Areas recruiting for overseas GPs

The NHS in England is currently recruiting to the following areas. You can find out more about each area’s towns and cities as well as information on schools, housing, transport, shopping and culture below.

If you are a GP 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 or simply apply now.

North of England

Cheshire and Merseyside

Cheshire and Merseyside has a population of over 2.5 million people and is situated in the North West of England. With its stunning mountains, lakes and beaches of North Wales on its doorstep, Cheshire and Merseyside offers a mix of cosmopolitan city life and beautiful countryside and coastline.

It is home to the famous city of Liverpool with its impressive Albert Dock waterfront and iconic Liver Building, as well as historic Chester. It has vibrant and diverse communities and a tremendously fast growing economy.

The area has glorious rural landscapes, green spaces for cycling and walking and a rich cultural, musical and sporting heritage. Along the beautiful coastline stretching from Crosby to Southport, beaches and dunes, surrounded by sweeping coastal pinewoods, provide plenty of opportunities for water sport activity and family fun days out.

View the Cheshire and Merseyside prospectus

Greater Manchester

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.

View the Greater Manchester prospectus

Humber Coast and Vale

Incorporates the areas of Scarborough and Ryedale, Hull, East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire. It has good transport links to most European cities from Humberside, Leeds Bradford and Doncaster airports. Humber Coast and Vale were a pilot site for international recruitment and are developing a thriving community of international GPs in the area.

This area boasts both spectacular countryside and beautiful coastline, along with many attractive towns and villages. The city of Hull, an ancient port, was the UK City of Culture 2017.

Lancashire and South Cumbria

Lancashire and South Cumbria is a diverse region, extending from the stunning Lake District National Park in the north to the friendly city of Preston in the south – and from the golden beaches and dunes of the Fylde Coast in the west to the rolling Pennine hills in the east. The eastern part of south Cumbria also contains part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and borders with North Yorkshire.

The region offers a fantastic quality of life with a rich and diverse mix of experiences. From its stunning rural landscapes and outdoor offer, including cycling and walking; rich cultural heritage and extensive calendar of festivals and events; its coastal plains and resorts and its reputation for locally produced award-winning food and drink.

Since the 1800s, Blackpool has been Britain’s most popular resort. With entertainment at its heart, the seaside town has been synonymous with fun-filled and action-packed adventures and it’s easy to forget the back story, the culture that lies beneath, above and beyond.

View the Lancashire and South Cumbria prospectus

North East England

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.

View the North East England prospectus

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw

South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw comprises of the following areas: Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Bassetlaw.

Sheffield is England’s fifth-largest, and greenest, city and just a stone’s throw from the Peak District. Once known for its world-leading steel industry, Sheffield today is a city that has embraced its creative and cultural heritage.

Doncaster has plenty of green spaces and some architectural gems to explore like Cusworth Hall, Conisbrough Castle and Roche Abbey.

Rotherham is famed both for its eclectic mix of independent shops and vibrant arts scene, as well as the largest science adventure centre in Europe, Magna.

The Civic, a multi-purpose theatre and art gallery based in Barnsley, presents world-class accessible performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

From rustic local pubs to award-winning gastropubs offering a luxury experience, South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw has a fantastic choice of places to eat and drink.

View the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw prospectus

West Yorkshire and Harrogate

From the glamorous shopping and vibrant music and arts scene of cosmopolitan Leeds, the third most populous city in England, to the historic spa town of Harrogate, situated to the east of the breathtaking countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, West Yorkshire and Harrogate is one of the most unique places in England to live, work and play.

The region is made up of five metropolitan boroughs: Calderdale, Kirklees and the major cities of Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield, with scenic Harrogate situated just north of Leeds on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty and all of it well served by roads, rail and an international airport.

So whether you are walking along unspoilt moors, hills and valleys, watching world-class cricket, football and rugby events or taking in the rich history of England’s industrial past at one of the many museums, you will be spoilt for choice of what to do.

View the West Yorkshire and Harrogate prospectus

Midlands and East of England

Birmingham and Solihull

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.

View the Birmingham and Solihull prospectus

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

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.

View the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough prospectus

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Once the crossroads for Roman and Anglo-Saxon trade, the area is rich in history and beautiful countryside. Surrounded by seven counties – including Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. The vibrant multicultural city of Leicester itself became internationally renowned in 2013 as the resting place of King Richard III, whose remains were found beneath a car park and were reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. The whole area boasts medieval market towns, villages and farmland, and the National Forest covers the north of the region. The smallest county in England, rural Rutland is home to just 37,000 people with a strong farming community.

Norfolk and Suffolk

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.

