Work as an Overseas Doctor in the UK

Want to work as an Overseas Doctor in the UK ? We assist overseas Doctor’s seeking jobs opportunities in the UK; through our market research and healthcare recruiting expertise-industry relationships to provide opportunities in your career advancement …

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Why work as a Doctor in the UK ?


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Pathways to UK & Medical Registration

Looking to work as an Overseas Doctor in the UK ?

Why work as an Overseas Doctor in the UK ?

UK needs and allows healthcare professionals come to the UK workforce. There has never been a better time to consider working in the UK as a doctor. The NHS currently has more than 9,000 vacant doctor posts.

The UK government, in its workforce plan for the NHS, has admitted it is reliant on recruiting overseas doctors until 2023 at least. It has removed its Tier 2 visa cap for doctors and nurses wishing to work in the UK

For international doctors, there are many benefits to furthering your medical career in the UK, which include:

  • Work experience within one of the world’s largest healthcare systems
  • Top quality training and development, including the opportunity to gain specialist UK Royal College qualifications
  • Access to ground-breaking research
  • Good standards of pay
  • An opportunity to experience living and working in the UK
  • Developing new skills and being introduced to new ways of working
  • A diverse, multi-cultural population with a wide range of health needs

Not only is the UK attractive to overseas doctors, but the UK’s publicly funded healthcare system – National Health Service (NHS) – relies upon international doctors to bridge skill shortage gaps and meet the high demand for its services.  Today, 26.3% of doctors licensed to practise by the General Medical Council (GMC) graduated from their primary medical qualification in an international country.  A further 10.7 % of doctors obtained theirs from an EEA country outside the UK.

If you are considering working in UK, Emanate Resourcing can help. Our team is on hand at every step of the process from supporting you with your registration, finding a job, to helping you settle in and work in UK.

Please feel Free, to Contact Us to discuss your next career opportunity.

Pathways for Doctors who want to work as an Overseas Doctor in the UK

Pathway 1

This pathway is ideal for MBBS graduates those who have completed/ in process of completing their internship/house job.

Please note that — Unlike the USMLE, you cannot appear for PLAB exams before completing your medical college.

Step 1: IELTS

Clear your IELTS in the beginning of internship

Guidance for clearing IELTS can be found here : IELTS Preparation – The Ultimate Guide

Step 2: PLAB 1

Pass PLAB 1 during the duration of your internship.

Guidance on passing PLAB 1 can be found here : PLAB 1 Guidance

Step 3: PLAB 2

Pass your PLAB 2 as soon as you can after you pass your PLAB 1.

Guidance on passing PLAB 2 can be found here : PLAB 2 Guidance

Step 4: GMC registration

Apply for GMC registration and find a non-training job. Further guidance on GMC Registration can be found here : Link for further guidance on GMC Registration

Step 5: CREST Form

Work in your non training job and get the CREST form signed. CREST form is a document which confirms that you have the competencies similar to a U.K. trainee completing their foundation training.

You can find the link to the CREST form for 2021 training recruitment here : CREST form (2021)

Step 6: Apply for the desired training post

You can apply for the desired training post through the following link :


Pathway 2

This pathway is for doctors those who have passed royal college membership exams ( MRCP , MRCS, MRCOG etc. )

Step 1 : Pass the desired Royal college’s membership exam
Step 2: Apply for GMC registration and find a non-training job

You can find junior level or registrar level (if you are experienced ) jobs through :
NHS Jobs website

Step 3: Work in your non training job and get the CREST form signed

CREST form is a document which confirms that you have the competencies similar to a U.K. trainee completing their foundation training.

You can find the link to the CREST form for 2021 training recruitment here : CREST form (2021)

Step 4: Apply for the desired training post

You can apply for the desired training post through the following link :

Please note : If you have worked in a surgical post for the duration of 18 months in any country including the U.K., you cannot apply for Core Surgical Training. You will have to apply for ST3 level specialty training jobs for further training after getting the form for core surgical training competencies signed off .

Also note that : If you do not want to get into a training post at a junior level (CT/ST1)(do not want to repeat core training as you have already done that in your home country as MS or MD), you can start as a non-training registrar(a senior post ) and work up your way towards becoming a consultant via the CESR pathway.


