Practising in the UK

Advice for international doctors regarding practising medicine in the UK.

Practising in the UK: guidance for international doctors

Doctors who wish to practise medicine in the UK must first join the General Medical Council (GMC) register for a licence to practise.

To apply for registration, doctors are required to provide evidence of an acceptable primary medical qualification, skills and capabilities (including English language proficiency).

Please visit the GMC website for more information on applying for registration.

Visas and immigration

Doctors applying from outside the UK will require either a ‘Tier 2’ visa (for medical employment offered to skilled workers and sponsored by a UK trust) or a ‘Tier 5’ visa (for a medical training temporary visa sponsored by an academic body and doctors with funding).

For more information on obtaining an appropriate visa, visit the NHS Careers website.

Applying for a job with the NHS

International doctors can search for suitable jobs and apply through the NHS Jobs website.

The RCP Medical Training Initiative

Aimed at international medical graduates who are looking for core medical training or speciality training in the UK, the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) enables doctors to undertake a 2-year RCP-sponsored training fellowship in the UK.

The RCP sponsors, GMC registration, approves access to the Tier 5 MTI visa and, where necessary, interviews applicants and matches successful doctors to posts in the UK.

Please visit our Medical Training Initiative page for more information.