View the Norfolk and Suffolk prospectus


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.

View the Nottinghamshire prospectus

Staffordshire and Stoke

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.

View the Staffordshire and Stoke prospectus


East London

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.

View the East London prospectus

North Central London

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.

View the North Central London prospectus

North West London

North West London is a diverse part of the capital with a multicultural population, beautiful open spaces, sophisticated shopping, world famous art galleries, museums and entertainment plus great transport connections. It boasts the capital’s most famous historical and cultural landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. The area has benefited from significant regeneration and development, including the new high-speed railway line, increasing transport links to Heathrow Airport and beyond.

Boroughs in the area include the central borough of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond.

View the North West London prospectus

South East London

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.

View the South East London prospectus

South West London

South West London covers the boroughs of Wandsworth, Croydon, Richmond-upon-Thames, Kingston-upon-Thames, Merton and Sutton. It has a multicultural population of around 1.4 million people with beautiful open spaces and stately homes.

South West of England

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire are areas in South West England offering city, urban and rural living. Culturally diverse Swindon is one of England’s fastest growing towns with over one hundred languages spoken locally. It is part of the rural county of Wiltshire which is home to the world heritage site of Stonehenge, thirteenth century Salisbury cathedral and many picturesque towns and villages. The city of Bath, a world heritage site, combines history with contemporary culture. Famous for its Roman Baths, museums and fine buildings, it is popular with tourists. North East Somerset is on the edge of the Mendip Hills with numerous vibrant market towns and villages.

View the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire prospectus

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in the south west of England, are stunning counties of great contrasts. This makes them a great destination for living and working, as well as for tourists. Vibrant and diverse, Bristol is a city famous for its maritime heritage, cultural activities, the artist Banksy and its iconic Clifton suspension bridge. In 2017 the Sunday Times newspaper named it as the best place to live in Britain. Near Bristol are the counties of South Gloucestershire and North Somerset which are home to beautiful countryside, historic towns and cities as well as a range of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and horse riding.

View the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire prospectus

Devon, Cornwall and Somerset

Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, in the south west of England, are stunning counties of great contrasts, with a lovely climate. This makes them an attractive destination for living and working, as well as for holidaymakers.

Devon is largest, with two National Parks and over a third of the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, plus over 700 kilometres of stunning coastline, with family-friendly beaches. For those who enjoy a busier pace of life, the county is still within easy reach of London and has its own vibrant cities of Exeter and Plymouth, along with costal and market towns and a lively food and arts scene.

Cornwall has a smaller population, centred on Truro – the UK’s southernmost city – and a series of smaller towns and villages. It is well known for its beaches in particular, which prove attractive to families and the surfers. It is also very popular as a setting for TV serials, with current favourites including Poldark and Doc Martin.

Somerset is the UK’s seventh biggest county and its boundaries have changed over the years. When we talk of it, we include the magnificent City of Bath in the east, a National Park, Exmoor in the west, the historic town of Crewkerne in the south and Portishead, the northern most point on the coast.

View the Devon and Cornwall prospectus


Gloucestershire which is in South West England is home to the historic and culturally diverse city of Gloucester, the elegant Georgian town of Cheltenham and market towns of Stroud and Tewkesbury. It is also home to the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty and the Forest of Dean, one of the few surviving ancient woodlands in England. Together with outdoor activities for all the family, Gloucestershire is also known for its world class music, literature, science, sports and food festivals.

View the Gloucestershire prospectus

South East of England

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight form the perfect blend of city, coast and country, blessed with the natural beauty of two National Parks, a thriving culture, with history and heritage at its heart.

Hampshire is the largest county in South East England with a population of around 2 million people. The Isle of Wight is the largest island in England with a population of around 140,000 people. It is just off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent waters. Travel to and from the mainland by boat can take as little as ten minutes.

Kent and Medway

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.

View the Kent and Medway prospectus

Sussex and East Surrey

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.

View the Sussex and East Surrey prospectus

Surrey Heartlands

As one of England’s ‘home counties’, Surrey is located in the south east of the country within easy travelling distance of London.

Surrey Heartlands has a number of pretty market towns and quintessential English villages, which offer a variety of independent shops, cosy cafes and traditional pubs. Steeped in history, they are a delight to explore.

The area is well known for its beautiful accessible countryside where walking and cycling through ancient heathland, woodlands and alongside waterways are popular pastimes. The region has much to offer including the Surrey Hills which is one of 37 nationally protected landscapes in England and one of the first landscapes to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

View the Surrey Heartlands prospectus

Interested in applying?

If you are a GP 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 or simply apply now.