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Switching to a different NHS Trust

  • May 20, 2020

Many Doctors make the decision to change the NHS Trust that they are working for once they have completed their current contract of employment. With this in mind, the following blog article aims to outline the things you need to consider before changing Trusts, whether you need to apply for a new Visa and what costs this will infer.

What do I do if I want to change NHS Trusts?

If you make the decision that you would like to change Trusts, you need to make sure you’re equipped and ready to do so. So, what steps should you follow when considering moving to a new NHS Trust?

  1. Gather references from your current employer

It is vital that you have up-to-date references when applying for a new job, as this will not only increase your chances of being hired but will also mean you can keep a good relationship with your past employer in between the hiring process. Staying connected to co-workers from previous positions goes beyond just getting a good reference, it can expand your network and open doors for future NHS job opportunities.

  1. Update your CV  

When applying for a new Job you must make sure your CV is up-to-date and is displayed and written in a clear, concise yet informative manner. Spend some time on your CV as this is your first impression to your new employer. If you would like a copy of BDI Resourcing’s medical CV template, send us an email and we’ll be happy to provide you with one.

  1. Consider where you want to be in the UK

One of the first things you need to consider before you decide to leave your current position, is where you would like to be in the UK, as this factor will define your job search. Ask yourself, are you happy to commute? Do you want to be in a City or in the Countryside? Is there a good choice of schooling for your children? How much will it cost to buy or rent in the area? Such questions will inform you of the type of location it is that you want to work. Once you have a better idea of where it is you want to be in the UK, your job search will be more informed and you’ll be ready to accept a job offer if one comes your way.

Do I need to apply for a new Visa and what are the costs?

If you are changing to a different NHS Trust you will need to apply for a Tier 2 intra company transfer, which will require a Certificate of Sponsorship from your new employer. This is essentially the same process as applying for a new Tier 2 Visa, which will remain valid for your new employment period.

You can apply for a new Visa up to three months before the day you are due to start your new employment, and a decision on your Visa will be made within 3 weeks. The cost of this application is currently £704 per person, excluding the annual Immigration Health Surcharge fee.

How can we help?

If you’re a doctor considering changing  NHS Trust and would like support with this, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you on your journey.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you will 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 every day. We will also be on hand to answer any relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos on 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 find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on obtaining GMC registration and securing an NHS job.


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