Documents Overseas Doctors Need to Work in the UK
<p>If you want to work as a doctor in the United Kingdom (UK), you need to register with the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/what-doctors-need-to-know-about-the-uks-gmc" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">General Medical Council (GMC)</a> and be eligible for a <a href="https://www.gov.uk/skilled-worker-visa/if-you-work-in-healthcare-or-education" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Skilled Worker visa</a> or a <a href="https://www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-visa" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Health and Care Worker visa</a>. Some documentary requirements for the GMC registration and the visa application are the same, and in this article, we will list all you need to prepare for both.</p> <h2>GMC Registration Pathways</h2> <p>We have discussed in a previous article the types of registration that you can apply for with the GMC. You can apply for ‘<a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/provisional-registration" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Provisional registration</a>’, ‘<a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/the-medical-register/a-guide-to-the-medical-register/full-registration" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Full registration</a>’, ‘<a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/the-medical-register/a-guide-to-the-medical-register/gp-registration" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">General Practitioner registration</a>’, or ‘<a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/the-medical-register/a-guide-to-the-medical-register/specialist-registration" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Specialist registration</a>’. The credentials you present to the GMC will determine which path your registration will take. You can provide any of the following:</p> <ul><li>Evidence of a pass in the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/plab" target="_blank">Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test</a></li><li>Evidence of <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-doctors-with-sponsorship" target="_blank">sponsorship</a> from a GMC approved sponsor</li><li>Proof of an <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/before-you-apply/acceptable-postgraduate-qualifications" target="_blank">acceptable postgraduate qualification</a></li><li><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/specialist-application-guides/cesr-with-registration" target="_blank">GP or Specialist qualification</a></li><li>Specialist or GP registration for doctors who hold a <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-doctors-who-hold-a-relevant-european-specialist-or-gp-qualification" target="_blank">relevant European Specialist or GP qualification</a></li><li>And proof of an <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-imgs-who-have-passed-an-acceptable-overseas-registration-exam?previousPc=85" target="_blank">acceptable overseas registration exam</a></li></ul> <p></p> <h2>Required Documents&nbsp;</h2> <p>All registration pathways have commonly required documents. An essential document, especially for people intending to work abroad, is a valid passport. As an <a href="https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/doctors/information-overseas-doctors" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">International Medical Graduate (IMG)</a>, you need to provide evidence of:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>an <a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-international-medical-graduates/evidence-of-your-primary-medical-qualification" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">acceptable primary medical qualification</a> that is <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/get-a-trueproof-for-your-credentials" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">PSV certified</a>,&nbsp;</li><li>an <a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-international-medical-graduates/your-internship" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">acceptable period of internship or experience</a>,&nbsp;</li><li>an <a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-international-medical-graduates/your-knowledge-of-english" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">IELTS or OET passing certificate</a>,&nbsp;</li><li>a <a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-international-medical-graduates/your-certificate-of-good-standing" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Certificate of Good Standing</a> from <em>each</em> health regulatory authority you’ve belonged to,&nbsp;</li><li><a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-international-medical-graduates/your-activities-for-the-last-five-years" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">details of <em>all</em> your medical and non-medical activities for the last 5 years</a>, including unemployment, maternity leave, study leave, career breaks, clinical attachments and vacations</li><li>a <a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/declaration-tool" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">declaration of your fitness to practice</a>,</li><li>your <a href="https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/join-the-register/registration-applications/application-guides/full-registration-for-international-medical-graduates/i-am-ready-to-apply" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">GMC application</a></li></ul> <p></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1000" height="667" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_191227850-1.jpg" alt="Doctors Documents GMC UK" class="wp-image-12351" title="Doctors Documents GMC UK" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_191227850-1.jpg 1000w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_191227850-1-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_191227850-1-768x512.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></figure> <h2>Supporting Documents</h2> <p>Depending on your country of residence, you may be required to present a <a href="https://www.gov.uk/tb-test-visa/countries-where-you-need-a-tb-test-to-enter-the-uk" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Tuberculosis (TB) test</a> for your visa application. Citizens from the Philippines, India, Pakistan, and others in the UK list will need to undergo a TB test at a clinic approved by the Home Office. As <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skilled-worker-visa-eligible-healthcare-and-education-jobs/skilled-worker-visa-eligible-healthcare-and-education-jobs" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Medical Practitioners</a>, you are eligible for the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/can-you-get-a-visa-under-the-uk-points-based-system" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Skilled Worker Visa</a>, with occupation code 2211 for Anaesthetists, Consultants (Hospital Service), Doctors, GPs, Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Radiologists, and Surgeons.&nbsp;</p> <p>An alternative visa pathway is the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/apply-uk-health-care-worker-visa" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Health and Care Worker visa</a>, where you’ll need to provide your certificate of sponsorship reference number provided by your GMC-approved sponsor. You <em>may</em> also be required to present <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.gov.uk/health-care-worker-visa/how-much-it-costs" target="_blank">evidence of funds</a> (Bank certificate with at least £1,270 money available for at least 28 days in a row, with day 28 within 31 days of applying for the Health and Care Worker visa.</p> <h2>GMC Accepts Your TrueProof</h2> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1000" height="667" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1038882709-1.jpg" alt="Doctors Documents GMC UK" class="wp-image-12353" title="Doctors Documents GMC UK" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1038882709-1.jpg 1000w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1038882709-1-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/09/shutterstock_1038882709-1-768x512.jpg 768w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px" /></figure> <p>If you already have a <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/trueproofs-what-can-you-do-with-your-verified-documents" target="_blank">TrueProof</a> for your credentials, you can transfer them directly to the GMC for your medical registration. The GMC accepts our Primary Source Verification (PSV) report for your documents. The process for the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/how-to-transfer-your-trueproof-for-your-gcc-healthcare-license-requirement" target="_blank">report transfer</a> is the same as if you were applying for your GCC requirements, which we have covered in an <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/how-to-transfer-your-trueproof-for-your-gcc-healthcare-license-requirement" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">earlier article</a>. You don’t need to pay for an additional verification once you have your TrueProof from TrueProfile.io.</p> <h2>Get More Out of Your TrueProfile.io Membership</h2> <p>Once you have your verified credentials from TrueProfile.io, you will own your TrueProof that international authorities like the GMC recognize. Your TrueProof is also recognized by regulators in other countries, most particularly in the GCC region. And because our TrueProofs are stored in the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/how-do-we-use-blockchain-to-protect-your-credentials" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Ethereum blockchain</a>, it renders your documents future-proof. Store them on your <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/build-a-digital-resume" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">myTrueProfile page</a> and use it as a digital resumé!</p> <h4>Want to be a doctor in the UK? Get your <a href="https://member.trueprofile.io/register" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">TrueProof</a> now!</h4>