Medacs Healthcare has announced that it will support its overseas doctors by investing in a series of Welcome to UK practice courses, developed and run by the General Medical Council. The sessions help doctors new to the country or new to practice, to understand the ethical issues that will affect them and their patients on a day-to-day basis.
The courses will be delivered by the GMC’s regional liaison service, a team of 11 advisors who work on the ground with doctors and medical students across England to help them embed the GMC’s professional standards into their daily practice.
The Welcome to UK practice programme covers the role of the GMC and their standards and guidance. Doctors can learn from the real life experiences of senior UK doctors, analyse interactive ethical scenarios on issues faced by doctors in UK practice, and create their own learning log with tips and reflections to take away.
Mick Whitley, Managing Director for UK Recruitment at Medacs, commented: “Medacs Healthcare is committed to supporting doctors in their transition to the UK ensuring they get off to the best possible start to UK practice.
“We continue to invest in supporting our doctors through Medacs Academy which offers non-clinical professional development and support – in particular around revalidation, reflection and appraisal which can often present unique challenges for our doctors.
“The quality of our doctors is paramount to the service we deliver to the NHS and as such we are delighted to be the first UK agency to deliver these courses for doctors.”
Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, added:
“Adapting your practice to the culture of a new country can be extremely challenging for a doctor. It’s important they get the right support to make sure that transition goes well.
“It is for this reason that we developed our hugely successful Welcome to UK practice course and we look forward to working with Medacs to support their doctors over the course of the next year as they make the move to UK practice.
“To date, over one and a half thousand doctors have taken part in this programme and the feedback from them has been extremely positive.”
About Welcome to UK Practice
Since it was set up in 2013, over 1,500 doctors have taken part in Welcome to UK practice events across the UK. From a sample of doctors attending the programme:
• 98% of doctors said it helped them to reflect on their practice
• 99% said they would change their practice as a result of attending the course
To find out more information or book a place on a course, visit the GMC’s website