It is essential for any doctors working in the UK to hold medical registration (General or Specialist) and a license to practise. There are record numbers of GMC applications in the UK with many international doctors preparing to start the process.
I have doctors asking me when they should begin the application for GMC registration. Should I wait for a job offer or start the application straight away? There are pros and cons to both and I will give you some insight into both scenarios to give you an idea of what is best for you.
I am an international doctor looking to work in the UK, should I wait for a job offer before starting my GMC registration?
The GMC registration process is known for being time-consuming and complicated so it’s understandable that you may be tempted to start the application process immediately. However, there are benefits to waiting until you find your ideal role in the UK.
Everyone has different circumstances to consider before relocating – the country you are in, your family, the time you have, your aspirations and what suitable roles are available in the UK currently.
Some employers have a grace period of up to 6 months for you to gain your GMC registration before commencing work. This can be beneficial as you will be able to concentrate on the process of moving you and your family and finding accommodation. Once you are settled, you can begin the potentially lengthy application process.
How long does it take to get GMC registration?
The GMC is approving most applications within 4-12 weeks so it could be well worth trying to find a job first.
But what if I want to start the GMC registration process as soon as possible?
If you have the time, obtaining your GMC registration before receiving a job offer could mean more opportunities in the UK would be open to you. NHS trusts receive hundreds of CVs for their posts and if UK experience is not evident or there is no GMC number, the chances of your CV not being considered are much higher
The GMC will need to see documented evidence of your international experience and training that runs in parallel with the training and experience of a UK doctor. This includes verifying your primary medical degree, internships, speciality practice and all supervisions. The GMC registration process is so variable, and no 2 registrations are the same that there are many different articles to be found online.
The internet can be a maze of digital information and it can get confusing so if you’re an international doctor and would like to speak to someone about any queries you may have, advice on your CV or anything else related to your move to the UK, please get in touch.