Eligibility and General Medical Council (GMC) issues

The GMC have registered everyone who came off the register in the last 6 years unless they opted out or there were any concerns about their re-registration e.g. fitness to practice.

The GMC have registered everyone who came off the register in the last 6 years unless they opted out or there were any concerns about their re-registration e.g. fitness to practice concerns. If you are unsure about your GMC status, please email gmc@gmc-uk.org to clarify your registration status.

Contact the GMC to restore your licence to practice. You will need to complete a simple online application. In light of the current pandemic the GMC is being as flexible as possible and have made changes to their processes to prioritise applications for restoration of the licence to practise.

GMC emergency powers allow them to give temporary registration to certain groups of doctors as part of the response to the pandemic. Doctors who have an open FTP  investigation or an ftp sanction on their registration are not included in the group for temporary registration.

Applications for restoration are not covered under these powers and the standard GMC requirements and processes remain in place.

Health services across all four countries of the UK are keen to encourage volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, including those who are not registered or licenced health professionals. You may be able to provide support in other roles. If you’re interested in volunteering in a non-clinical role, you can find out more at: www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

The GMC emergency powers allow them to give temporary registration to certain groups of doctors as part of the response to the pandemic. The GMC priority is re-registering doctors who have previously held registration with the GMC. Applications for full registration are not covered under these powers and the standard GMC requirements and processes remain in place.

Health services across all four countries of the UK are keen to encourage volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, including those who aren’t registered or licenced health professionals. You may be able to provide support in other roles. If you’re interested in volunteering in a non clinical role, you can find out more at: www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

Please contact the foreign office and follow national guidance at the time with regards to whether it is safe to travel. Please only complete the survey when you know you will be back in the country.

Not if you are not able to work in a clinical role. If you’re interested in volunteering in a non-clinical role, you can find out more at: www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

Tier 2 visas are managed by the Home Office and you will need to contact them to understand what your options are to extend or obtain a new visa.

You won’t need to pay a fee to re-join the medical register.

You won’t need to revalidate during while you hold temporary registration.

The GMC will pass information about you and your registration to NHSE and we will be in touch with you directly.

If you have a joint contract between clinical and educational/research roles, your organisation will contact you to discuss whether you are prepared to give up these activities in the short term (unless working on education or research in relation to COVID-19) to provide more clinical support in the workplace. Those with teaching expertise may be able to help provide induction for others including those returning doctors – for example, in the use of PPE, managing high flow oxygen or ventilated patients (if appropriately trained to do so).

Discuss with your employers under what circumstances you should temporarily suspend your external commitments in order to provide more clinical support in your employing organisation. The balance between supporting front-line NHS services directly and delivering the business as usual work of the national bodies should be carefully balanced in each case.

Yes, you can be considered to work as a Medical Support Worker. Medical Support Workers can play a valuable role, as part of a multi-disciplinary professional team, in providing high quality care for patients.  They will undertake a range of essential routine clinical tasks under the supervision of the relevant consultant, GP or GP Nurse Supervisor in charge of the clinical area in which they are employed.

This role may be used to support medical staff in GP practices, critical care units or in other secondary or community care settings.

The role is suitable for those who have had medical training but have been out of clinical practice for a significant period and do not wish to take on a doctor role.  It is also suitable for those who do not yet have GMC registration, for example, international medical graduates or refugee doctors currently living in the UK.

The Medical Support Worker role will offer individuals the opportunity to demonstrate foundation-level medical training competency.

Yes, you can be considered to work as a Medical Support Worker. Medical Support Workers can play a valuable role, as part of a multi-disciplinary professional team, in providing high quality care for patients. They will undertake a range of essential routine clinical tasks under the supervision of the relevant consultant, GP or GP Nurse Supervisor in charge of the clinical area in which they are employed.

This role may be used to support medical staff in GP practices, critical care units or in other secondary or community care settings.

The role is suitable for those who have had medical training but have been out of clinical practice for a significant period and do not wish to take on a doctor role. It is also suitable for those who do not yet have GMC registration, for example, international medical graduates or refugee doctors currently living in the UK.

The Medical Support Worker role will offer individuals the opportunity to demonstrate foundation-level medical training competency.

Yes – just fill in with the answers appropriate for you. If you are a doctor but aren’t registered or licensed with the GMC, but have a medical qualification, you could consider whether the Medical Support Worker role might suit you. Please write “Medical Support worker” in the question that asks “in what capacity do you wish to work?”

The Home Secretary announced on 31 March 2020:

  • Those NHS staff with visas due to expire before 1 October 2020 will have them automatically extended for one year. The extension will also apply to their family members.
  • The extension to NHS visas will be automatic and have no fees attached to it for NHS employees.
  • International student nurses and doctors will be allowed to work more hours per week in the NHS.

For more information see the gov.uk website.