In order to work as a doctor in the UK, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Verify your eligibility: Ensure that you meet the necessary requirements to practice medicine in the UK. Generally, this includes having completed a medical degree program, passing professional exams, and having the necessary language proficiency.
  2. Registration with the General Medical Council (GMC): All doctors in the UK must be registered with the GMC, which is the regulatory body for medical professionals. We support candidates in this process by offering one to one support.
  3. Pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test: If you acquired your medical degree outside the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to pass the PLAB test. This test evaluates the knowledge and skills necessary to practice medicine in the UK safely. It consists of two parts: Part 1, which is multiple-choice, and Part 2, which assesses your clinical skills. Passing both parts is necessary for registration with the GMC.
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Earlier, the GMC announced that PLAB would be substituted by the UKMLA by 2024. However, they have now clarified that PLAB will retain its name, but the content will align with the blueprint of the UKMLA. From a practical standpoint, they state that the exam will remain largely unaltered. As per the existing EU trade regulations, graduates from the EU will still be exempt from taking PLAB, but it is important to note that this exemption might be altered in due course.


  1. Obtain a job offer: Research and apply for medical job vacancies in the UK. Check reputable job websites, contact NHS (National Health Service) hospitals and clinics. Secure a job offer and ensure that the employer is willing to sponsor your visa.
  2. Apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa: If you are a non-EEA doctor, you will need a Tier 2 (General) visa to work in the UK. Your employer should provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to support your visa application. Ensure that you meet the visa requirements, which include English language proficiency, maintenance funds, and a salary that meets the minimum threshold. Submit your visa application through the UK Visas and Immigration website.
  3. Attend an induction program: Once you have secured your job and visa, you will likely attend an induction program at your new workplace. This program will familiarise you with the healthcare system, policies, procedures, and ethical guidelines in the UK.
  4. Start working as a doctor: After completing the necessary registration, obtaining a job offer, and having the required visa, you can start working as a doctor in the UK. Make sure to maintain your registration with the GMC and continue your professional development through courses, training, and assessments required by your specialty or employer.

Please note that this information provides a general overview only. It is advisable to consult with one of our experienced team who have gone through the process previously and can provide you with 1:1 support.