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Working in the NHS: Terms and Conditions

The conditions of private sector positions vary greatly but the NHS (National Health Service) has strictly regulated work conditions. Here are a few of the most FAQ's explained.

Salaries vary according to the position and experience. If you want to know more about it you can go here.

Entitlement to annual leave is at the following rates per year, exclusive of public holidays and extra statutory days: Six weeks up to seven years as consultant or six weeks + 2 days for seven years or more as consultant.

Entitlement to ten days public holidays (including the two statutory days) to be taken in accordance with Section 2 of the General Council Conditions of Service or days in lieu thereof.

There is a sick pay scheme, the period of payment is made depending on the length of NHS service. The minimum is 1 months’ full pay and 2 months’ half pay; the maximum is 6 months’ full pay and 6 months’ half pay.

Guidelines for study leave for Consultants and other medical staff: study leave may be granted within a maximum of 30 days within any period of 3 years.

Consultants are required to reside within a distance of 30 minutes, or ten miles by road, from their principal place of work, unless their employing organisation agrees that they may reside at a greater distance. Where such permission is granted, and where a consultant is required to participate in an on-call commitment, they will make provision to be at 30 minutes notice to return to the hospital during such periods of on-call. This will be at the individual’s own expense.

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Registering with the GMC

The General Medical Council is the regulatory board for all doctors; without completing your registration you will not be able to legally practice in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and also Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey).

If you are a doctor trained in any European Union country, registration can be done in 5 simple steps!

1 –  You will need to first apply online on the GMC website.

You can start here if you wish to read the detailed instructions for each step given by the GMC. Answer the questions by clicking on the appropriate link and this will guide you to your detailed instructions. If you are a doctor from a country inside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, with your medical degree finished as well as your internship, you can go directly to this page.

2 –  Create an account, log in and pay your fees.

Once you have completed your online application you will need to pay a fee for full registration with a licence to practise. You will not be able to submit your application without paying the fee. However, you can save your application and come back to it later if you need to.

There are two possible fees. The first one is applicable if you were previously registered, had a provisional license or the doctors who have finished their degree in the last 2 years. They will need to pay 185 €. If you do not apply to any of these, the fee will be 390€.

3 –  Compile all the required documents.

Once you have paid the fee you can finnish your online application. Once this is received they will send you an email asking you to send photocopies and translations of the following documents:

  • Proof of Identity (passport or ID card)
  • Evidence of Qualifications. This includes your European primary qualification and, if appropriate, your licence to practise. Depending on your country this documents may vary. You can access here to your country’s more detailed web page.
  • Evidence of your Specialist or GP (General practitioner) training (if applicable). You will not be able to be make your application for entry onto the GP/Specialist Register before you are fully registered with the GMC.
  • You will need to submit a Certificate of Good Standing (CGS) from each of the medical regulatory authorities where you have been registered or licensed in the last 5 years. The regulatory board that is to issue this document is the same that has to issue the evidence of qualification. CGS are only valid for three months from the date that they are issued and must be valid on the date that the application is approved.
  • Details of all of your work experience from the last five years both medical and non-medical. You must provide a reference from each employer. Each letter must be on letter-headed paper and signed and dated by a person in authority confirming the dates of your employment and that there we no matters that call into question your good standing. The signatory must state their position in the organisation. It must be issued in the last 3 months as well.
  • While completing the first application some questions about yourfitness to practice will have to be answered. Depending on your answers to these questions, you may need to provide more evidence to support your application.

Please note that certifications of copies and translations can only be done by lawyers, solicitors or public notaries!

4 – Attend an identity check.

When you have submitted your details on GMC Online, your application will be assessed. Once your qualification is recognised, you will receive an email to invite you to book an identity check at the London or Manchester offices. When you attend, they will take your photograph andinspect the original documents that you provide in support of your application. You will need to attend this identity check within three months of your application being approved. If you do not, they will not be able to grant your registration with a licence to practise.

5 – Your application will then be assessed.

This process is normally done immediately, but if the Registration Directorate is busy they will get back to you in 5 working days.

That’s it! After this you will be able to work as a doctor in the UK. If you want to make sure that the registration is in effect you can look for yourself in the List of Medical Registered Practitioners.

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Before you can work in the UK you will need to complete the IELTS Academic test in order to be able to register with the GMC.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of those who wish to study or work in environments where English is used as the language of communication.

In order to register with the NMC you must first complete the IELTS Academic test.

The test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes and is split into four parts – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You must achieve an overall score of 7.5 in the IELTS Academic test. You must achieve no less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

IELTS are available in over 1,000 locations.

Visit this link to find an IELTs test centre close to you. 

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Refer a friend


Do you know anyone looking to work as a Doctor in the United Kingdom?  

Put them in touch with us and after four weeks into their first permanent placement through Tectonica we’ll pay you EUR200.

The more friends you refer the more you earn!

There is no limit to the number of colleagues you can recommend, so simply fill out the form with your details and a Tectonica representative will be in touch shortly.

Conditions for Referral: 

Candidate must be successfully hired for the job and must complete a minimum of 4 weeks.

All services provided to candidates are free of charge!

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Useful Acronyms 

ALS:  Advanced Life Support 

ATLS:  Advanced Trauma Life Support 

BSc:  Bachelor of Science 

CESR:  Certificates of Eligibility for Specialist Registration 

CCST:  Certificate Completion of Specialist Training 

CCT:  Certificate Completion of Training 

CGS:  Certificate of Good Standing 

CME:  Continuing Medical Educatio 

CPD:   Continual Professional Development 

CPR: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 

EPLS:  European Paediatric Life Support 

FRCpath: Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists 

FRCR:  Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists 

FRCS:  Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons

GIM: General Internal Medicine 

GMC: General Medical Council 

GP:  General Practitioner 

LMRP:  List of Medical Registered Practitioners 

MBBS:  Medicine Bachelor and Bachelor of Surgery 

Mb Chb:  Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 

MD: Medical Doctor 

MRCGP: Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners 

MRCP:  Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

MRCS: Member of the Royal College of Surgeons 

MSc: Masters in Science

NHS: National Health Service 

PA:  Programmed Activity 

PRHO:  Pre-Registration House Officer 

SHO: Senior House Officer 

StR/SpR:  Specialist Registrar


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