General Medical Council Registration Process

All doctors wanting to practice medicine in the UK need to be registered and licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC). 

Full GMC registration, with a licence to practice, enables doctors to work in any medical setting in the UK. Doctors must however, also hold specialist registration to take up a consultant post (other than a locum consultant post) in the NHS.

You will need to provide evidence of your medical education and experience to support your application for GMC registration. To complete the process, you will need to visit the GMC office in person to undergo an identity check. A photograph will be taken of you and this will be made available to your employer to confirm your identity. 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Non UK applicants applying for registration must satisfy the GMC that they have the necessary knowledge and understanding of English. You will be required to prove that you’ve taken the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieved an overall score of 7.5, with minimum scores of 7 in speaking, listening, reading and writing. IELTS scores are valid for two years.

PLAB (Professional and Linguistics Assessments Board)

The GMC uses the PLAB test to ensure that international (non EU) doctors have the basic medical competence and communication skills to practice in the United Kingdom. Doctors wishing to take the PLAB test must first have successfully completed the IELTS. The first part of the PLAB can be taken in various countries throughout the world but the second part must be taken in Manchester, UK. 

Acceptable postgraduate qualifications

Doctors may be exempt from PLAB requirements if they have completed a recognised postgraduate qualification in the UK or overseas that the GMC accepts as providing sufficient evidence of a doctor’s knowledge and skill eg MRCP, MCEM, FRCPath.

Job offers

TTM Healthcare works with many NHS Trusts and private hospitals and can arrange face to face, telephone and skype interviews for doctors. Our clients prefer to interview doctors who have completed GMC Registration having met IELTS and PLAB requirements, or are exempt from PLAB requirements because of their postgraduate qualifications. However, many employers will interview doctors that haven’t completed GMC Registration as long as the doctor makes a commitment to clear necessary requirements within a stipulated time frame. Generally, a doctor is given 3-6 months to complete the registration process.

We encourage doctors interested in living and working in the UK to meet their IELTS and PLAB requirements or complete their acceptable postgraduate qualifications as soon as possible to increase their chances of selection. Clients are more inclined to offer jobs to candidates who can commence work within a few months. 

Contact the TTM Doctors Team:

For further information about medical opportunities in the UK, please call the UK Medical Team on 0203 582 1408 or send an updated CV to ukmedical@ttmhealthcare.com and one of our team will be in touch.

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