Updated: April 16, 2020
Following our recent post 9 ways the new Shortage Occupation List affects IMGs dreaming of UK specialty training, we’ve received tons of new visitors and lots of questions.
In this post we want to answer your questions, and point you in the direction of the other useful posts on this website that will help you on your journey to the UK.
Yes, IMGs can now apply for the UK Foundation Programme and be considered equally with UK graduates.
Yes, Standalone FY2 is now mostly open only to IMGs.
The requirements for GMC registration have not changed. You still need to take PLAB or an equivalent accepted exam to gain GMC registration before you can work in the UK.
Yes, these changes include all training posts, at any level, in any specialty (except Public Health) including core training and higher specialty training.
Not sure how specialty training (residency) works in the UK? Check out our guide to UK specialty training for complete beginners.
Yes, with these rules you can still apply in Round 2. However, bear in mind the following:
- Specialties that have openings in CT1/ST1 only have a Round 2 if there are vacancies leftover from Round 1. If there are no vacancies leftover from Round 1, then there will not be a Round 2.
- Specialties that have openings in ST3/ST4 generally do not have a Round 1, applications start from Round 2. You can now apply directly in Round 2 and according to current rules, you will be considered equally alongside UK graduates.
According to the new rules, no. All applicants will now be considered equally on the basis of their application.
The only exception so far is Public Health. We also do not yet know about the Foundation Programme / FY1.
A step-by-step guide for those who have completed internship and are seeking ST1 or CT1 training posts can be found here in Pathway B.
A step-by-step guide for those seeking ST3 or ST4 training posts can be found here in Pathway C.
You can find the specific requirements for each specialty in the person specifications.
However, in general, these are the requirements to be eligible to apply:
For a first-year position (ST1 or CT1)
- Valid CREST 2020 form (previous versions of CREST will no longer be accepted)
- 12 months post-internship experience by the time you start ST1 or CT1
- Full GMC registration by the time you start ST1 or CT1
Please note that NHS experience is not a requirement to apply but is hugely beneficial. Starting your first job in a training post is challenging and can have negative effects on your career progression if you stumble.
Please also note that you can be overqualified for an ST1/CT1 post if you have too much experience in the same specialty you are applying for. You can read more about this here.
For a position in higher specialty training (ST3 or ST4)
- Relevant postgraduate exams (eg. MRCS, MRCP, MRCOG Part 1 etc.)
- Clinical experience
- Evidenced by time spent in clinical practice (in the UK or overseas) and/or a portfolio of your clinical skills and knowledge
- Alternative certificate of competence relevant to that specialty or equivalent
Again, you can find the specific requirements for each specialty for that specialty and level in the person specifications.
No, applications for specialty training are done through the website Oriel, not through the NHS jobs website.
You can find the link to Oriel including the user guide and Oriel FAQs here.
A portfolio is essentially a folder that contains all the documentation of your professional achievements.
Professional achievements can include areas such as additional degrees, research, teaching experience, quality improvement, presentations, publications, prizes etc.
The general rule is: analyse the person specifications for the specialty you want to apply for, research the scoring criteria, and develop your portfolio accordingly.
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Posts to be updated
Due to these immigration rule changes, we will need to update several articles on our website. Just so you’re aware of what needs to be amended, here’s a list of affected posts:
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