The United Kingdom is a culturally diverse and densely populated country, with around 60 million people living here. The United Kingdom has long been one of the most popular destinations for oversees doctors in the European Union (EU). Every year, doctors from all over the world come to the United Kingdom (UK) to work or train in the National Health Service (NHS). This is because, Overseas doctors receive great benefits from working with the NHS and other Healthcare Organisations.
Requirements to work as a doctor in the United Kingdom varies depending on where you studied and your nationality. Requirement for doctors who studied in the EEA and outside the EEA can be found below:
Doctors From EEA
For doctors who are nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or from all other countries with EC rights; or doctors who have graduated from a medical school in an EEA country this link to the General Medical Council will provide the information you need (qualifications and evidences) to enable proceed with your registration with our Agency General Medical Council
For doctors who are not nationals of the EEA, and from countries outside of Europe, please go through the following information that will enable you practice medicine in United the Kingdom.
In the United Kingdom (UK) you must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) before being allowed to practice medicine. The GMC regulation requires foreign doctors to undertake the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) exam before practicing medicine in the United Kingdom or undertake any NHS job. GMC registration is obtainable either by sitting for the PLAB exam or through obtaining a higher qualification such as MRCP. For more details on the GMC Registration and other information please click the GMC link above:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. Overseas doctors are required to take the international English testing test (IELTS) to prove their english language effeciency before they take up a UK assignment. The IELTS tests the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Overseas doctors can sit for the IELTS test in 500 locations around the world and the IELT certificate will be valid for 2 years after taking the test. Please click the IELTS testing location button below for more information about the locations
Professional Linguistic Assessments Board Test
PLAB is the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board Test. The PLAB test is relevant for international medical graduates and is one of the ways in which an individual can satisfy the General Medical Council (GMC) that they have the knowledge and skills which are necessary to practice medicine in the UK. The PLAB test is designed to test ones ability to work safely in a first appointment as a senior house officer in a UK hospital in the National Health Service (NHS). For information on the PLAB click PLAB button above.
There are numerous visa types available through the UK Border Agency (UKBA) although the Tier 2 Visa is the one most likely to be relevant for doctors wishing to work in the United Kingdom. Tier 2 visas can be extended to spouse and family members and this will be discussed with you if appropriate. For full information regarding the different types of visa please click the link below
Registering with our Agency Dovebiz, couldn’t be easier. Our recruitment process below will guide you on how we can help you relocate to the UK:
- Send us your CV with job preferences and preferred locations.
- We will confirm receipt of your CV and give you a timescale for the interview process.
- We will conduct pre-screening in your country. Pre-screening will be undertaken in your country of origin (or the country you are currently in) and you will be contacted and advised if you have been successful and given the timescales for the next stage.
- If successful, you will be contacted for a pre-interview by telephone and we will inform you if you are shortlisted.
- Once shortlisted, your CV will be sent to the client Trust/recruiting hospital for their short listing process..
- Those selected will be interviewed by the client either through video conferencing or face to face in your country, by their representatives
- . If successful, you will receive an offer of employment.
- For UK positions at Consultant level, successful candidates will often be invited to the UK to commence in the post as soon as possible, normally on an initial locum basis, while full Royal College accredited interviews can be arranged (where required) and visa sponsorship can be arranged if necessary. All other checks including health and references will be made at this stage
This page outlines the pay for doctors from 1 April 2015.
Doctors in training
All doctors in training earn a basic salary and may be paid an additional supplement depending on their working pattern
- FY1 (HO) £22,636 -£25,461 per annum before tax deductions
- FY2 ( SHO) £28,076 – £31,748 per annum before tax deductions
- Specialist Registrar – £31,301 £47,175 per annum before tax deductions
- Specialty Doctor – £37,176 – £69,325 per annum before tax deductions
- Consultant – £75,249 – £101,451 per annum before tax deductions, dependent on years of seniority in the consultant grade. Local and national clinical excellence awards may be awarded subject to meeting the necessary criteria.