As it’s a new year and a new decade, we’re kicking 2020 off by sharing our top twenty videos and blogs from 2019. We’ve specifically chosen the articles that you found the most helpful, and that we hope you continue to refer to as we venture into a brand new year. So, if you’re planning to relocate to the UK in 2020, you might want to check out our top twenty posts from 2019.
2019 was a busy year for our YouTube channel, we managed to put out an amazing 54 videos for you all, covering a wide variety of topics from GMC registration advice to information on securing the perfect NHS job. It was quite the task to narrow it down to only ten, but here were your top ten favourite videos we shared in 2019.
10. NHS Interviews – In tenth position was our video on NHS interviews in which we explained the format of NHS interviews, the most successful ways to prepare for an interview, how to use Skype, and offer letters. This one will still be handy for any doctors embarking on interviews in 2020!
9. IELTS UKVI v UKNARIC – This video explored the differences between the English language exams that can be used for GMC registration and also for your Tier 2 Visa application. There is a particular focus on IELTS UKVI, IELTS Academic and UKNARIC in this video. It is important to mention that when this vlog was recorded, OET was not yet accepted for Tier 2 Visa applications; however, as of October 1st 2019, you can now use OET for your Tier 2 Visa application.
8. How to Write an NHS Medical CV – In this video, we talked through the do’s and don’ts of writing a good NHS medical CV, and the importance of ensuring that your CV is of a high quality and how this can help you to secure a job in the UK. If you’re hoping to make some applications in 2020, we would recommend having a watch of this one.
7. Types of NHS Jobs and UK Relocation Myths – We debunked some common UK relocation myths in this video, such as the misconception that only university teaching hospitals offer training to doctors (not true!). We also described some of the different jobs that international doctors can secure within the NHS.
6. PLAB v Postgraduate Qualification – A question on the minds of many IMGs is whether they should embark on completing PLAB or a postgraduate qualification in order to obtain GMC registration. In this video, we explained the advantages and disadvantages of both, as well as some tips on how you can utilise social media to help you pass your exams.
5. Epic Verification for GMC Registration – Some doctors are not aware that they need to obtain EPIC verification for their primary medical qualification prior to applying for GMC registration, so in this video, we clarified what EPIC verification is, which qualifications need to be verified, and how you can go about doing this.
4. Applying via NHS Jobs or via a Recruitment Agency – We’re sometimes asked if it’s better to apply for jobs directly through the NHS jobs website, or whether it’s preferable to apply through an agency. We explained the pros and cons of both, and how agencies like ours can offer support to international doctors on their relocation journey.
3. CESR – Our third most popular video of 2019 was our CESR vlog. Many doctors are eager to get on to the Specialist Register once they relocate to the UK, so in this video, we explained how CESR works, and the differences between CESR, CESR CT and CCT.
2. NHS Training Jobs vs Non-Training Jobs – Our second most popular video amongst international doctors in 2019 was our vlog comparing NHS training jobs and non-training jobs. We also covered some information about Deaneries and how doctors can successfully obtain a training post.
1. NHS Salaries – Perhaps unsurprisingly, the video you enjoyed the most in 2019 was our NHS Salaries vlog! We understandably receive many queries regarding the salaries you can expect to receive if you decide to relocate to the UK, so in this video, we explained the Consultant and Specialty Doctor pay scale.
In 2019, we were able to provide you all with a fantastic 126 blog posts! Like our videos, these covered an array of topics such as how to prepare for postgraduate exams, and the latest news and updates regarding applying for GMC registration or a Tier 2 Visa. Here are your favourite blog articles from 2019.
10. What Evidence do I Need for my Application to the GMC? – In our tenth most popular blog of 2019, we outlined the documentation you will need in order to apply for GMC registration, and what you need to do in order to be eligible to apply. We get asked about GMC registration a lot, so this is one you will hopefully still find useful going into 2020.
9. Brexit: What Does it Mean for IMGS? – A very topical post at number 9. Unsurprisingly, you wanted to know how Brexit had impacted the number of international doctors relocating to the UK. In this article, we explained what Brexit is, why it’s happening, and the numbers of British and non-British medical staff working in the NHS at the time this blog was published.
8. How to Apply for Specialty Training via Oriel – In this blog, we explained what Oriel is, and how international doctors can use it to obtain specialty training, as well as what you should include in your application.
7. What is the Difference Between Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship? – With potentially huge changes on the horizon, our article explaining the difference between IRL and British Citizenship was the seventh most popular post. We also explored some of the benefits of obtaining British Citizenship, and what makes you eligible to apply.
6. Overview of EDAIC Part 1 – In response to your queries, we endeavoured to write a series of blogs about the postgraduate qualifications available to IMGs, the benefits of each of them and how you could go about preparing for them. In our sixth most popular article, we offered an overview of Part 1 of the European Diploma of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC), the costs involved, the format of the exam, and some study resources to help you pass.
5. How to get CCT and onto the Specialist Register – Another question we are frequently asked is how you can go about getting a Certificate Completion of Training (CCT) and get on to the Specialist Register. In this post, we described the process of obtaining a CCT, what makes you eligible, and other pathways available to you if you are not eligible.
4. Q&A with Jil Shah, A&E CT1 Doctor – It can be incredibly inspiring to read about the relocation journeys of other IMGs, and so in this article, we shared Dr Jil Shah’s story of her relocation journey, and her experience of life in the UK and working for the NHS.
3. Change to the Junior Doctor Contract – Our third most read blog of 2019 was an update on the contract offered to junior doctors in the NHS. This contract ensures that conditions and pay for junior doctors are better than they were previously, and with so many doctors hoping to complete PLAB and enter the UK in a junior position, we were happy to report on this!
2. WAST: Widening Access to Specialty Training for IMGs – One of the blogs you enjoyed most in 2019 was our blog on WAST. In this article, we explained what WAST is, what makes you eligible, the benefits of WAST, and how you can apply!
1.How to secure Temporary Accommodation in the UK – The blog post you enjoyed the most in 2019 was our article on how you can secure temporary accommodation. This is a particularly helpful one for those coming to the UK for an ID check, or when you first relocate to the UK. We explained what options are available, and how you can go about securing a place to stay.
As you can see, 2019 was an incredibly busy year for the team here at BDI Resourcing, but we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout the year and going forward into 2020.
To wrap up this article, we’d like to ask you, what kind of content would you like to see from us in 2020? If there is anything you would like us to explain in a video or blog article, please feel free to reach out to us on our Facebook page, and we will continue to offer you helpful and informative content and advice in the future.
Happy New Year from everyone at BDI Resourcing!
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