It is a good idea before you come to the UK to research the job that you want and assess yourself against the eligibility criteria.
Employers will check that you have the appropriate qualifications and can demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in English.
It is a good idea to check the job descriptions, entry criteria, experience required; and assess yourself against these to understand any gaps and think of how you can mitigate these.
Knowing the following key information can help you make the best possible start:
– Get your CV up to date.
– Start or maintain your portfolio, ensuring that it is full to the brim i.e., your qualifications, your reports, feedback, and reflections are all included.
– Focus you on your language skills.
– Build your network – this will help you find opportunities.
There are a variety of career pathways open to IMGs wanting to secure their first job and develop their career in the NHS.
Med school: This can be 5-6 years.
Foundation: Foundation programme is 2 years and forms a bridge between medical school and clinical practice.
Entering F1 you must have Provisional Registration with the GMC, entering F2 you must have Full Registration.
Core training: You can decide to enter core training after Foundation, this is called an uncoupled training programme e.g., Surgery or Internal Medicine. Once this is finished you can apply competitively into a Higher Specialty Training programme.
Run-through training programme: A run-through training programme such as General Practice or Psychiatry, which through a competitive process, will take you all the way up to the specialist register in that training programme.
Standalone training posts: There are also Standalone FY2 posts and Standalone training posts e.g., FTSTAs, LAT.
Non-Training posts: These are Non-Training posts where you are applying for individual jobs that are advertised locally.
We are very delighted to announce that we have NHS jobs on our platform, TrewLink.com. It is absolutely FREE to register and apply for any job listed in the ‘Jobs’ section.
Find jobs specifically for international medical grduates i.e., jobs that offer visa sponsorship and do not require prior NHS experience.
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Our vision is to create a home away from home for IMGs.
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