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?
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.