All doctors intending to practise medicine in the UK are required to be registered with the GMC.
Doctors who have never been registered with the GMC will have to apply for registration with a licence to practise. They will not be able to apply for registration without a licence.
The requirements for registration in the UK will depend on a number of factors:
- Your nationality
- The country in which you gained your primary medical qualification
- The type of work you want to do
- Whether or not you have completed a period of post-graduate training or an internship.
First you should check that you possess an acceptable primary medical qualification to apply for registration. If you are in any doubt you should check your qualifications status with the GMC.
In addition, international medical graduates (IMGs) will be required to demonstrate their medical knowledge and skills, and all applicants may have to demonstrate they are competent in using the English language before they are registered. NHS Employers has published a helpful guide for IMGs on its website.
Being registered with the GMC does not guarantee that you will find employment within the UK.
LUHFT runs an enhanced induction for IMGs to support successful applicants into work.