Routes into general practice

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. 

Induction and Refresher

Induction and Refresher schemes 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

NHS England has committed to funding the cost of recruiting, relocating and training 2000 overseas doctors as part of its International GP Recruitment Programme, and there are recruitment schemes now underway in many areas of the country.

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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