Overseas doctors who wish to work or train in the UK

The information provided on these pages details the main routes for anaesthetists who want to come to the UK to train or work. For general information, you are first advised to consult the General Medical Council's document Important information for International Medical Graduates. Any doctor considering coming to the UK should also read the NHS information for Overseas Qualified staff.

Before coming to the UK and applying for registration with the GMC, you are strongly advised to research whether you have a realistic chance of obtaining the kind of job you want. Employment prospects in the UK are very competitive and careful consideration should be given to whether the risks involved in competing for posts are worthwhile.

Information about the number of applicants for posts categorised by specialty and location can be found at the British Medical Journal Careers website and guidance called Working and training in the National Health Service - A guide for IMGs can be found on the NHS Employers website.

The RCoA does not assist doctors in obtaining employment but the following websites may be useful:

Introduction to NHS Working Practices for Overseas International Doctors

The online Induction for International Doctors e-Learning programme is now available on e-LfH website (www.e-LFH.org.uk)  This programme is very relevant for all new Non-UK qualified doctors in the UK including MTI doctors. The programme introduces internationally qualified doctors, who are new to UK clinical practice, to national ethical, social, legal and professional aspects.

The programme has 26 e-learning modules in total which are interactive sessions produced by CMFT, along with a number of sessions taken from other e-LfH programmes which supplement the focus of the programme. Previous completers of the programme have found that it increased their knowledge about UK clinical practice and it was useful in enhancing the patient care they provide.

Sessions include case-based scenarios and are intentionally generic in content, thereby making them useful for doctors of any specialty and grade. It is expected that this e-learning programme will act as a driver for new international doctors to commence a focussed discussion with their educational supervisors, to develop professional development plans and to undertake additional training as per their specialty/local needs.



Global Partnerships Department

Information on international sponsorship
Information on other methods to work or train within the UK