About international GP recruitment
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.
International Recruitment to posts and Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship
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.
A sponsorship licence lasts for 4 years and the application process takes approximately 45 minutes once you have gathered the required paperwork together. The IGPR team is 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.