27th November 2017

GMC Registration to Practice Medicine in The UK

GMC Registration to Practice Medicine in The UK


Medical professionals around globe to be employed in the UK for a permanent, temporary or a locum position must register with the General Medical Council (GMC). Professional Locum agency support all validated locum doctors with sufficient documents and obligatory procedures to work in the UK. All locum agencies will be able to find the best job available when you are fully registered to the UK.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) doctors can apply for following types of registration with a license to practice.

  • Specialist Registration
  • Provisional Registration
  • Full registration (applicable, if you have done an internship overseas or in the UK)
  • General Practitioners Registration

Eligibility Criteria for GMC Registration:

International Medical Graduates (IMG)’s eligibility criterion for GMC registration depends on their nationality and the medical institution, where they acquired their primary medical qualifications. Your additional experience, professional achievements and certificates hold a solid base for GMC certification.

A GMC certification is obligatory for anyone who involves in selling and prescribing medicinal drugs, signing death/birth certificates and while applying for a doctor’s position in healthcare industry mainly the NHS in the UK.

GMC has provided different levels of registration depending on the medical qualifications and relevant experience. Those different levels are provisional registration, full registration, temporary full registration, specialist registration and GP registration.

Provisional Registration

IMG’s are eligible for provisional registration if they have cleared PLAB assessment, primary medical qualifications and haven’t completed an acceptable internship program. This registration enables you to participate and complete your internship program in Foundation Year 1. This program is 12 months long and applicable for a single time only. A doctor can hold a provisional registration for maximum to 3 years and 30 days. Graduates from the UK’s medical facilities can apply for F1 service too.

Full Registration

UK universities’ medical graduates automatically qualify for the full GMC registration. Along with it doctors who acquired their medical qualifications from EEA member state or those with EC rights also qualify for the full registration.

IMG’s from countries like Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore & Malaysia are also qualified for the registration. Doctors who worked for a period of time without supervision can also apply for full registration. GMC has provided a set of eligibility criteria for them as well.

Specialist Registration

There is strict screening procedure for specialist registration. Specialist doctor need to apply on to Specialist Register and met all criteria set by the legislation. Specialist Register is more of an appointment, as a consultant in the NHS. They must complete a formal specialist training from UK’s university or Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) or Specialist Training Board (STE) while applying for the registration.

These candidates and doctors from EEA countries who are qualified in specialised medicine from a recognized institution will follow the assessment of the specialist training undertaken to show their qualifications for the registration.

GP Registration

GP Registration is for those doctors who want to practice GP professionally. They need to provide full personal and professional details in a form named as GMS1. All doctors working as a GP other than doctors in training (GP registrar) are required to be on the GO Register.

To get registered as a GP, a doctor must:

  • Hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in GP
  • Be a nationals of EEA, the UK or have the EC rights and hold GP qualifications
  • Right to practice as a GP in the UK

iSpecialist Recruitment is a London based medical recruitment agency. If you are interested to get registered to the General Medical Council and practice medicine in the UK, we can help you. Feel free to contact us, for any query regarding the registration and your recruitment solutions.