Earlier this month, some of the Remedium team flew out to Dubai to host a seminar for doctors looking to relocate to the UK to work in the NHS. The session covered everything you need to know about making the move to the UK- from opportunities in the NHS, interview tips for international doctors, to life in the UK. In case you missed it, here is a handy round up of their top tips!
Opportunities in the NHS
The session began with an introduction to the NHS. The NHS was formed in 1948 and is now the world’s largest publicly funded healthcare service, treating over 1.5 million patients a day. There are many roles in the NHS, and it is one of the largest employers in the world. After medical school, doctors in the UK enter their ‘foundation years’- after completing these, they can go on to specialise and become a GP, SAS and eventually a consultant. There are lots of training opportunities for doctors in the NHS, offering great career progression. The NHS is recruiting for doctors of all grades, so there are plenty of opportunities for doctors at every level.
NHS doctors are grouped into specialties- such as acute and emergency medicine, theatres, pathology, paediatrics, psychiatry, and radiology. Each specialty offers its own unique benefits- and if you are struggling to decide what you would like to specialise in, read our handy guide here!
Qualifications and Training in the NHS
One of the most asked questions we get from our international doctors is ‘what qualifications do I need?’. There are several qualifications and routes to joining the NHS – qualifications will vary between specialties and grades, but all doctors need to be registered with the GMC to practice in the UK. The NHS will employ doctors who have passed post graduate training in their specialty, and have passed the IELTS or OET English language qualification.
The NHS can offer great training opportunities for doctors, and ranked highly as a supportive employer that is focused on progressing and training its workforce. Many international doctors choose to move to the UK precisely because of the training the NHS offers. As one of the world’s largest nationally funded healthcare systems, doctors are exposed to a wide range of patients, hospitals and specialties. Lots of doctors choose to relocate to the NHS because of the excellent training the NHS can provide, including the knowledge and skills framework which is part of the NHS Personal Development Planning and Review which encourages NHS staff to continually progress and gain more skills.
Relocating to the UK
Remedium have helped over 3,500 international doctors join the NHS- so we have an expert understanding of all the qualifications you will require to find a job as an international doctor in the UK. Our team of onboarding experts will be there to support you 24/7- from finding supporting you through interviews, finding accommodation, flights, visa applications and helping you find a network in the UK.
You will also have access to our Red Carpet service– our digital relocation platform. Red Carpet technology assists candidates with every aspect of the relocation process- from finding accommodation, organising immigration documentation, banking and so much more. Red Carpet makes the process of relocation to the UK smoother and less stressful for our doctors.
How can I relocate to the UK to work in the NHS?
If you are an international doctor looking to move to the UK, register your details here and one of our expert team will be in touch to discuss how we can help you make the move to the NHS. We pride ourselves on our commitment to candidate care, providing 24/7 support through our Red Carpet platform and our team of onboarding executives. We would be delighted to help you on your journey to the UK- look at our current vacancies or get in touch today!