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How do I structure an NHS medical CV? | CV Template

  • October 18, 2021

Here at BDI Resourcing we have years’ worth of feedback from NHS Trusts with regards to medical CV’s. Using the abundance of feedback, we have created a CV structure template that we strongly believe will give you the best chance of securing an NHS Interview. 

Start off by addressing who you are your current address and contact details. Make sure to include additional contact preferences i.e. mobile and work number, both personal and work email.

It is crucial you include your professional summary right at the top of your CV so that relevant Trusts can see if you’re ready, able and equipped to work in the NHS. The first thing they are going to want to see is if you are GMC registered. We advise that you include your GMC reference number so that you can easily be found on the GMC register. Then you should state the route you took to obtain your GMC registration whether that was a Royal College Qualification, PLAB or any other GMC approved post graduate qualification; to see a full list of these click here. Next, it is a good idea to include your proof of English language qualification and the grade you attained. Following this, do include your international qualifications as well, this will show that you have a good background in your field even though this qualification may not have been used to obtain your GMC. Finally, do include any other courses you have completed such as life support courses. It is Important to keep your CV tailored to the specialism you are applying for as this shows that you are passionate and dedicated to your field, however in this section you can quickly reference all of the courses you have attended and qualifications you have completed since your primary medical degree such as BLS, ALS, APLS, PLS.  Please note you should also include the dates of all of the listed licenses and qualifications in the Professional Summary section.

Keep this section as concise and focused as possible, a brief abstract of your background and history will give the employers an insight into your medical background outside of your qualifications. In this section you can outline why you want to work for the NHS and why you think it aligns with your career aspirations and long-term goals.

This section is crucial as it will allow the employer to fully understand what was included in your previous roles. This is imperative as different specialties and grades in the UK may cover slightly different procedures than in your home country. We suggest that you should split this section up into ‘Independent’ and ‘Assisted’ so that the Trust and be completely clear of your capabilities. Do take your time when filling in this portion of your CV and include ALL of your clinical skills involving your more junior taught skills such as IV cannula insertion. 

You should explain what your current position is and work backwards from there. When describing your current role make sure to include the month and year you started (July 2019-present). Then include your job title and the Hospital in which you work. Grade titles can mean different things in different countries. For example, Specialist Doctor can mean Consultant in some international hospitals; therefore, it may be beneficial for you to state what the UK equivalent to your grade is. Simultaneously, in this section you should describe your duties and responsibilities in this role. Describe the type of hospital that you work in including details such as how many beds, its location and the facilities and departments. Carefully describe your role and detail any training you received and what hours you are expected to work incorporating on-calls. 

Just the same as the previous section, here you should outline all the other roles you have had, detailing the month and year of each position.  With these previous roles you should give efficient overviews, make sure to include details of your internship, outlining the dates that you completed each specialism, and which areas you rotated amongst.

List relevant conferences and courses you have attended, make sure you go into detail as this shows your enthusiasm for your specialism and commitment to growing and improving your knowledge, especially if they are international events. Make a special effort to note events where you may have been a speaker or an exhibitor or you’ve had poster pieces that you have shown.

Partaking in research and publications shows so much dedication and passion for your chosen field so it is important you list all of these.

Make sure to note any awards and accreditations you have obtained throughout your career.

It can be a good idea to very briefly give the employer a few personal skills that could be important to the role you are applying for. Additionally, listing some personal attributes here will also give them an insight into your personality and who you are outside of work.

Referee Details 

When applying for a job within the NHS you will be asked to provide details of your employment for at least the last three years. Thus, if you have been with the same employer for the last three years you may only need one reference. The details should include their name, job title, department and hospital along with their contact information.

If you would like to see a copy of our template CV that uses this exact structure, please do send us an email to [email protected].

How Can We Help Further?

If you’re an international doctor that has any questions regarding your CV or if you have completed your CV and are ready to look for a position within the NHS please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

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