Medical guidance and advice


Medical Careers in Wales

If you have any questions please use the form at the bottom of this page. Please complete as many of the fields as possible. The more information you give us, the more specific advice and information we will be able to give you.

Information for overseas applicants

If you do not have GMC registration:

  • Information on registration with the General Medical Council on their website
  • Information on visa / entry requirements for the UK are available from the Home Office 
  • You may also wish to consider the Medical Training Initiatives (MTI) being organised by the Medical Royal Colleges 

If you are GMC registered and seeking jobs:

All posts are appointed to in open competition. This means that they are advertised and must be applied for by following the given instructions. Most posts are advertised via the NHS Jobs website  and some in British Medical Journal Careers. Types of post available for GMC registered doctors include:

  • Locum posts, either advertised via agencies or the NHS jobs website.
  • LAS (Locum Appointment for Service) posts, which are generally for a few months and are advertised through NHS Jobs.
  • The NHS jobs site now has links to information specifically geared to help overseas doctors find employment in the UK and short-cuts to help you find posts which are particularly suitable or which fall under the Tier 2 Migrant Scheme: 
    • NHS Jobs
    • NHS Jobs - applying from overseas
  • If you have provisional registration and have not worked as a doctor in the UK, you can apply to enter the two year UK Foundation programme in open competition, subject to eligibility. You would need to make an application to the UK Foundation programme Office to establish eligibility, normally during the summer preceding that year’s recruitment round. Details of the process for each year can be found on their website.
  • If you have full GMC registration you could apply to standalone Foundation posts, which are locum jobs for up to a year to cover an unplanned vacancy in a Foundation training programme. These posts may not in themselves be approved for training but can be a helpful introduction to the NHS at a basic (i.e. PRHO/early SHO) level. They comprise up to 3 x 4-month rotations in different specialties and access to assessment and evidence opportunities to help complete a portfolio of evidence for submission to the GMC for registration. They become available on an ad-hoc basis and are normally advertised on NHS Jobs.
  • Whilst Foundation posts are an attractive option, they may be harder to come by in the future.

Applying for specialty training posts

Many international graduates hope at some stage to apply to specialty training in the UK, subject to eligibility.

You would also need to show evidence of Foundation Level Competencies. Whilst it is not essential to have completed the full Foundation Training Programme, it is essential that you can demonstrate that you have gained experience and evidence which are equivalent to those outlined in the Foundation Programme Curriculum. Go to the UK Foundation Programme website 

This gives information on:

  • The Curriculum and required competencies
  • The Foundation Portfolio (you could tailor your existing portfolio to match this)
  • The types of assessment evidence that should be included.

If you have taken up a Foundation post which is not approved as a training post, you can still use the opportunity to build up a portfolio and complete some of the work-based assessments which the trainees are doing.

If you don’t already have a portfolio of career achievement, you should use a lever-arch file, with clear indexing, to collect and present all your certificates, achievements and evidence of work-based assessments. There are several useful articles about creating and presenting portfolios in BMJ careers online. 

A local Foundation Programme Director or an Educational Supervisor would be able to guide you in building up your evidence and completing a form or verifying evidence to confirm that you have achieved the necessary competencies. You will need to include this as part of a specialty training application. There is no single standard form for this but there will be processes and procedures in place for different specialties.

You should therefore check the applicant guidelines for the recruiting specialty to see what is required e.g. for Core Medical Training posts, there are Certificate A or B forms with full details on completion within the applicant guidelines.

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