Apply to become a GP

If you are a doctor working overseas and are interested in learning more about the career opportunities on NHS England’s International GP Recruitment Programme, please contact england.primarycareworkforce@nhs.net

The International GP Recruitment Programme application process includes the following steps:

Step 1

An initial conversation in your own country with the recruitment agency for the area you are interested in working in and some background checks (including police checks).

Step 2

You will be asked to take an English test organised by the recruitment agency. The agency will use the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (medicine version) proficiency test for people wishing to study or work in English speaking countries.

Step 3

You will have an interview in your own country by Skype. You start your registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). The GMC is the organisation which sets standards for doctors in the United Kingdom. You need to be registered with the GMC to work as a doctor in England.

Step 4

You visit your chosen area to find out more about where you will be working and to meet other international GPs. You will have a second interview and an assessment of your learning needs.

Step 5

Once you pass your second interview you will be able to join the programme. You will be allocated to a GP practice within the region.

Step 6

You will be provided with a minimum of three months of training and observation in your employing practice to prepare you for the Induction and Refresher assessments and improve your English language skills. You will then spend a minimum of six months treating patients with supervision and support from a senior GP at your practice.

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