Doctors Relocating to the UK

Find out all you need to know about relocating and working in the UK as a Doctor.

Located off the north-western coast of Europe lies the sovereign country of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The nation, which is home to over 66 million people, is composed of four separate countries - England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – and offers a unique blend of both history and culture

The country offers an exceptionally high standard of living, political stability, and safety from natural disasters. A land rich in heritage, the UK has it all. Bustling metropolitan cities, stunning rural scenery, and over 7,000 miles of naturally beautiful coastline all combined to make this nation a real draw for healthcare professionals seeking an exciting new life.

Each section of this guide looks to answer the questions that we know healthcare professionals ask, in a way that is easy to understand and simple to share. If you still have unanswered questions about living and working in the UK, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help.

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Apply for a visa

Before moving to the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 2 visa. This allows you to remain in the country for up to five years and can be extended if required.

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Register with the General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC regulates doctors in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They set standards for doctors to meet in their working lives. To practice as a doctor in the UK you will need to apply for registration with GMC.

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Demonstrate English Language Proficiency

Doctors interested in working in the UK are required to demonstrate their English language proficiency by passing either IELTS, or OET.

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