The Republic of Ireland is a fantastic and welcoming country to live and work in. As part of the European Union there is a diverse population and the healthcare teams are very supportive of overseas Doctors joining the teams. Our team supports hospital Doctors (Consultant level only) to work in Ireland on a fixed term contract basis (usually 6 or 12-month contracts), and in some services we also supply short term agency locums.
If you hold European specialist training, then we can assist you with the medical registration process and support you in choosing the most suitable opportunity in Ireland. Internationally trained doctors have a more complex registration process which may include examinations and we would recommend you research this fully, including costs.
Salaries in Ireland are very competitive, alongside a generous annual leave and study leave policy.
Ireland offers a high standard of living and excellent state schooling; private schools are also available. Opportunities are available in cities such as Cork, Dublin or Galway, or you can opt for a more rural location such as Donegal, Wexford or Mayo. We are experienced in helping Doctors relocate to Ireland, often with children, and can support you throughout the full process.
What do I need to work as a doctor in Ireland?
All doctors intending to practice medicine in Ireland are required to be registered with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).
To register with the IMC for the first time you will need a medical licence and recognised qualifications. Head Medical only recruit to Consultant level positions in Ireland at present.
What qualifications do I need to have to be eligible for IMC registration?
You must have an acceptable primary medical qualification and post graduate qualification.
Dependent on the country in which you obtained your qualification, these qualifications may either be mutually recognised or need an assessment of the qualification under the general system.
Do I need any language qualifications?
To work in Ireland you must be able to communicate clearly in English with patients and colleagues. Depending on your home country, you may need to gain the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) qualification including speaking, reading, writing and listening.
If any of your required documents are not in English, you must obtain English translations and submit these along with the originals.
Immigration and Visas
Do I need a visa?
If you are from an EEA or EU country you do not need a visa to visit or work in Ireland. If you not an EEA national then you will need a visa and work permit.
Do I need a medical exam as part of this process?
You will be required to complete an Occupational Health Screening Questionnaire prior to starting employment.
Police clearance certificates will be required from all countries where you have lived for over 6 months, since birth.