Case study 1 - Dr Smyth

This case study will assist doctors who have had a break in practice shorter than 12 months.

Background

Dr Smyth was awarded a medical degree in July 2007. She applied for full registration with a licence to practise in November 2017.

Since graduation, Dr Smyth had done a two year full time internship in New Zealand, which she completed in August 2009. From August 2009 until July 2015, she worked as a full time cardiologist in several hospitals in New Zealand. Dr Smyth had a break in practice of 11 months due to maternity leave. She then worked as a cardiologist from June 2016 to October 2017 when she moved to the UK and applied for full registration with a licence to practise.

What did the decision maker take into account?

The decision maker took into account the criteria and guidance on beaks in practice. In particular:

  • When Dr Smyth applied for registration it had been ten years and four months since she graduated. Dr Smyth had practised for nine years and three months since graduation, so she met the criteria of having practiced for 60% of the time since graduation.
  • Dr Smyth had worked in New Zealand in the 12 months before she applied, so she met the criteria of having practised for a minimum of 12 months prior to application.

What was our decision?

As Dr Smyth met both aspects of our criteria the decision maker granted the doctor full registration with a licence to practise.