Pathway 3 (MTI Pathway)

This pathway is for doctors who have completed post graduate training in their home country and want to work in the U.K. for a limited time, later on deciding whether they want to continue further or not.

Please follow the link given to know about this pathway : MTI pathway guidance

Understandably the process and paperwork can look rather daunting at first, but we have a dedicated Administration team to assist you.

Our team of specialised recruitment consultants can advise you on the best opportunities, hospitals and locations to enable a smooth pathway to achieve your dream of living and working in UK.

Please feel Free, to Contact Us to discuss your next career opportunity.

Visa requirements to work as an Overseas Doctor in the UK

Visa requirement

UK employers can employ non-UK and non-EU professionals such as doctors to fill vacancies which they cannot fill with UK and EU nationals. So, Non-UK and non-EU doctors need to apply for Tier 2 (General Visa) to work in the UK. After getting the Tier 2 visa they can practice as a doctor in the UK. Those who have ILR status in the UK don’t need to apply for any visa.

You need to meet the below conditions to be eligible to apply for a Tier 2 visa:

  • You must have a job offer from a UK employer.
  • You must be offered an appropriate salary.
  • The job offer made to you must meet the Resident Market Labor Test (RLMT) unless there are some exemptions available to it.
  • Your employer must be a licensed Tier 2 sponsor in the UK who then must offer you a certificate of sponsorship.
  • You must have personal savings to support yourself when you arrive in the UK.
  • You must meet the English language requirement.

If you are considering working in UK, Emanate Resourcing can help. Our team is on hand at every step of the process from supporting you with your registration, finding a job, to helping you settle in and work in UK.

Please feel Free, to Contact Us to discuss your next career opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions


Emanate Resourcing specialises in the recruitment of local & Overseas trained Doctor’s & Nurses

If you are looking for Doctor’s Jobs in the UK, we have a variety of Permanent & Locum Doctor Jobs available in the UK, in an extensive network of leading and reputable hospitals, surgeries and medical practices.

  • To find Doctor’s positions in the UK please view our Doctor’s Job Vacancies.
  • To know more about Overseas Doctor working in the UK , please refer to the Doctors moving to the UK.
  • If you have further questions or would like to access our Healthcare  Recruitment Services, please feel free to Contact Us.



Life in Australia: location, education & career opportunities


Location, education and cost of living

Australia offers a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, diverse landscapes, as well as tropical and temperate climates year-round. The main cities and large regional towns provide an abundance of sporting, art and cultural activities. Australia’s strong sporting and education culture makes it a fantastic place to raise children.


A melting pot of different cultures

The Australian culture has evolved into its own unique multi ethnic cultural mix with a population of around 24 million. Approximately 43% of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent who immigrated to Australia. The population spread is urbanised with 67% of people living in main metropolitan cities.


Education in Australia – it’s one of the best

The Australian education system is renowned for its high academic standards. The public school system is free to Australia citizens, permanent residents and those on long term work visas. The school year starts at 4 years of age and runs for 13 years divided into primary, secondary and senior secondary. Australian universities are recognised internationally as providing high quality education enticing many students relocate from all over the world to Australia to study.


Cost of living

The cost of living in Australia is higher than the USA and lower than the UK. Sydney, being its most expensive city, is up there with London and New York in terms of cost of housing and general living expenses. The other main centres of Australia are generally more affordable places to live and work. The average wage in Australia is $74,000 per year with a minimum wage of $19.49 per hour. Some figures show Australians earn 25% more than their British colleagues.


Public and private healthcare jobs for doctors

There is a great deal of opportunities for doctors to work permanently or locum in Australia. Australia offers medical specialists an interesting and diverse working environment, career development and excellent remuneration rewards. The positions available range in scope from large teaching hospitals to smaller community hospitals and private clinics.


Getting registered as a doctor in Australia

Doctors aiming to register and work unsupervised as a specialist in Australia must have completed the required training and assessment to gain fellowship with the appropriate Australasian college in their chosen specialty (ie: radiology, emergency medicine, general medicine, psychiatry). If you have trained in Australia or New Zealand the process is straightforward.


