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RIG Locums sponsors GMC programme for doctors new to UK practice

Press Release

30 Nov 2016

RIG Locums sponsors GMC programme for doctors new to UK practice

We are delighted that the programme will receive the support of RIG Locums in 2017, allowing us to continue to provide this programme free of charge to the doctors who take part.

Susan Goldsmith, Deputy Chief Executive of the General Medical Council,

RIG Locums has been confirmed as the sponsor for the GMC’s Welcome to UK Practice programme - a half day training event to help doctors new to the country to understand the ethical issues that will affect them and their patients on a day to day basis.

This program allows newly registered candidates to participate in a training event which aims to raise awareness of the ethical and professional standards expected of doctors practising in the UK.

Affi Khan, Managing Director of RIG Locums, commented:

‘As the leading specialist recruiter in the UK locum doctors market, we focus on incrementing the supply of doctors for NHS trusts nationwide and feel that this sponsorship enhances the service we offer to our clients and candidates and reflects our commitment to international recruitment.’

‘We are a well-established agency with a strong track record in supporting doctors from abroad and placing them in key areas of demand within the NHS – 85% of our candidates trained outside the UK.

‘It makes perfect sense for us to be sponsoring this successful programme by the GMC and we look forward to helping doctors understand how RIG is ideally placed to help them access the opportunities which the UK’s NHS has to offer.’

Susan Goldsmith, Deputy Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, added:

'Adapting your practice to the culture of a new country can be extremely challenging for a doctor. It’s important they get the right support to make sure that transition goes well.      

‘This is the reason why we developed our hugely successful Welcome to UK practice three years ago. We are delighted that the programme will receive the support of RIG Locums in 2017, allowing us to continue to provide this programme free of charge to the doctors who take part.’

Notes to editors        

About the GMC’s Welcome to UK Practice programme

Since it was set up in 2013, over 1,500 doctors have taken part in Welcome to UK practice events across the UK. From a sample of doctors attending the programme:

  • 98% of doctors said it helped them to reflect on their practice
  • 99% said they would change their practice as a result of attending the course

About RIG Locums

RIG Locums is the leading specialist recruiter in the Locum Doctors market in the UK.

We focus on incrementing the supply of doctors into the NHS by focusing on recruiting internationally to find candidates that are needed in key demand areas across the UK.

With over 10 years’ experience placing locum doctors, we are the ‘go to’ choice for NHS Hospitals across the UK to supply specialist and hard to find locum doctors.

Quality of service is of paramount importance to us, which is why our Locum doctors trust us to find them their perfect locum roles time and time again.

To find out more visit www.riglocums.com

About the General Medical Council

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
  • We take action when we believe a doctor may be putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.
  • We are not here to protect doctors - their interests are protected by others. Our job is to protect the public.

We are independent of government and the medical profession and accountable to Parliament. Our powers are given to us by Parliament through the Medical Act 1983.

We are a registered charity (number 1089278 with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and number SC037750 with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), we have to show that our aims are for public benefit.

The GMC Media Relations Office can be contacted on 020 7189 5454, email press@gmc-uk.org. To find out more please visit our website www.gmc-uk.org.