidance for refugee doctors on the General Medical Council website.

The British Medical Association has a free refugee doctor initiative which provides you with a range of benefits to help suitably trained doctors to get a licence to practise in the UK.

 

 

INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMGs) WHO HAVE OBTAINED A POST IN THE NORTH WEST

Congratulations on obtaining a post in the North West.  Welcome to the North West, a handbook for International Medical Graduates new to the UK can be found here.  

We would love you to attend our enhanced induction programme for International Medical Graduates.  This is a half-day session run every 6 months.  Please contact gpsupport.nw@hee.nhs.uk for details of the next session.

International Medical Graduates with a national training number (NTN) are eligible to access the Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) programme. Please visit our SuppoRTT pages for information about the programme and what is available. 

Resources

 


 

INFORMATION FOR TRUSTS WHO ARE EMPLOYING INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMGs)

International Recruitment Toolkit: NHS Employers has an International Recruitment Toolkit which provides information about good practice in recruitment and induction of staff from overseas.

Medical Training Initiative: If you are thinking of employing doctors via the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), refer to the guidance on the AoMRC website. You will need to obtain approval from HEE NW for all MTI posts – information about the approval process is available here

Induction Checklist and Good Practice Guidance HEE NW has produced an Induction Checklist and Good Practice Guidance for supervisors of international medical graduates new to the UK, which is available here (scroll down to the Resources section).