About international GP recruitment

The NHS in England is recruiting at least 2,000 suitably qualified overseas doctors into GP practices by 2020.

This is an exciting time to work in general practice in England as a family doctor or general practitioner (GP). By joining over 41,000 GPs currently working in England, many from overseas, you can enjoy a rewarding and varied career that offers unrivalled flexibility, with the option to fit the job around other major commitments, such as having a family.

It also gives you the opportunity to practise in an area of England of your choice, and to decide to be wholly a generalist or to develop skills in a specific area as a GP with a special interest. More information is available here

For information on the local recruitment scheme aimed at recruiting international GPs to work within the Norfolk and Waveney area click here

International Recruitment to posts and Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship - funding available until end of January 2020 

The local International GP Recruitment (IGPR) Team have been working with practices across the STP over the last 9 months to support practices through the process to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship which in turn enables recruitment of non EEA nationals either through recruiting qualifying GP Registrars or through general vacancy advertisements for clinical roles.

NHSE have now advised that the reimbursement of the sponsorship practice application costs will only be available for applications made prior to the end of January 2020. We would therefore like to encourage all practices across the STP to take advantage of this offer before it ends as the sponsorship licence lasts for up to 4 years so whilst it may not be required immediately it might be of use in the future.

The application process takes approximately 45 minutes once you have gathered the required paperwork together and the IGPR are happy to visit the practice and talk you through the process and/or they have some informative documents they could send you detailing the process. In addition NHSE are also currently reimbursing elements of the costs incurred by the Tier 2 visa applicant.

Good News: General Practice Clinicians have now been added to the “Shortage Occupation List” which negates the need to complete a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) when looking to employ a GP who would require a Tier2 Visa. This also means that here is no cap on the volume of GP’s that can enter the country each month from non EU countries.

Should you/your practice wish to progress with either a new, or already underway, Tier 2 sponsorship application then please do not hesitate to contact the IGPR Team through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information can be found here