English language and training requirements

Doctors must also satisfy the English language and training requirements to register with the Medical Board of Australia and the overarching registration body AHPRA (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency):

The registration process for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) wanting to work in Australia is complex and different requirements apply to each individual college. Please contact us directly for further detail or check the college websites for more information about your eligibility and the registration process.


Australian immigration

International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) who gain registration with the Medical Board of Australia are eligible for skilled migrant visas and potentially Permanent residency with Australian Immigration. More information can be found here:


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To work as a doctor in the United Kingdom

To work as a doctor in the United Kingdom, all doctors must obtain registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and licence to practice. The exact requirements for registration will depend on several factors, like nationality, the country of your primary medical qualification and any postgraduate training.

The first step is checking that you possess an acceptable primary medical qualification to apply for registration. Find out about joining the GMC register.

As a rough guideline

  1. A valid and verified primary medical qualification:  Not sure whether your qualification is valid? Double check on General Medical Council website. An EEA country or Switzerland or non-EEA. It may require independent verification (via EPIC verification).
  2. English Language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening ability must be demonstrated. This is to ensure your patients’ wellbeing is not at risk. This can be demonstrated by passing IELTS/OETS (International English Language Testing System/Occupational English Test) Academic 7.5 or above or Medicine grade B
  3. Proof of Clinical Knowledge: PLAB, Postgraduate qualification, Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)  PLAB1 exam – This tests your medical ability. The PLAB1 is a 180 multiple choice paper involving clinical scenarios, which you are given 3 hours to complete. For more information about the PLAB1 and booking it, click here.
  4. PLAB2 exam: This is the 2nd part of the PLAB exams, and involves (with the requirement of a UK Visa) coming to the UK to sit. It is an in-person exam, and you are tested on your clinical skills. For more information about the PLAB2 and booking it, click here. For information on UK Visas for the PLAB2, click here.
  5. GMC Registration: Once you’ve passed your PLAB2, you can apply for a GMC license to practice in the UK.
  6. Evidence of Acceptable Internship: or two years of continuous work practice evidence after graduation
  7. 5-year activity record: medical work, clinical attachments, periods of unemployment or study leave
  8. Certificate of good standing: You will need to provide a certificate of good standing from each medical regulatory authority you’ve been registered or licensed with in the last five years. Each certificate is only valid for 3 months
  9. ID Check: Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to book an identity check within 6 months. This takes place in either Manchester or London. Guidelines on the identity checking process can change at any time due to Covid-19, please visit the GMC for the latest guidelines.
  10. Finding & Applying for a UK: On average, from completing your PLAB2 to getting a , it can take 2 months.


If you’re not a consultant and looking to work in the UK, we recommend applying first for a non-training role in at your grade (FY2, SHO or Registrar  depending on your seniority) before entering a training programme.

If you are a consultant, you can check your eligibility for getting a consultancy here.

The whole process can take between 1 to 3 months but you must allow yourself plenty of time to complete everything and adhere to any deadlines.
*If you wish to work in the UK as a General Practitioner (GP) then you must also join the GP register.


We do not charge Candidates a Fee for Job placement.

As your medical recruitment agent, we do not charge a fee for job placement, since we are paid directly by the employers or industry partners.
*Any fee for additional professional services that we may provide will be communicated in advance and and will proceed only after receiving a consent from you.
*We do charge a placement fee to medical centres when we fill positions.


Our Initial Consultation (15minutes) is always free

Any additional consultation time as needed will be a paid service & will be communicated to you.

From time to time we hold live events and Q& A sessions; do register & send us all relevant information, so we can send a Private Invite to such events.


Emanate Recruitment is different in many ways, including but not limited to the following:
  • We have doctors as founders & Board members to provide overall operational guidance.
  • We are part of a Health Group who own a growing Medical Practice Network
  • We have tied up with Immigration Law Firm for regulatory guidance.
  • We Focus only on Doctor’s & Nurses recruitment.

What’s involved in applying?

For Emanate to be of assistance, we request that you send us your details and CV by registering with us online.

This is the best way to give us the information we need to evaluate the level of assistance we are likely to be able to provide.

What should the CV include ?

We will assist you in securing your desired position across an extensive network of medical providers.

For the recruitment process to begin, you must send us your updated professional resume (CV).

