To practice medicine in the UK, you must be registered and have a license to practice, a license allows you to do things like prescribe medicine and treat patients, if you do have a license, you must also demonstrate that your knowledge and skills are up to date by undergoing regular checks on your practice, a process which is known as revalidation.
The UK welcome doctors at varying stages of their career, please note GMC registration is required of you. You will need to have passed all the relevant examinations that include a recognised overseas medical qualification. Your primary medical degree will need to be found on the ‘World Directory of Primary Medical Qualifications’.
As part of your Primary Medical Qualification, you will be required to have completed at least 12 months of medical practice in an acceptable training post in a public hospital, this must include at least 3 months in surgery and three months in medicine.
The OET test is recommended, however it is expensive and does have a higher pass rate as it is designed for medical professionals specifically. Whichever route you take please note they must both be completed within the last 2 years prior to your application. It is also very important to know that either qualification is needed to sit your PLAB test. However, if you have already gained a Postgraduate Qualification, for example MRCP or you are working towards one, you are able to sit your English Language test at any time.
Before you apply for your GMC Registration, it is important you obtain the relevant documents to support your application.
Once all above have been completed and obtained you will need to register for the GMC online, you can do this by going to ‘my registration and start application’ it will then ask you to provide evidence of all above. If you obtained your Primary Medical Qualification within the last 5 years your registration fee will be £156.00, however if you are not a newly qualified doctor and therefor obtained you primary medical qualification prior to the last 5 years the fee is £406.00.
After sending all your relevant documents, you will then be invited via the GMC online portal to an ID check at one of the GMC office in wither London or Manchester.
When the GMC emails your inviting you to your ID check, they may also provide you with a list of documents you must take along with you. Photocopies will be made and then they will return your original documents.
At your ID check the officer will:
You will need to sign up to the GMC online this is a personalised portal for all doctors who want to become GMC registered, once you have created account you will then need to click on ‘ My registration’, once you have done this click on ‘My applications’ and follow the instructions on the screen
You will then be asked to fill out the GMC Registration form, this has 8 sections to complete:
After you have filled the above form and made the payment you will receive an email from the GMC asking you ton provide the following documents in one collated PDF document
If you do not upload these documents within 28 days your application will be closed and you will be refunded your application fee, this means you will have to restart the process again from start.
After you have uploaded your documents to the GMC, they will the process your application, if you are missing any evidence, they will contact you asking you to provide this, you will be given a timeframe to upload the missing documents so please note this time frame. Once they have received al the correct evidence they will then decide on your application. If it is accepted, you will then be asked to attend an ID check in the UK.