Areas recruiting for overseas GPs

The International GP Recruitment Programme has been piloted in Lincolnshire, Essex, Cumbria and Humber Coast and Vale. While the Lincolnshire pilot has now ended, the pilots in Essex, Cumbria and Humber Coast and Vale, continue to recruit.

Building on these pilots, the programme has been expanded into areas across England with the aim being to now recruit at least 2,000 doctors into general practice by 2020.

In addition to the pilots, the following areas are currently recruiting and further areas are planned to start later in the programme. You can find out more about each area’s towns and cities plus information on education, housing, transport, shopping and culture below.

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 take a few minutes to complete our enquiry form.

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The Birmingham and Solihull area includes England’s second city, Birmingham. Once called ‘the city of a thousand trades’, Birmingham is now one of the greenest cities in the UK, packed with many parks and open spaces and kilometres of canals and waterways.

The city is within reach of some of the UK’s top beauty spots such as Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons to the west, the Peak District national park to the north, and the Cotswolds to the south. London is just over an hour away by train. The area also includes  historic towns such as Warwick, famous for its castle, and Stratford-Upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare.

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Cambridgeshire is well known for its flat reclaimed Fens, lush farmland and myriad waterways. The countryside is dotted with beautiful cathedral cities and towns full of history and bustling with markets, shops and restaurants. Cambridge is home to the world renowned university, and famed for beautiful architecture, museums and art galleries. The city’s heritage and culture contrasts with its thriving digital businesses.

The county has several other historic towns and cities including Peterborough, with one of the finest Norman cathedrals in the country. The area offers great city, town and country living with excellent rail links to London.

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These two counties in the far south west of England are major holiday destinations for people in the United Kingdom, offering lovely countryside, award winning beaches and picturesque seaside towns and villages. Both are counties of great contrasts, known for their fantastic work/life balance and a lovely climate.

Devon has two National Parks, 720 kilometres of stunning coastline and fantastic views. It also includes the city of Plymouth, known as Britain’s Ocean City, with a stunning waterfront bustling with seafood restaurants.

Cornwall has the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain and is one of the sunniest areas in the UK. With picturesque villages, Celtic ruins, light blue waters, gardens and parks and unique architecture it certainly is among the most scenic areas of England.

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Covering the boroughs of City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, East London is a multi-cultural area with a population of around 2 million. It has been transformed in recent years with new housing, schools, colleges and employment.

A part of the area (especially London Docklands and the Thames Gateway) has undergone extensive regeneration as a result of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  It has great transport links by bus, road and train into central London. It is also home to excellent sporting facilities, arts and culture and cuisine from around the world. It offers many places to shop and eat, great entertainment, a wealth of museums and galleries, open spaces to relax, all within easy reach.

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Greater Manchester is made up of 10 metropolitan boroughs: the cities of Manchester and Salford, then Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop, Trafford and Wigan. Each has its own unique landmarks, museums and attractions, easily accessible via exceptional transport links across the region.

Greater Manchester boasts world-class sporting facilities, a vibrant music and arts scene, lively nightlife and restaurants serving food from every corner of the globe. Manchester was named by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2016 as one of the world’s 50 most liveable places, ahead of London, New York and Rome.

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Kent is known as ‘the Garden of England’ with nearly 4,000 square kilometres of countryside and 560 kilometres of coastline. It has more historic homes and castles than any other county in England. Nestled in this natural beauty are thriving towns, historic cities and rural village communities. London is so close – typically under an hour by train.

Medway is one of the south east’s most aspiring and developing destinations, marrying its celebrated heritage with a rapidly emerging continental-style cultural scene. The area includes the historic town of Rochester, the Isle of Sheppey with its award-winning beaches, and Dover, one of Britain’s principal cross-channel ports.

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Situated on the east coast of England, the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk are largely unspoilt by mass development and boast more than 200 kilometres of coastline, beautiful countryside, nature reserves, picturesque market towns and seaside resorts. The area is one of the most historic and enchanting places in England.

The two regional capitals, Norwich and Ipswich, are thriving and enticing places. Norfolk is possibly most famous for the man-made Broads – one of Britain’s most beautiful National Parks. Suffolk, its smaller sister, is full of charming villages and pristine beaches – famously captured by the artists Constable and Gainsborough.

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Covering the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield, Camden, Islington and Haringey, this area of London has a population of 1.4 million people and is one of England’s most multicultural areas.

North Central London is a diverse area, housing many of London’s historical and cultural landmarks. It has benefitted from significant regeneration over the last decade, growing the local economy and enhancing London’s cultural, entertainment and leisure offering.

The area is well connected by bus, road, train and London Underground services, and central London and the country are easily accessible. It is also home to excellent sporting facilities, arts, culture and cuisine from around the world.

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The North East is one of the most exciting, friendly and scenic places to live and work, offering city, coastal and rural living.

The area includes the historic city of Durham, with its castle and cathedral, and Newcastle upon Tyne, a city rich in retail, culture and entertainment, built upon a proud industrial heritage.

The area also has miles of unspoilt coastline and countryside. With affordable house prices, low transport costs and commuting times, excellent childcare facilities, and world-class culture, cuisine and entertainment, the North East is a wonderful place to live.

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Nottinghamshire is a county steeped in history, home to legendary outlaw Robin Hood, the Pilgrim Fathers, ancient forests and mediaeval castles. Today Nottinghamshire is a centre for world class sport, excellent nightlife, cutting edge art, theatre and music performances.

Nottingham is the major city in the county, home to Nottingham Castle founded by William the Conqueror, Nottingham Art Gallery, the City of Caves and the Galleries of Justice Museum. Today Nottingham is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most thriving and creative cities. Nottingham and surrounding towns are packed with attractive period buildings. Everything from converted warehouses to substantial Georgian and Victorian homes are easy to find.

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Covering the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, the sub-region of South East London has a population of 1.67 million.

South East London has a diverse and mobile population with some of London’s most significant cultural landmarks. This area of London has been the focus of wholesale regeneration for the last decade which has stimulated the local economy and enhanced the capital’s cultural, entertainment and leisure offering, particularly in areas such as Southwark. It has good transport links by bus, road and train into central London and out into Kent and further afield. It is also home to excellent sporting facilities, arts and culture and cuisine from around the world.

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Sussex and East Surrey is a varied area with rolling hills, vibrant cities, fantastic coastline and a rich history and culture.

The area is home to much of the South Downs National Park, the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove and a host of towns and peaceful villages, providing a wide range of leisure and cultural activities all within a short distance of London and with excellent connections to the rest of the world via Gatwick airport.

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Staffordshire is a large county in the West Midlands, with a population of just over 1 million.  It is a county with a rich industrial heritage, easy access to beautiful countryside and spectacular views. The  nearby Peak District National Park provides plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and wildlife spotting. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent offer something for everyone – thriving city centres, traditional market towns, stately homes, cathedrals and some fine regional food.

Both the Staffordshire Moorlands and the town of Stafford were among the top 10 happiest and most affordable places to live in the UK, according to Hamptons International research in 2015.

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