Before you start practising

Preparing to practise

If your application for registration with a licence to practise is approved and granted there are a few things you'll need to do before you start practising.

Get adequate insurance and indemnity cover

You must make sure you have adequate insurance and indemnity for the full scope of your medical practice.  

Read our guidance on insurance, indemnity and medico-legal support to find out what this means for you and where to go for advice.  

Working in an approved practice setting

The majority of newly registered doctors will need to work in an approved practice setting until their first revalidation. We will let you know if this applies to you when we grant your registration.

An approved practice setting is an organisation that provide doctors with appropriate supervision, regular appraisals and support you with training.

Read our guidance on approved practice settings.

Plan to work in general practice?

If you’re planning to work as a GP in the UK, as well as needing to be registered with a licence to practise and being on the GP register, there are a number of other things you will need to do before you can start practising.

You must apply to join a performers' list, and an induction and returner scheme, with the appropriate organisation.

Read our guidance on general practice in the UK.