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How to apply for a job in United Kingdom

To see the job offers we currently have, please visit the jobs board.

In order to understand some of these job offers you may need to know some acronyms used in United Kingdom. We have gathered a list with some of the most common to help you understand these offers.

The main requirement is min. B2 level of English. We’re seeking motivated candidates, willing to work in United Kingdom for several years.

All doctors that trained outside United Kingdom need to obtain their diploma recognition by registering with the GMC. The process itself usually takes between 2 and 4 months. You can read more about the registration process in the Register with GMC tab

To be able to register with the GMC you need to complete the IELTS Academic test.

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

Before you can work in the UK you will need to complete the IELTS Academic test in order to be able to register with the GMC.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of those who wish to study or work in environments where English is used as the language of communication.

In order to register with the NMC you must first complete the IELTS Academic test.

The test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes and is split into four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You must achieve an overall score of 7.5 in the IELTS Academic test. You must achieve no less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

IELTS are available in over 1,000 locations.

Visit the following link to find an IELTs test centre close to you:

Terms and conditions in NHS Hospitals

All of our offers are for National Health Service (NHS) Hospitals. The work conditions are regulated by the NHS. Here are a few of the most asked about conditions explained.

The salary rates depend on the position and on the time you have been practicing. If you want to know more about it you can go here.

Entitlement to annual leave is at the following rates per year, exclusive of public holidays and extra statutory days: Six weeks up to seven years as consultant or six weeks + 2 days for seven years or more as consultant.

Entitlement to ten days public holidays (including the two statutory days) to be taken in accordance with Section 2 of the General Council Conditions of Service or days in lieu thereof.

There is a sick pay scheme, the period of payment is made depending on the length of NHS service. The minimum is 1 months’ full pay and 2 months’ half pay; the maximum is 6 months’ full pay and 6 months’ half pay.

Guidelines for study leave for Consultants and other medical staff: study leave may be granted within a maximum of 30 days within any period of 3 years.

Consultants are required to reside within a distance of 30 minutes, or ten miles by road, from their principal place of work, unless their employing organisation agrees that they may reside at a greater distance. Where such permission is granted, and where a consultant is required to participate in an on-call commitment, they will make provision to be at 30 minutes notice to return to the hospital during such periods of on-call. This will be at the individual’s own expense.

Common Acronyms in British medicine

The use of acronyms in medicine in the UK is quite frequent. In order to understand not only medical terms but also job offers, we have gathered here some of the most usual in alphabetical order:
ALS Advance Life Support
ATLS Advanced Trauma Life Support
BSc Bachelor of Science
CESR Certificates of Eligibility for Specialist Registration
CCST Certificate Completion of Specialist Training
CCT Certificate Completion of Training
CGS Certificate of Good Standing
CME Continuing Medical Education
CPD Continual Professional Development
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
EPLS European Paediatric Life Support
FRCPath Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists
FRCR Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists
FRCS Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons
GIM General Internal Medicine
GMC General Medical Council
GP General Practitioner
LMRP List of Medical Registered Practitioners
MBBS Medicine Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery
Mb ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MCEM Membership of the College Emergency Medicine
MD Medicine Doctor
MRCP Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners
MRCP Membership of the Royal College of Physicians
MRCS Member of the Royal College of Surgeons
MSc Masters in Science
NHS National Health Service
PA Programmed Activity
PRHO Pre-Registration House Officer
SHO Senior House Officer
StR/SpR Specialist Registrar

Registering with the GMC

The General Medical Council is the regulatory board for all doctors; without completing your registration you will not be able to legally practice in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and also Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey).

If you are a doctor trained in any European Union country, registration can be done in 5 simple steps!

1 –  You will need to first apply online on the GMC website.

You can start here if you wish to read the detailed instructions for each step given by the GMC. Answer the questions by clicking on the appropriate link and this will guide you to your detailed instructions. If you are a doctor from a country inside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, with your medical degree finished as well as your internship, you can go directly to this page.

2 –  Create an account, log in and pay your fees.

Once you have completed your online application you will need to pay a fee for full registration with a licence to practise. You will not be able to submit your application without paying the fee. However, you can save your application and come back to it later if you need to.

There are two possible fees. The first one is applicable if you were previously registered, had a provisional license or the doctors who have finished their degree in the last 2 years. They will need to pay 185 €. If you do not apply to any of these, the fee will be 390€.

3 –  Compile all the required documents.

Once you have paid the fee you can finnish your online application. Once this is received they will send you an email asking you to send photocopies and translations of the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (passport or ID card)
  • Evidence of Qualifications. This includes your European primary qualification and, if appropriate, your licence to practise. Depending on your country this documents may vary. You can access here to your country’s more detailed web page.
  • Evidence of your Specialist or GP (General practitioner) training (if applicable). You will not be able to be make your application for entry onto the GP/Specialist Register before you are fully registered with the GMC.
  • You will need to submit a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) from each of the medical regulatory authorities where you have been registered or licensed in the last 5 years. The regulatory board that is to issue this document is the same that has to issue the evidence of qualification. CGS are only valid for three months from the date that they are issued and must be valid on the date that the application is approved.
  • Details of all of your work experience from the last five years both medical and non-medical. You must provide a reference from each employer. Each letter must be on letter-headed paper and signed and dated by a person in authority confirming the dates of your employment and that there we no matters that call into question your good standing. The signatory must state their position in the organisation. It must be issued in the last 3 months as well.
  • While completing the first application some questions about yourfitness to practice will have to be answered. Depending on your answers to these questions, you may need to provide more evidence to support your application.

Please note that certifications of copies and translations can only be done by lawyers, solicitors or public notaries!

4 – Attend an identity check.

When you have submitted your details on GMC Online, your application will be assessed. Once your qualification is recognised, you will receive an email to invite you to book an identity check at the London or Manchester offices. When you attend, they will take your photograph andinspect the original documents that you provide in support of your application. You will need to attend this identity check within three months of your application being approved. If you do not, they will not be able to grant your registration with a licence to practise.

5 – Your application will then be assessed.

This process is normally done immediately, but if the Registration Directorate is busy they will get back to you in 5 working days.


That’s it! After this you will be able to work as a doctor in the UK. If you want to make sure that the registration is in effect you can look for yourself in the List of Medical Registered Practitioners.

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