Medical Training Initiative

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) is a mutually beneficial scheme that provides junior doctors from all over the world with the opportunity to work and train in the UK, while giving trusts a high quality, longer-term alternative to using locums to fill rota gaps.

Now in its eighth year, the RCP scheme is the largest of all UK college programmes, with more than 300 international medical graduates currently working in the UK. Its role is to:

  • facilitate General Medical Council (GMC) registration
  • provide sponsorship for Tier 5 MTI visa
  • where necessary, interview applicants and match successful doctors to posts in the UK.

Once in the UK, the RCP supports international doctors on the scheme by providing a GMC-endorsed induction, free use of the ePortfolio system for recording Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and organising an annual symposium.

Applying to train in the UK

The RCP can help international doctors who have already found a suitable post in the UK, and also frequently interviews applicants in their own country before matching successful candidates to suitable posts.

If you have already been offered a post, please fill in the 'Initial application form' below and return to along with a copy of your CV.

If you’re interested in attending an MTI interview in your country, please visit our Medical Training Initiative interviews page for further information on upcoming interviews, requirements and the application process.

Diploma in UK Medical Practice

In June, the RCP and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) launched the Diploma in UK Medical Practice (DipUKMP) to enable MTI participants to fully demonstrate the value and breadth of experience gained during their placement.

To be awarded the Diploma, participants are required to carefully document their training using the ePortfolio system, complete a range of continuing medical education sessions, and submit a written reflection piece at the end of their placement. More information is available on the LSTM website.

I received a very warm welcome and my supervising consultant was kind enough to take me around the hospital personally and show me all areas that will be relevant to my training.

Dr Mubarakali Janmohamed, renal medicine department, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Information for UK trusts

Trusts are invited to submit time-limited ST level posts which include a training component. These can be funded from savings on locum costs or by converting trust posts to MTI posts.

The RCP then identifies and interviews appropriate applicants before inviting the trust to interview successful candidates by telephone to ensure their suitability for the post.

Once an appointment is confirmed, the RCP facilitates GMC registration and the supporting Tier 5 MTI Visa.