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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com and one of our team will be in touch.
TTM Healthcare are delighted to have picked up the award for the UK’s Specialist Recruitment Company of the Year at the 2017 Recruitment International Awards in London. The award was announced at a gala awards ceremony in London where the UK’s leading recruitment professionals gathered. This accolade recognises TTM’s award winning service to our clients and candidates which is reflected in our 95% client and 93% candidate retention rates. It also acknowledges our expert knowledge in the industry and our unique offering to our clients with innovative recruitment solutions. Commenting on the win, TTM CEO Brian Crowley said: “as a specialist healthcare recruiter, we are critically aware of our clients’ requirements for short-term, ground-breaking solutions as international healthcare recruitment continues to be a pressing need in the current geo-political landscape. This requires us to continually innovate, keeping our gaze forward so that we can continue to provide direct channels to leading healthcare roles for our candidates, and cultivate the finest talent pools from which our clients can choose.” Discover The Possibilities Explore how TTM Healthcare’s award-winning services can meet your recruitment needs: Call us on 020 7100 3232 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Company Bio TTM Healthcare is a specialist health and care recruitment company established in 2002. Now recruiting highly skilled medical professionals from all over the world, TTM has offices in London and Preston, as well as Ireland. A leading framework supplier to the National Health Service, TTM Healthcare was the ‘UK Recruitment Agency of the Year’ finalist (Recruiter Awards 2015), Public Sector Agency of the Year (Recruiter Awards 2016), and Professional Services Agency of the Year (Recruiter Awards 2016 & 2017). We are also proud to be recognised as a Recruitment International Top 500 company.
When’s the last time you took a long, hard look at the state of your CV? Most of us generally only dig it out at the last minute on the verge of an application deadline for a new job, leaving us little or no time to give it a thorough overhaul. Whether or not you’re on the hunt for pastures greener, we recommend blowing the dust off and following some of our key tips for polishing up a winning healthcare CV. Who knows when you’ll need it next! Fresh Eyes – Take your current ‘masterpiece’ and look at it anew, this time from the perspective of a potential employer. Would you hire you? Have you managed to grab your own attention on the first page? What would set you apart from another candidate? 2. Clean Design – It is possible for a CV to be detailed and comprehensive whilst also being clean and simple. Using a cleverly designed template will help you to achieve this. With a multitude of attractive templates to choose from online, many designed especially for healthcare professionals, you have no excuse for submitting an unengaging word version that will hardly help you stand out from the crowd. Avoid wildly colourful or overly complicated templates, however, that might be suitable for other professions – use common sense here. 3. Out with the Old – Everyone knows it, but it’s worth repeating: Tailor your CV to the role for which you are applying. There’s no need to include every professional position all the way back to your first summer job as a student – keep it current and relevant. This includes scanning it for out-of-date skills or software that may no longer be of interest. 4. Blow your Trumpet – Just this once, it’s okay. What’s the point of a CV if not to highlight your personal bests and elevate you above your competition? Make sure you weave some of these into the first page of your CV. Pepper your professional background with facts, figures, and achievements. It shouldn’t be a dull chronology of previous employments - you want that recruiter to flip to page 2. 5. Highlight Your Healthcare Strengths – Consider the common attributes for healthcare professionals: caring; compassion; working as part of a team; good communicator; leadership. Don’t forget to frame your CV to highlight these characteristics which are so intrinsic to any healthcare role. 6. Healthcare Terminology – Candidates often deliberately avoid using healthcare jargon on their CV. Why? You’re applying for a healthcare position. If it’s relevant, use it. 7. The Social You – Include a link to your LinkedIn profile, as it allows an interested recruiter to delve a little deeper, read any publications you might have, and view recommendations from previous employers and colleagues. Tread carefully if you are including links to other social networks, such as Twitter, etc. – advisable only if your activity is relevant to your work. 8. Get the Basics Right – It’s surprising the amount of people who get the small but essential details of a CV wrong: Name and address should be front and centre Include a phone number and email address Include a physical address 9. Proof is in the Pudding - Here you are selling your attention to detail and love of precision, and your CV is littered with typos, awkward phrasing, and dodgy formatting – take our advice and ask a colleague or two to proof-read it before you submit that application. You can thank us later! 