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How Paediatricians can strengthen their CV

  • December 22, 2021

There are many things that most NHS Trusts will require from overseas Paediatricians alongside your GMC and postgraduate qualification. In order to strengthen your CV and to ensure you meet the expectations of the clinicians there are courses you can attend and qualifications you can hold that will make you stand out. This blog will outline some resources/qualifications you can use in order to meet the requirements and ensure your CV is up to date, giving you the best chance at securing your NHS position.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

The Royal College qualifications give you the best chance at securing a position within the NHS. You will be aligning yourself with the training and development pathways that a UK Doctor would have gone through. This is because the structure and content of the examinations is recognisable to NHS clinicians. The UK Doctors that will be interviewing you once you get to that stage will know exactly what you would have done to pass the MRCPCH examinations because they would have done it as well. They may not however understand what you completed in order to obtain other postgraduate qualifications from overseas as the clinician’s won’t automatically know all of the core skills and attributes it took to pass those exams.  Thus, the MRCPCH exam acts as a benchmark for your clinical suitability and will therefore be stronger when compared to another CV that does not hold the qualification.

It is not just senior doctors that will benefit from sitting the Royal College examinations, middle grade and more junior Doctors can benefit from obtaining access to online journal services, E support to finance bursaries for different courses, revision materials and educational advice and career support. Therefore, the qualification is also a great way for you to engage with the Paediatric medical community and gain access to a wealth of support and resources.

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) course

It is important to ensure that your APLS is up to date as NHS Trusts will typically require this. APLS provides the knowledge and skills necessary for recognition, effective treatment and stabilisation of children with life threatening emergencies, using a structured, sequential approach. The course and its principles are practiced throughout the world, and over 83,000 candidates have completed the course since its inception in 1998. There are several equivalent courses from other boards across the globe such as EPALS.

The APLS course is run through the UK and the cost varies across centres. To view a full list of courses and costs and to book a place click here.


As a child health professional, child protection will play a huge role in everything you do. It is about protecting individual children identified as suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect. Safeguarding is a broader issue and covers how you ensure children grow up in a safe environment. Safeguarding courses will allow you to demonstrate that you are confident on the matter and are actively keeping up to date with practice.

Delivered by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Safeguarding Children and Young People programme aims to meet statutory training requirements so that healthcare providers can ensure their teams are up to date with the issues surrounding Child Protection. For more details on courses and resources click here.

Paediatric specific audits

Clinical audits are a way that doctors can measure the quality of the care they offer. It allows you to compare performance against a standard to see how they are doing and identify opportunities for improvement. Changes can then be made, followed by further audits to see if these changes have been successful. If you are able to display your input in any Paediatrics audits you may have been involved with in the past this will look fantastic on your CV. If you have not yet had the opportunity to take part in any audits then you should ensure you are still able to convey your understanding of them you’re your passion to conduct them in the future, either on your CV or in your interview.

How can we help?

If you are an international Paediatrician who would like to relocate to the UK, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your relocation journey to the UK. You will need your GMC Registration in order to qualify for an NHS job, so either through completion of the full MRCPCH or via PLAB.

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 blogs and vlogs to the group each day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos covering everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS.

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go with IMG Advisor the Podcast! You can listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

Finally, we also have Instagram, so if you are a member, feel free to follow us to view our posts and IGTV: @bdiresourcing


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