To practise medicine in the UK you need to be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). There are 4 different types of registration: provisional, full, specialist and GP. This Blog aims to briefly explore each type of registration so you can decide which one is right for you.
This is given to both UK and international doctors who have just graduated from medical school and do not have any internship experience.
Provisional registration is also given to IMGs who gain GMC registration through the PLAB route and have postgraduate experience, but their experience does not meet the GMC requirements for an acceptable pattern of internship.
The one and only job you can apply for with provisional registration is an approved Foundation Year 1 (FY1) training post as part of the UK Foundation Programme. You can read more about the UK Foundation Programme here.
This type of registration is granted to doctors who have already completed their accepted internship. In the UK this is known as FY1. Overseas this may be referred to as a “house job”. Once you have your full registration with the GMC, you can begin applying for NHS jobs. This is also the point in which, BDI Resourcing can begin searching for suitable positions on behalf of yourself.
GPs in the UK are family and community medicine specialists with 5 years postgraduate training.
To be included on the GP register, doctors must complete the 2-year Foundation Programme (or equivalent) and the 3-year GP training programme in General Practice (or equivalent). In other countries, this is usually equivalent to Family Medicine training.
It is important to acknowledge that in the UK, new medical graduates or those that have completed internship with no further specialty training are NOT considered GPs in the UK like they are in some countries.
If you have been working as a general physician back home but have no postgraduate training, you will be applying for full registration and not GP registration.
Most Doctors will aim to eventually get entrance onto the GMC’s Specialist Register in order for themselves to practice as a Consultant in the UK. Doctors on the specialist register are those that have completed UK postgraduate specialty training through a GMC-approved training programme (or equivalent – CESR/CESR CP).
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