NEU Professionals is now recruiting overseas Doctors and Dentists for future jobs to work at the NHS in the UK.
All doctors must have registration with a licence to legally practise medicine and undertake activities restricted by law to doctors, such as writing prescriptions and signing death certificates. The licence to practise is issued by the General Medical Council (GMC) and applies to all doctors in the UK regardless of whether they are working in the NHS or independent sector, either on a full or part time, permanent or locum basis. It also applies to all levels of registration, whether provisional, full or on the specialist or general practitioner (GP) register.
All doctors intending to practise medicine in the UK are required to be registered with the GMC, follow the GMC’s good medical practice guidance and be subject to the GMC Fitness to Practise actions. Doctors who hold registration but not a licence may be working as an academic or outside the UK. They cannot undertake any of the activities – clinical work – for which UK law requires them to hold a licence to practise.
Doctors who have never been registered with the GMC will have to apply for registration with a licence to practise. They will not be able to apply for registration without a licence. In addition, international medical graduates (IMGs) will be required to demonstrate their medical knowledge and skills, and all applicants may have to demonstrate they are competent in using the English language before they are registered. NHS Employers has published a helpful guide for IMGs on its website.
Since 1 April 2006, all doctors working in general practice in the NHS in the UK (other than doctors in training such as GP registrars) are required to be on the GP Register. If you have not completed the UK GP Certificate of Completion of Training programme you will need to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for General Practice Registration (CEGPR), which will then enable you to be entered on the GP Register.
Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB)
The GMC uses the PLAB test to ensure that international doctors have the basic medical competence and communication skills to practise in the UK. Doctors wishing to take the PLAB test must have already successfully completed the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Occupational English Test (OET).
The first part of the PLAB test can be taken at a number of test centres overseas, but the second part must be taken in the UK. Further details about the PLAB test, including dates, test centres and costs, can be obtained from the GMC by visiting their website.
Requirements for Doctors
- Acceptable primary medical qualification. If you are in any doubt you should check your qualifications status with the GMC.
- Licence to practise, registered with the GMC.
- Proof of English language proficiency in line with the General Medical Council’s requirements.*
- IELTS: candidates will be required to prove that they meet the GMC’s requirements in the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Prospective registrants for the GMC’s register must score 7.5 or more overall.
- OET: candidates will need to achieve a Level B in each skill (listening, reading, writing and speaking) to meet the GMC’s requirements. Further details about the OET are available on the GMC website.
All dentists and dental care professionals must be registered with the GDC and licensed to work in the UK. The General Dental Council (GDC) is the organisation that regulates dental professionals in the UK.
All dentists need to complete an application to join the GDC registration. The route to registration will depend on whether they want to register as a dentist or as a dental care professional (DCP). They can apply to register for one or more DCP titles at the same time, but they will need to complete a separate application for each title.
Overseas Registration Exam (ORE)
The Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) is an exam that overseas qualified dentists have to pass in order to register with the GDC. Registration allows dentists to practice dentistry unsupervised in the UK.
The ORE tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists whose qualifications are not recognised in the UK. Candidates are expected expected to be able to show competence, knowledge and familiarity in the different aspects of dentistry.
The exam uses modern assessment methods to ensure a robust and consistent exam. The exam has two parts.
Both parts of the exam are mapped to learning outcomes and a candidate could be tested on any dentistry aspects in this document.
- Part 1 (Written exam): Designed to test application of knowledge to clinical practice.
- Part 2 (Clinical exam): Designed for candidates to demonstrate practical clinical skills.
Qualifications for Dentists
To find out which application form dentists will need to complete, applicants can use the route to registration online questionnaire. It will tell them if they are eligible for registration, and direct them to the right application pack.
- Registration as a dentist or DCP with UK qualifications (details of UK programmes leading to registration can be found in the dental education and training inspections section of our website).
- Registration as a dentist or DCP with historic qualifications.
- Registration as a dentist with recognised EEA qualifications.
- Registration as a dentist with recognised overseas qualifications.
- Registration as a DCP with relevant overseas qualifications.
- Registration as a dentist having passed the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) or Licence in Dental Surgery (LDS).
- Temporary registration for dentists (first direction).
English Language requirements for Dentists
Applicants who qualified from outside the EEA must provide evidence of their language competence when submit their application.
The GDC accepts a certificate in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam which demonstrates that applicants have passed the exam according to the scores set out below:
- Overall score of at least 7, at least 6.5 in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.
* Please note we are currently accepting applications from Doctors and Dentists for future job vacancies to work at the NHS in the UK, once these positions are available we will review your documents and we will be in touch with more information and guidance based on your current situation and experience.