Changes to the immigration rules for postgraduate doctors and dentists

On 7 March 2006 the Department of Health announced changes to the immigration rules for postgraduate doctors and dentists.

The changes, which will come into effect shortly, mean that all doctors and dentists who wish to work in the UK from outside the European Union will need to meet the requirements of an employment category, such as the work permit provisions.>>>>More

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The link above contains common questions and answers related to the changes to immigration rules for postgraduate doctors and dentists.


Please have a look at Modernising Medical Careers on the "From Dreams to Reality!" page. This will have important implications for your eligibility for F1 Posts, so you need to confirm from GMC if you are eligible to apply for these posts after passing PLAB!

Foundation Programme and Overseas Doctors!

Please visit the GMC web site for details of eligibility after PLAB. F1 and F2 year programmes details are available here These will have important implications on your eligibility for jobs.

Those who have completed Internship as part of their Medical Qualification (as is mandatory for most Overseas Doctors), will NOT be eligible for F1 Posts.

F2 posts will be first given to all who satisfactorily complete F1 and an unspecified number will be available to Overseas Doctors.

It has been reported that many doctors are unsuccessful in the evaluation tests conducted for F1 trainees leading to potential termination of their training.

PMETB has started accepting applications. Click on the link to go to Article 14 which gives the details required. This is for senior Anaesthetists who have had Post Graduate experience and Training

About Me!

Click on the link above if you wish to know more about me

Why have I got this site?

I have found that a lot of candidates aspiring

to come to UK for Training in Anaesthesia in the UK don't have proper guidance or information and we are all finding it increasingly difficult to personally advise each and every candidate about the system here Unfortunately, even the many candidates that have personally benefited from our help, don't give back anything to the system and don't help or guide their friends who follow them. I therefore thought I would save myself and my friends (Consultant Colleagues) and the Trainees, the trouble of repeating things over and over again and not being able to consistently spare the time to do so.

            In the UK, a Consultant's life has become much harder

and we work longer hours and have a lot of admin work as well.

Please remember that I am only doing this out of goodwill.

I cannot get you a Clinical Attachment or a job. Please don't send me your CV. I won't have time to look at it.

I am not an authority on any of these matters.

Any clarification about eligibility to apply, PLAB exemption, Examination eligibility, etc. should be sought from the relevant authorities e.g. RCA, GMC etc.

Many Consultants are leaving the NHS and going to other countries and some are retiring much earlier. So please understand if Consultants don't respond immediately or pleasantly. A lot of us work harder than trainees half our age.

Heartfelt sympathy to those thousands of innocent people who have been affected by the Tsunami disaster.

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C G Nanda Kumar (Webmaster)