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What induction support will I get from the NHS?

  • July 18, 2018

Will I receive any support from the hospital when I start my new job? | BDI Resourcing

The first few months of moving to another country and starting a new job in a system you are unfamiliar with can be extremely overwhelming. However, by speaking to the right people and asking the right questions, your worries can be put at ease and you will be settling into your new life before you know it.

In today’s article, we provide you with an insight into what to expect on your first day, first month and our top tips on how to feel more at ease when you start your new NHS position.


Before you start your new position, you should be informed of the details of your induction. All NHS doctors will be given the opportunity to progress through an induction and development programme. An induction is a workplace-specific process that ensures new employees like yourself to understand the employers’ local practices and policies, both clinical and non-clinical.

A well-planned induction will help you become familiar with your new working environment, and to work effectively, so that you provide excellent patient care. An induction is work and will generally take place during working hours. If any element of the induction takes place outside of working hours, such as the completion of online modules – you should receive pay or time off in lieu at an appropriate rate.

First Day

On your first day, you should report straight to the HR department. They will provide you with your hospital ID badge, access pass and request for you to fill out any outstanding information.

Once you have received everything you need from HR, they will ask your clinical supervisor to come and meet you. Typically, they will show you around your department and introduce you to as many people as possible – try and remember the important faces as they will come in useful when you need help in the future.

First Month

To accommodate your needs as a new employee, the hospital, for the first month or so (stipulated in your contract) will require you to work under a supernumerary period whilst you are learning the practices.

During this time, your clinical supervisor wants to ensure that patient safety is upheld whilst you are learning. Therefore, you will not be expected to work independently, such as on-call hours.

Your feedback during this time will be asked to ensure your confidence and happiness is increasing – leading you up to practicing independently.

Our Tips when starting your new position

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions

As previously mentioned, starting a new job is overwhelming and more so when the system is completely different to that what you know. Therefore, our top tip is to ask as many questions as you need – no matter how small or big.

If you are unsure clinically – ask your clinical supervisor, senior registrar or if they are not available ask the lead nurses or nurses. Everyone will understand that you are new to the hospital and you are learning the process and they will most definitely be happy to help. So, do not hesitate to ask!

If you are unsure generally – often people forget that it is HR’s job to help and so try and find the information out from other places but them. HR can be very busy, so sometimes they will not reply to your email. We, therefore, advise you to take a visit to their office and ask in person. More than likely your issue will be solved there and then, and your worry would have eradicated.

If you have not been given a tour of the entire hospital – then ask! This will increase your confidence levels.

  1. Go to the GMC’s Event: Welcome to UK Practice

The GMC’s “Welcome to the UK Practice” workshop is specifically aimed at doctors who are new to working in the UK.

By attending this event you will receive the opportunity to meet other doctors, ask questions and learn from the real-life experiences of others who have moved to the UK. By attending you will also receive guidance on safe practice, regulations and the support available to IMGs.

They hold events in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast.

The event is free to attend.

Click here to book your place.

  1. Take each day as it comes

As with any new job, there will be good days where you feel you are on top of your work and feel confident. However, there will be other days where your confidence will decrease, perhaps because of an unexpected circumstance. But please remember, this is okay! Tomorrow will be a new day and you can try again!

“I feel overwhelmed, upset and I miss my family…”

There may become a point in your first couple of months where you become homesick which can cause you to feel upset and question whether this decision was right for you. At this point, we ask you to take a step back and look at what you have achieved. A long time ago you decided that you wanted to relocate to the UK and work within the NHS – to give you and your family a better life. You took a number of exams, encountered some obstacles along the way but you achieved your goal.

Moving to another country will feel stressful because everything has changed. The culture, the people, the workplace, your home… but you will get used to it! Often, we find that doctors feel upset because they are missing their family whilst they are waiting for them to join them in a couple of months. In this instance, just hang on in there! Stay busy, and they will be with you before you know it.

Don’t be scared to ask

A good way to prevent you from feeling upset is to ask yourself what you are feeling overwhelmed by. Do you know your work colleagues? Do you understand the UK system? Have you got to know your local area? By asking yourself these questions you can work out what exactly is wrong and then it can most definitely be solved by asking someone around you to help solve the issue.

Speak to other IMGs

Hundreds and hundreds of international doctors have been the exact same process as you and they would have felt and thought the same. So, our advice – reach out! Speak to somebody who has been in the same position as you and they will be able to explain how they dealt with their issues and provide you with some useful advice.

Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor to meet other international doctors or contact us directly at [email protected] and ask for us to put you in touch with an IMG at the same hospital you are working in. Perhaps you can meet for a coffee and they can show you around!

If you are an international doctor who is interested in relocating to the UK and working within the NHS send your CV to [email protected] – and we will be happy to help you.

Come and say hello! Join our Facebook Group IMG Advisor. Here you will have access to frequent blog posts, the opportunity to ask questions and meet other IMGs!


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