Guidance for team doctors attending sports events in the UK

This page is for doctors who are travelling to the UK with their country teams for sports events.

Information for event organisers

If you are organising a very large sports event we strongly recommend that you contact us at least six to 12 months in advance of it so we have adequate time to plan for it. For smaller sports events (less than 30 doctors anticipated), please contact us between four and six months in advance.

The events

Each year, athletes from all over the world will come to the UK to participate in sports events and many countries bring their own doctors with them to treat their athletes.

Practising in the UK

Doctors must be registered with a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise medicine in the UK. This includes all doctors visiting from overseas and from Europe on a temporary basis. All team doctors accompanying their teams for the athletics events, must hold registration with a licence to practise to be permitted to treat, diagnose and prescribe for their team.

Please note that this type of registration does not permit you to treat UK nationals. For all other types of registration, please visit our registration pages.

How to get registered for events

You can apply to be registered on a temporary basis for these events. Please apply using this application form.

We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before your event begins. There is no guarantee that registration will be granted for applications received later than this.

Please complete and return the application form to us, with photocopies of the following documents:

Please email scanned copies of these documents as one pdf or zip file to:

Or you can post them to:

General Medical Council
International Applications sports events
3 Hardman Street
United Kingdom
M3 3AW

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What happens next?

When you have sent your application form and documents to us you will hear from us within five working days. We may ask you for more information. Incomplete application forms and missing evidence will delay your application for registration.

We will tell you when your registration is granted. You are not permitted to practise in the UK unless your name is listed on our List of Registered Medical Practitioners.