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Overseas Doctor Recruitment Process

A guide for overseas doctors applying for permanent jobs in the UK 

Medacs Healthcare is the leading provider of permanent jobs in the UK for international doctors. We can offer you a huge range of opportunities to match your grade and specialty. 

We are always on the lookout for talented middle grade and senior doctors, mainly for roles within the NHS, although we do work with independent hospitals too.

Posts cover a range of specialties including, Anaesthesia, Paediatrics, General and Acute Medicine and Emergency Medicine, to name a few. 

Our clients offer fantastic opportunities to join friendly teams, working with some of the UK's top clinical professionals who will be fully supportive of your developmental needs. 

If you relocate with Medacs, we support you every step of the way – from finding the perfect role to guiding you with every aspect of your interview, visa application and arrival.

Eligibility to practise in the UK 

To practise in the UK, you must have, or be eligible to get, registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Professional memberships (e.g. MRCEM/FCEM/MRCS/MRCP) are an advantage but are not essential. We can also secure opportunities on SELR and CESR programs. 

Our Recruitment Process 

  • Step 1: Recruitment Consultant assigned 
  • Step 2: Help with CV writing 
  • Step 3: Interview preparation support 
  • Step 4: Position accepted 
  • Step 5: Onboarding officer assigned 
  • Step 6: GMC and pre-employment compliance checks 
  • Step 7: Visa and sponsorship application process 
  • Step 8: Pre-travel support, pending visa and confirmed arrival date 
  • Step 9: Airport pickup and welcome 
  • Step 10: Covid-safe pre-placement steps 
  • Step 11: Post-arrival support and assistance 
  • Step 12: Virtual inductions, training and occupational health 
  • Step 13: Aftercare and ongoing support 

Our Services 

Understanding your preferences 

On registration you will be allocated your own dedicated expert international recruitment consultant who will work to get to know you and understand your personal circumstances, skills and career ambitions. They will discuss the current roles we have available and will put your CV forward for all the positions you’re interested in. 

Coordinating interviews 

We will set up interviews with the employers who are the best match for you and your consultant will give you all the information and guidance you need to have the best chance of getting an offer.

Relocation support 

We then provide our VIP ‘Welcome to the UK’ service, guiding you with your visa application, arranging your flights and transfers and providing all the information you need to start living and working in the UK.

We will support with your search for accommodation and help you to find work for your spouse via our sister staffing brands if needed. Our pre-travel and onboarding care teams are available 24/7 and will stay in contact with you daily. 

On arrival 

We will meet you at the airport, give you a free UK sim and ensure you get settled in your temporary accommodation, with a complimentary delivery of food and basic essentials to get you started.

We will then support you to set up a bank account, register with a local GP and dentist and if necessary, help you to find local places of worship and schools for children. We will also introduce you to social groups of doctors who have made the journey themselves and provide links to other support networks. 


We will stay in contact regularly to make sure you are settling in well and give you access to our ‘support portal’ which can help you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing. We will also ask for your feedback in our efforts to continually improve our services. 

Find out more

Click below for more information about relocating to the UK, or to learn more about opportunities available in the UK view our current vacancies or get in touch to register your details.

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