General Practitioners UK Recruitment

Have you ever considered working in the UK as a General Practitioner, but been deterred by the lack of support? Are you from the European Economic Area (EEA), have completed a residency in family medicine, passed the specialist exam, have good English language skills, or are a returning GP from anywhere in the world?

We have a range of practices across the North of England who are equipped and ready to support an International GP. We have a variety of locations to suit those who want rural, city, urban – or a combination. We can also accommodate special interests to make sure your career aspirations are supported. Speak to us about yours and your family’s specific requirements and we can help locate the right area for you.

The North of England boasts some of England’s most affordable housing with the average detached home being £286,000 compared to £394,000 in the rest of England. Living options are diverse with city, coastal and rural living being available including cities which are rich in culture.

The region boasts excellent transport links with a number of major international airports.

Choose from:

  • North East of England

  • Greater Manchester

  • Cheshire & Merseyside

  • West Yorkshire & Harrogate

  • South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw

  • Lancashire and South Cumbria

  1. Express an interest in the programme and take part in an initial telephone screening

  2. Provide your CV and evidence of current language

  3. Complete pre-employment checks

  4. Initial Skype interview with NHS employing organisation

  5. Attend a Face to Face open weekend in the local area

  6. Relocate to the UK and start a fully paid observership with the employing practice

  7. Engage in and complete Induction and Refresher (I&R) assessments to gain provisional inclusion on national performers list

  8. Complete a supervised placement to gain full inclusion on NHS performers list to begin work as a registered General Practitione

We appreciate there is uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU, but rest assured, we at Cradlefin Consultants and its Partners will continue to support you and make any move to the UK as seamless as possible and will be on hand to answer any questions and help you wherever we can. We know that the NHS will continue to require skilled workers, including GPs and other medical staff, after leaving the EU. The recently published NHS Long Term Plan includes a commitment to ongoing recruitment from overseas and states that we will “continue to ensure that high-skilled people from other countries from whom it is ethical to recruit are able to join the NHS”.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we look forward to welcoming you to the UK.

The National Health Service is aiming to recruit a significant number of General Practitioners.

The NHS offers a chance to extend clinical experience as one of 1.3 million employees, all of whom are proud to work for a ‘national treasure’ and many of whom have come to England from across the globe. The NHS covers 54.3 million people and deals with more than 1 million patients every 36 hours. In 2014 the Commonwealth Fund declared the NHS the most impressive healthcare system overall in comparison to 10 other countries, receiving the highest rating for efficiency, safety and coordination. The NHS is also committed to improving the conditions for general practitioners by investing 2.4 billion a year by 2021. This investment will be used to develop infrastructure and recruit more general practitioners.

To demonstrate the commitment the NHS has in GPs on this programme they are giving 3 year contracts to those that are successful.

The application is started with an initial conversation in your own country followed by some background checks. Which will be followed by an interview with the NHS through Skype. Following this, you will register with the General Medical Council (GMC) which is a requirement to work as GP in England. You will then fill out a self-assessment to help tailor your learning and development to your individual needs and then you have the opportunity to visit the area to develop a further understanding of the role and to meet other international GPs. A second interview will then take place where your learning needs will be assessed. Once the second interview is a success you will be allocated to a GP practice within the region. A minimum of three months paid training and observation will then begin to prepare you for the Induction and Refresher assessments. The following six months will provide you with the opportunity to treat patients under supervision and guidance from a senior GP at your practice.

The main benefit is the expert tuition, support and mentoring you will receive from your supervisor and a team of other professionals within your region.

You can expect regular calls with the region throughout the application and interview process so you can start to build your network and be ready to join a practice.

  • Pre MCQ stage - £3000 net per month

  • Observed practice phase - £3500 net per month

  • On the Performers List – from £68,000 per annum

There are a number of benefits including paid maternity and paternity leave. As well as paid parental and carers leave.

Other benefits:

  • Free language training before and during your employment

  • Full assistance with GMC registration and entering the National Medical Performers List

  • IELTS/OET support

  • UK interview expenses paid

  • GMC and RCGP registration paid

Up to £8500 (up to £18,500 for non-EEA doctors) relocation expenses to include:

  • Relocation for you and your family

  • First 3 months’ rent

  • Shipping of possessions

  • Estate agency fees when selling your old property

  • First month’s travel to and from work

An extensive programme of support is offered alongside the role. Support will be provided in finding a home, a school and organising transport. Furthermore, guidance will be given for important daily tasks such as setting up a bank account and a mobile phone contract. Alongside this, support will be given in the development of your partners English as well as finding work. As well as this any estate agents fees or charges for transportation of belongings will be covered to ensure a smooth transition when moving.

North East of England GP Recruitment

The National Health Service in England is running an international recruitment
campaign for General Practitioners. They will work alongside GPs trained in England to develop an exciting range of health services away from hospitals and in local community settings.

The Recruitment Process


  • An initial conversation in your own country with the recruitment agency for the area you are interested in working in and some background checks (including police checks).

  • You will be asked to take an English test organised by the recruitment agency. The agency will use the

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (medicine version)
proficiency test for people wishing to study or work in English speaking countries.

  • You will have a web based interview in your own country. If successful you will register with the General

Practice National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) to gain access to online support material to help prepare you
for the next steps. The GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) is the body responsible for coordinating
the process for recruitment to GP Specialty Training (ST1) Programmes in England, Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland. You will also start your registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). The GMC is
the organisation which sets standards for doctors in the United Kingdom. You need to be registered with
the GMC to work as a doctor in England.

  • You visit your chosen area to find out more about where you will be working and to meet other

international GPs. You will have a second interview and an assessment of your learning needs.

  • Once you pass your second interview you will be able to join the programme. You will be allocated to a GP

practice within the region.

  • You will be provided with a minimum of three months of training and observation in your employing

practice to prepare you for the I&R assessments and improve your English language skills. You will
then spend a minimum of six months treating patients with supervision and support from a senior
GP at your practice.

According to a recent government survey  the North East of England was named the friendliest region in England. The locals are known for their warm and friendly welcome, good humour and generosity making the North East one of the best places to live in the UK.


Once you have gained entry to the National Medical Performers List without conditions you can expect to earn a salary of between £68,000 and £72,000 per year. This salary is the same across all parts of the NHS in England excluding London where you will receive additional funds to help with the increased living costs there, known as London weighting. Alongside your salary there are many other financial benefits including paid maternity and paternity leave, parental and carers leave.

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