The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has launched a new guide for overseas doctors who want to move to the UK and work in general practice.
The guide: 'Living and working in the UK as a GP: a guide for overseas doctors and their families' was developed in conjunction with the General Medical Council (GMC), the British Medical Council (BMA) and the National Health Service (NHS) and is designed for doctors who have never worked in the United Kingdom as a General Practitioner.
According to the RCGP, the new guide is available on its website and is aimed at making overseas doctors more comfortable working in the UK. The guide is divided into different sections which includes information about the:
It also includes information on the British landscape, and also practical advice for someone moving to another country, such as how to go about opening a UK bank account or obtaining a driving license.
The guide’s publication follows a recent announcement from NHS England that it would recruit 2,000-3,000 overseas doctors to join the GP workforce by 2020.
This new guide is for family doctors who have never worked in the UK as a GP, including doctors from the UK who have done their speciality training from abroad. It aims to help you to make an informed decision about whether living and working in the UK as a GP is right for you, and to help you understand what is involved.
The chair of the RCGP, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said that the workload in general practice has increased 16 per cent over the last 7 years, but the investment in GP service has declined over the last decade, and the GP workforce has not risen at pace with demand.
She further added that the new guide will be an invaluable resource for doctors looking to live and work in the UK to support NHS to deliver care to over one million patients a day.
The chair of the GMC, Professor Terence Stephenson said that the new informative guide helps doctors and their families learn more about life in the UK, and provides them support to help them make the move as smooth as possible.
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