FAQs and Resources
The UK healthcare system offers clinicians the perfect opportunity to enhance their learning and further their career. However, at Remedium, we know that making this move can be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, our team is here to support you at every step of the journey.
Below are answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by our candidates.
In this section, we provide answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by our candidates before they are put forward for a role.
If you are an experienced clinician who is interested in enhancing their career, register your details with us today and begin your journey to a new life in the UK.
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All international medical graduates (IMGs) need to be registered with the GMC in the UK as a vital pre-requisite to practice within the NHS. Preferably, they should also possess a minimum of 2-3 years specialty specific postgraduate experience in their home country.
Remedium are market leaders and pioneers of International Recruitment and our modus operandi is our holistic 360 degree approach towards all our Clinicians. Right from understanding our Clinicians’ prerogatives pertaining to their NHS role ( training specific and location specific) and tailoring NHS roles that befit the criterion to exceptional Interview prep to streamlining their CV’s to negotiating their salaries and an award-winning relocation service to ease the transition from their home country to the UK.
Relocation times could be between 2-6 months dependent on familial and previous work obligations.
You would need each of the following:
GMC accepted post graduate qualification or PLAB
Valid IELTS or OET scores (IELTS scores should average to 7.5 with a minimum of 7 in all modules and OET requires a grade of B in all modules)
This is post graduate experience and competency dependent.
The NHS is a diverse system from your home country, it takes time to acclimate to a new system. We advise all our Clinicians to start humble and work their way up.
in an ascending order: SHO, Middle grade and Consultant.
-SHO are junior level doctors that have minimum 2-3 years of experience in a specialty.
-Middle grades have over 4 years and above years of experience.
-Consultants lead the departments and have completed specialist training as per GMC guidelines.
The NHS welcomes and supports their employees towards their skill-set expansion. Most trust’s have Educational budgets set annually to support your training needs.
To further gain Specialist GMC registration and to qualify working as Substantive Consultants there are two pathways 1) CESR and 2) CCT
Depending on your specialty, a curriculum is decided by the Royal Colleges UK. Your employing trusts will appoint you a Mentor Consultant who shall be guiding you for the same.
The employing Trust will sponsor their Clinicians’ tier 2 work visa and their dependents, likewise. You will also have constant support from our Care and Transition team and our award- winning relocation services -Red carpet by Remedium.
In this section, we provide answers to some of the questions most commonly asked by our candidates after they have accepted a job offer for a role in the UK healthcare system.
Six months is now the standard validity requirement for many countries. If your passport is near its expiry date, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. For that reason, if you are nearing your expiry date on your passport please renew it before the hospital issue your Certificate of Sponsorship (COS).
This is a requirement to apply for your certificate of sponsorship, therefore we advise you to change a bill into your name.
You will not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and United States of America.
No, only the main applicant.
You can obtain a police clearance certificate from your local police station, embassy, consulate or passport office.
In most cases you can get an overseas police clearance certificate from the country’s embassy or consulate. However, this is not always the case. For more information on applying for a police clearance certificate from overseas search “Criminal records checks for overseas applications” on the GOV.UK website.
It is not always possible to obtain a certificate from countries that do not have functioning criminal records regimes or refuse to provide these to anyone other than their own citizens or current residents. Therefore, for visa purpose, if you are unable to obtain a certificate you must provide an explanation with your visa application which details your attempts to obtain a certificate and confirms why this has not been possible.
The time it takes to obtain a police clearance certificate varies from country to country. We usually find it takes anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks.
You will need to contact human resources at your place of employment and request an experience certificate/proof of service.
You can request a gap employment form to complete from your onboarding executive.
Your referees must be consultant level or above and be able to vouch for your clinical abilities and experience.
Remedium will be able to provide your referee with a template to use instead.
You will need to provide two referees from that Hospital.
EPIC stands for Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials. Before you can apply for your GMC registration you will need to ensure you get your primary medical qualification and post graduate qualification verified by EPIC.
It can take anywhere from 1 -2 months, depending on how fast your place of study cooperates with EPIC.
EPIC requires you to submit some basic personal information, details about your medical education and details about your postgraduate medical education. You will also be asked to provide a digital photograph and scanned image of your passport.
You won’t need a TB test if any of the following apply:
- You’re a returning UK resident and haven’t been away for more than 2 years.
- You lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months. You can check if you are in a country that needs TB screening here – https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk
The biometric residence permit is a residence permit which holds a migrant’s biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints), and shows their immigration status and entitlements while they remain in the United Kingdom.
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