We receive lots of queries from international doctors who have completed the earlier parts of their MRCP or have completed IELTS/OET and would like to be considered for the MTI scheme. Unfortunately, we’re unable to assist with these applications as they are handled directly by NHS Trusts and the Royal College of Physicians however, we’ve compiled some of the incredibly useful information that the RCP have to offer in this blog article in order to help:
What is the MTI Scheme?
According to the Royal College of Physicians’ website:
“The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) is a mutually beneficial scheme that provides junior doctors from all over the world with the opportunity to work and train in the UK, while giving hospitals a high-quality, longer-term alternative to using locums to fill rota gaps. The scheme facilitates General Medical Council (GMC) registration and tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa for those eligible.”
There are currently more than 300 international doctors working in the UK on the RCP’s version of the MTI scheme, making it the largest of all the UK college programmes.
What jobs can you apply for?
Before you can be considered for MTI sponsorship by the Royal College of Physicians, you need to have secured a suitable post and the hospital should support your intention to obtain sponsorship in order to take up that post. The position must meet a number of criteria:
Applications should be made directly to eligible positions on NHS Jobs (https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/) or the Royal College (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/medical-training-initiative-interviews)
What are the entry requirements?
All candidates need to meet the following criteria:
A further section of the RCP site, references eligibility for direct applications to interviews that they host and includes:
What visa will I get?
The MTI scheme falls under the Government Authorised Exchange Visa (previously Tier 5), which is specifically designed for doctors coming to the UK to train for a maximum of 24 months. Time spent in the UK on a Government Authorised Exchange Visa does not count towards the 5 years required for indefinite leave to remain.
Do I have to return to my home country after the MTI Scheme has finished?
The intention of the MTI scheme is that you should return back to your home country at the end of the two year period. The purpose is to ‘learn and return’ so you should take the skills that you learn in your time with the NHS back to your home country.
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