What should I do if I am unsure whether I need a licence to practise?

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If you’re thinking of giving up your licence but are still carrying out activities linked to medicine in some capacity, it’s your responsibility to establish whether you need a licence for the working you’ll be doing.

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Talk to your employer, those who are contracting your services, or the organisation where you’re volunteering. In many cases your contract should state whether you need to hold a licence. You can use our employer discussion checklist to support any conversations you have.

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Talk to your medical defence organisation and your insurance or indemnity provider to check if they require you to hold a licence.

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Talk to your Royal College or Faculty. They may be able to give you advice based on their experience of doctors working in similar roles, or highlight any professional norms or expectations to be aware of.

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Read our top tips which provide advice on the common enquiries we receive from doctors about holding a licence.