Routes into general practice


This guide is for GPs new to the UK and the NHS, however if you want to return to work here or do your GP training here, the information below will help you on your way.

I've worked as a GP in the UK before and would like to return

If you have worked in the UK as GP before, and have been working abroad and wish to return the portfolio route may be the right option for you. 

GP International Induction Programme (IIP) and Return to Practice (RtP) Programme

GP International Induction Programme (IIP) and Return to Practice (RtP) Programmes are designed to support GPs who have previously been in general practice to return to practise, and to induct GPs into the workforce.

GP induction programmes provide a safe and supported route for qualified GPs to join NHS general practice. Induction programmes in the UK have slight variation from nation to nation.

You will need to complete an induction programme to be accepted onto a National Medical Performers List (NMPL), which will enable you to start working. Have a look at our fact sheet on induction (PDF) for more detailed information.

While you are undergoing induction, you are eligible for a free year of RCGP Associate Membership. This includes all the benefits of Associate Membership, except the hard-copy of the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), which you can access electronically. All you need to provide to qualify is proof of registration on an induction programme.

I haven't done specialty training and would like to do my GP specialty training in the UK

The General Practice National Recruitment Office (NRO) is the body responsible for coordinating the process for recruitment to GP Speciality Training Programmes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

NHS recruitment

The NHS welcomes applications from established family doctors from overseas and international medical graduates looking to train as a GP in England and has information online about the routes available. 

The Welsh Government and NHS Wales has launched the This is Wales: Train, Work, Live campaign to promote Wales as an excellent place for doctors, including GPs and their families, to train, work and live.

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