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Overseas Doctors

Overseas doctors and dentists are defined as those who, regardless of where they obtained their primary medical/dental qualification, are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

To train or work in UK as a doctor one must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and for as a dentist with the General dental Council (GDC). One must also provide evidence proficiency in English by obtaining a satisfactory International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination score. For information on GMC registration and on the IELTS and PLAB tests, doctors should contact the GMC's offices:

General Medical Council
178 Great Portland Street
London W1W 5JE
Telephone: 020 7915 3630
www.gmc-uk.org

Dentists will need to contact the General dental council at
www.gdc-uk.org.

Overseas doctors and dentists regardless of where they obtained their primary medical/dental qualification, are not nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. They would require a leave to enter and remain in the UK when they are non EEA or non UK nationals. Any doctor who is uncertain of his/her status under immigration and nationality law should access the UK Borders Agency website.

Unless otherwise indicated, UK Immigration Rules do not apply to EEA or Swiss nationals or family members of such a national who are entitled to enter or remain in the UK by virtue of the provisions of the Immigration (EEA) Order 1994. http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/eucitizens/

If your enquiry is regarding employment and training in the UK then the following statements may be helpful-

  • All training programmes/placements are appointed to in open competition. These are advertised nationally and must be applied for by following the instruction and guidance within the advertisement. In the main posts are advertised via NHS Jobs website- http://www.jobs.nhs.uk, and in the British Medical Journal Careers- https://jobs.bmj.com/.
  • The programme/placement will have a job description and person specification that will indicate eligibility to apply.
  • Information on entry/visa to the UK and registration with the GMC/GDC is available from the links shown above.
  • The Deanery does not arrange clinical attachments. You may wish to approach individual Trusts regarding their policy on clinical attachment.

Further information can be gained from www.nhscareers.nhs.uk

 

Page updated 09/09/13