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Post Offer Acceptance Checklist

  • October 14, 2020

Congratulations on receiving your job offer! This blog will explain the six steps required post-offer acceptance about all the documents you need, security clearance and assessments.

1. Identity Checks

Verification of your identity is the first check we complete to validate identity. We require candidates to provide one of these two combinations of documents to verify identity and they must be original copies:

  • Two forms of photographic ID from and one document confirming their address
  • One form of photographic ID and two documents confirming their address

Each document will be cross referenced with other data supplied as part of the recruitment process and if it doesn’t match, further evidence will be requested until we are fully satisfied. 

2. Professional Registration and Qualification Checks

All health professionals will have their registration and fitness to practice / licence to practice checked with the relevant regulatory body in line with the role for which they have applied. In this you will provide your GMC certificate and certificate number to be checked. You may also be required to provide your qualification documents such as your MBBS certificate and / or Royal College certificates.

3. Employment History and Reference Checks

During this stage we check your CV to ensure there are no employment gaps. If there are any gaps, please account for what you were doing this time, e.g. maternity leave.

We obtain detailed information for individual professional reference requests from hospitals you have been registered with in the last three years.

4. Right to Work Checks

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

In this stage you will be required to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Once all this information has been sent received and the certificate is issued, you will be able to apply for a Tier 2 Visa.

The documents you will need to send are:

  • Passport
  • 2 x Proof of current residential address
  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • Referee details
  • Evidence of your GMC Registration

Tier 2 Visa Application

A Tier 2 Visa is now the main immigration route into the UK for skilled workers being employed in the UK. The documents you will need are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Tuberculosis Test Clearance Certificate (if applicable)
  • Police Clearing Certificate
  • Proof of English knowledge
  • Original copy of photographic ID
  • Proof of changes of names


After completing your Tier 2 Visa Application you will be invited to a Biometrics appointment. This will be offered to you after payment for your visa. During your appointment you will have your fingerprints taken and your passport will be sent away to be stamped. Once sent back to you, you will be able to enter the UK.

Biometrics Resident Permit (BRP)

As an international doctor on a Tier 2 visa, you will receive a BRP once your application has been approved and your passport is returned with a vignette stamp.

Your permit will state your name, date/place of birth, your fingerprints and photographic identification. It will also provide details on your immigration status and whether you have access to public fund.

Your BRP card will be able to collect 10 days (up to 60 under current COVID guidelines) after arriving in the UK from a Post Office local to your new trust.

5. Work Health Assessments

Work health assessment refers to a variety of processes undertaken by employers to health screen staff to assess whether they are capable and fit to undertake a role. Its primary purpose is to help prevent work-related illnesses, injuries and the spread of disease or infection.

After submitting all your documents and your flights are booked, we will ask for your first available date to book an Occupational Health appointment.  You will attend this appointment before starting your new role.

6. Criminal Record Checks

A criminal record check relates to the data held about a criminal history. The information included in a criminal record may vary between countries, and even between jurisdictions within the same country.

A Police Clearance check will be asked for again at this stage of the process. You must show a Police Clearance Certificate for any country you have lived in longer than 12 months in 10 years.

Once this has all been completed, we will organize with the HR department all the information you will need for your induction and first day of work.


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