10. A Killer Cover Letter – What’s a winning CV without a cover letter to catch the recruiter’s undivided attention. Read our tips on how to write a cover letter that will blow the competition away. Even with plentiful jobs in the healthcare industry these days, there’s no reason not to set out your stall in the best way possible with a CV that will give your application a leading edge. All that’s left for us to say is good luck with your next career move! See yourself in a new role with Ireland’s leading healthcare recruiter? Contact us today to hear about our current career opportunities! Writer Evelyn Moriarty, Content Specialist Evelyn Moriarty is a Content Specialist at TTM Healthcare, based in at our Irish headquarters. Joining the company in 2016, Evelyn specialises in both on and offline content creation for the health and social care market. Company Bio TTM Healthcare is a specialist health and care recruitment company established by Brian Crowley in Ennis, Co. Clare in 2002. Now recruiting highly skilled medical professionals from all over the world, TTM has offices in Ennis, Dublin and the UK. Selected as Ireland’s No 1 Healthcare Agency by the National Recruitment Federation, TTM is also the UK’s Recruiter Awards Public Sector Agency (2016) and Professional Services Agency of the Year (2016 & 2017), as well as a Gold Standard Deloitte Best Managed Company (2016 & 2017.)
The shape of the workforce is shifting. By now, any healthcare professional is well aware of the myriad challenges faced by the NHS and its employees across the UK, as new findings and problems surface with each day that passes: the EU nursing shortage; public sector pay caps; poor workforce planning; UK nurses and midwives abandoning their roles, the list goes on. In Leeds, a number of trusts and CGCs are joining forces to take a proactive step towards addressing their own short-term vacancies. A Five Year Plan Currently in the early stages of development, their joint project involves a five-year plan to attract and retain nurses across the county, and proposes nurses working together across multiple providers in the future. Set up 18 months ago to explore solutions to the ongoing nursing shortage, the group includes the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, Leeds & York Partnership Foundation Trust, along with three CGCs. Proposed collaborations would include community nurses integrated with practice nurses to support care closer to home, and mental health working with the acute trust. “We are trying to reduce the number of unnecessary admissions to hospital and ensure safer and faster discharge – that might mean nurses starting to work in different environments.” Flexibility As the Way Forward Also under consideration are proposals for staff to work flexibly across organisational boundaries. Claire Linley, Lead Nursing Officer at the three CGCs said: “There will be issues in terms of governance to look at and we are still working our way through those, and will do so to a greater extent as the direction of travel becomes clear.” With collective research clearly demonstrating that healthcare professionals are opting for roles which will provide a greater work-life balance, flexibility ought to be a key factor in future workforce planning. A recent report by the Nuffield Trust entitled Reshaping the Workforce has emphasised the need for new and extended roles in the NHS and calls on “active support from national bodies for managers to shape their workforce in a way which enable[s] optimal delivery of care in a changing and challenging environment.” This collaborative initiative by the Leeds Trusts is encouraging – a proactive approach to dealing with our ongoing short-term nursing gap, which should serve to inspire healthcare trusts across the UK. Solutions that Work As the nursing shortage persists, TTM Healthcare is committed to partnering with trusts to provide short and long-term staffing solutions. We offer trusts the ability to source from local, pan-European and global talent pools to ensure they continue to have access to highly qualified healthcare professionals. Contact us for further information on how we can help you now. Writer Evelyn Moriarty, Content Specialist Evelyn Moriarty is a Content Specialist at TTM Healthcare, based in at our Irish headquarters. Joining the company in 2016, Evelyn specialises in both on and offline content creation for the health and social care market. Company Bio TTM Healthcare is a specialist health and care recruitment company established in 2002. Now recruiting highly skilled medical professionals from all over the world, TTM has offices in London and Preston, as well as Ireland. A leading framework supplier to the National Health Service, TTM Healthcare was the ‘UK Recruitment Agency of the Year’ finalist (Recruiter Awards 2015), Public Sector Agency of the Year (Recruiter Awards 2016) and ‘Professional Services Agency of the Year’ (Recruiter Awards 2016 & 2017). We are also proud to be recognised as a Recruitment International Top 500 company.