Obligations for working in the UK

Meeting our standards for practise 

All doctors practising in the UK must comply with the duties of a doctor as described in Good medical practice and our explanatory guidance. Among other things, you must limit the scope of your practice to those fields in which you have appropriate education, training and experience.

Get insurance or indemnity cover

You must have insurance or indemnity in place before you begin work in the UK. The type and level of insurance or indemnity you need depends on where you will work, whether you'll be employed or self-employed and the type of you'll do.

You can find more information about this, and our powers to remove a doctor’s licence if they don’t have adequate cover, in the insurance indemnity and medico-legal support chapter of our guide for doctors.

Serious or persistent failure to follow this guidance will put your registration at risk, and could have implications for your practise in other EU member states.

Declaring any fitness to practise issues 

As part of your declaration, we'll ask questions about your fitness to practise. Depending on your answers, we may ask you to give us more information and to send documents to us. 

Before completing your declaration, read our guide on what to tell us when you apply.