Healthcare Professionals: Living and Working in the UK

The UK is one of the most famous destinations among healthcare professionals looking for an opportunity abroad. Several factors make the UK an excellent location for overseas healthcare professionals, including the ability to recruit newly qualified nurses, salaries based on qualifications and education, and the overall standard of living.

Health specialists worldwide make the UK their home for the bases mentioned above. But while the UK can often be a viable option for applying for doctor and nursing jobs, moving to a different culture is not easy. 

This is quite true for individuals working in the medical field, which is known to be highly competitive, technically challenging, and complicated. Here is a list of some of the most common challenges healthcare professionals struggle with before and after moving to the UK. 

1. Doctors' registration with the GMC

The doctors from abroad who wish to work in the UK are first needed to register themselves for GMC (General Medical Council). If you have completed your post-graduation in the UK or another foreign country, you must be a member of the British Royal College or other recognized equivalents. 

2. Nurses Registration with NMC

You must register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) before applying for nursing jobs in the UK. In addition, the NMC registration has a two-part exam (CBT and OSCE) which you must pass to be accepted. 

You will then have to deliver OSCE within three months of starting your new career in the UK. Moreover, you will also be needed to clear the OET (Occupational English Test) or other equivalent English test accepted by NMC.

3. Agents who Exploit Unregistered Manning Agencies

Being qualified for a medical job in the United Kingdom, getting a job, and moving to the country can be complex and time-consuming. 

As a result, many people rely on manning agencies when looking for healthcare jobs in the UK. But unfortunately, many unregistered manning agencies exploit such job seekers in several ways.

From asking for a significant amount of money for recruitment, promising unrealistic salaries, and long delays to holding passports, job seekers face many problems while working with such illicit agencies. Thus, ensure you only trust registered agencies with years of experience to guide you professionally.

4. Skills for Everyday Life

Medical professionals from abroad who work in the UK often find jobs in the countryside. But unfortunately, the transport infrastructure in the countryside is poor compared to that in popular cities. So, before moving to the UK, it’d be clever to learn some everyday skills like food preparation and driving as you might require. Also, you will be needed to adjust to colder temperatures or snow during your stay in the UK.

Our goal is to assist healthcare professionals from different countries to start their dream careers in the United Kingdom by assisting them. Get in touch with our team to know more.