Sponsor announced to support workshop for doctors new to UK practice

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05 Feb 2018

Free workshops run by the General Medical Council, to help doctors coming to work in the UK from abroad, have a new sponsor.

Doctors from overseas make a huge contribution to frontline healthcare in this country, and it is important they receive the support they need when obtaining GMC registration.

Susan Goldsmith, Deputy Chief Executive of the General Medical Council

Locum agency ID Medical has been named as the sponsor of the General Medical Council’s Welcome to UK Practice training- half-day sessions for international doctors new to working in the UK.

The workshops allow newly-registered doctors to get a better understanding of the ethical and professional standards expected of doctors practising in the UK.

Welcome to UK Practice (WtUKP), which is held at the GMC’s offices, features footage of doctors sharing their own experiences of coming to work in the UK. They discuss the things they wish they had known when they started working here, encouraging other doctors new to the country to ask questions and to share and discuss their experiences.

Susan Goldsmith, Deputy Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said: ‘Starting to work in a new country can be extremely challenging for a doctor, regardless of how experienced they are. WtUKP aims to ease the transition of adapting to working in a new culture.

‘Doctors from overseas make a huge contribution to frontline healthcare in this country, and it is important they receive the support they need when obtaining GMC registration. We are delighted the programme will receive the support of ID Medical this year, allowing us to continue offering the session at no cost to doctors.’

Trushar Patel, Head of ID Medical’s International division, said: ‘We recruit doctors from around the globe into roles in the UK, from short-term placements to permanent positions both in the NHS and private medical establishments.

‘Entering UK medical practice can be daunting and the fact that we are able to sponsor these GMC workshops brings us unrivalled distinction whilst being able to discuss and support every doctor in person. We are also aware for new doctors, embarking on their UK Career can be challenging which is why ID Medical through its strategic client partnerships can offer the perfect introduction to some of the UK’s leading hospitals.’

For more information or to book onto Welcome to UK Practice, visit the GMC website.

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Notes to editors

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