Your CV must include the following:

  • Educational Qualifications
  • Duties and responsibilities of any past jobs you have held
  • Dates of employment (be specific)
  • How many hours per week you worked
  • 3 professional references (Telephone # & Email)

At Emanate, we understand the need to find a Job position that matches your preference, in the shortest time and prompt service.


We will not sell your information to third parties.

If you submit your CV & other Documents to us it will be reviewed by one of our recruitment specialists. Following that, it will be securely stored until needed as part of an application process.
*We will not share your CV to prospective employers without your approval.
* Refer to our privacy policy for more information.

Will my spouse or children be able to work?

Yes your spouse or children will be able to work.


All candidates are contacted immediately upon receipt of their registration by either email and/or telephone.

Following our initial contact, candidates are then emailed regularly regarding suitable positions.

Considering working as an Overseas Doctor in the UK ? Start your Journey Today !

We will assist Overseas Doctor's Live & Work in the UK

Emanate is a leading Doctor’s & Nurses recruitment agency, specializing in supporting Overseas trained Doctor’s & Nurses move & practice in UK. We work with many of the leading hospitals & health practices across UK &  will assist with every stage of the process. Be rest assured that your needs will be met & moving internationally will be as hassle-free as possible.

Experienced International Medical Recruitment Team You Can Trust

We believe in keeping things simple and are experts at providing friendly, professional support. We think you’ll find Emanate Resourcing a great resource for helping you move to UK.

Get in touch with one of our international medical recruitment specialists today. Whether you’re only thinking about moving or actively applying for Doctors jobs in the UK, we can assist you with every part of your journey.

We’ll Connect You with Doctor's Jobs in UK

We work with many of the leading healthcare groups in UK. We’ve developed great relationships with these group. Many jobs are directly posted on our Job Board. Throughout the process, we’ll provide you with practical advice specifically tailored to your individual circumstances. So, you’ll always feel supported during the crucial transition period.

GMC / NHS Applications Assistance

It can be confusing dealing with an unfamiliar overseas administrative system. We will organise your GMC registration and other necessary documentation. Simply give your documents to our local recruiter and we will take care of the rest..


Our Healthcare Recruitment Firm is with you every step of the recruitment process.

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Refer a Doctor & be rewarded with $$$

We are always looking assist Doctor’s connect with prospective employers and if you can help us find them, we will reward you with cash! All you need to do is introduce them to us.

When they take a Permanent or Locum position, we will reward you directly. There are no catches, secrets or complicated rules. It’s that simple!

Contact one of our Recruitment Specialist or submit your referral to get started.

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Our 5 Step Process

Finding your perfect job could not be easier.

Step 1 : Nice To Meet You

Apply for a Job, Subscribe for New Job Alerts, Upload your CV or contact us.

Step 2 : Consultation

We will schedule a consultation with a Medical recruiter to understand your professional background, your interests, concerns and what you’re looking for in your next job.

Our recruiter will spend time getting to know you and talking through your interest.

Step 3 : Expansive Employer Network

We will explore where it maybe be best for you and your family to live & work.

Our team will then compile a list of open jobs in our extensive network that matches your interest & skill set. We have a wide network of Healthcare Organizations in our Database & Partnered with many to fulfill ongoing demands.

Step 4 : Hiring Process

Sharing specific opportunities with you to evaluate and determine what is of interest. Once a job that is of interest is identified and you're feeling ready, Emanate Resourcing will then submit your information to the hiring manager & coordinate next steps (i.e. interview, contract negotiation, licensing, credentialing & more).

Step 5 : Interview & Selection

We'll arrange a job interview. Mostly these are face or recorded interview.

Once you have found your dream job, we will confirm your salary, benefits and expected start dates. Next our dedicated Immigration Law Firm will break down the visa process steps.

Follow Up's

Follow up with both yourself and the healthcare employer to make sure the process is moving smoothly and bottle necks are addressed in a timely manner.


Our Healthcare Recruitment Firm is with you every step of the recruitment process.

Engage with us today and see the difference

Taking the Hassle out of Medical Recruitment

Our Understanding of Healthcare Industry

Extensive List of Healthcare facilities & Medical Professionals

Expert Team who puts you First

97% Satisfaction

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