GMC and Job Prospects in UK 2016

Job Prospects in UK

The job market in the UK is very competitive and you require to think and decide cautiously whether you really want to take up the risk of competition involved in grabing posts. The test is so designed at the level at which the student should reach at the end of Foundation Year 1 (F1) which is the first year of practice after graduation, sometimes called the internship or House Officer year. In case you haven't completed this year of practical training, the only way you have is to apply for provisional registration with a licence to practise. You have the benefit to apply for full registration with a licence to practise when you have passed PLAB once you complete tis foundation year.

There are different kinds of jobs in the UK. Some of them involve training schemes and in others the training element is less developed.

As referred above, looking for jobs in US can be quite a cumbersome job, specially those which involve training schemes. Few areas and regions face more competition than others. Finding employment can be a lengthy process.

Do note that you are not guaranteed a job as you pass the PLAB test or gaining registration with a licence to practise.

Also cautiously think and decide to give the test as it is a costly test to appear in. Also consider the cost of living in the UK while you take Part 2 of the PLAB test and before you find a job.

It can be useful idf you do a clinical attachment. This you should do even if you are not paid for it as some doctors will come to recognize you and this will help you later. You do not need GMC registration. You can find further information about clinical attachments on the BMA website. You can find contact details for hospitals on the NHS website.

The role of the GMC and other organisations

The framework for the practice of medicine in the UK is complicated. There is no single organisation which is responsible for the regulation, employment and care of doctors. A brief summary of the roles of the various organisations involved is given below:

The GMC

The GMC is the main regulatory body functioning to set the standards for medical practice in the UK. The minimum requirement for practising is to pass PLAB test which makes you eligible to apply for registration with a licence to practise and gives you the opportunity to compete for jobs. However clearing the test does not guarantee a job to you.

Although the job market in the UK is very competitive, we do not ration test places. All those who think are capable are given a chance to prove their mettle which means that admissions for the test are not welcomed as perthe number of posts vacant in the fraternity. Hence the decision whether you want to involve in the risks of competition is a considerable one.

The Department of Health

The Department of Health (DH) is responsible for manpower planning and the NHS is the employer. Useful information about how the NHS works can be found on the NHS website.

The British Medical Association

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the leading trade union and professional association for doctors in the UK and provides a comprehensive guide for doctors who are new to the UK, including the structure of the NHS and career structure and training.

Other organisations

Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom (APPS UK)

  • APPS Network
  • 17A Cobra Court
  • Blackmore Road
  • Stretford
  • Manchester
  • M32 0QY
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: + 44 (0) 0161 864 5609
  • Email: admin@appsuk.org
  • APPS Network

British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO)

  • BAPIO Head Office
  • 178 Ampthill Road
  • Bedford
  • MK42 9PU
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: + 44 (0) 1234 212879
  • Email: admin@bapio.co.uk
  • BAPIO

British International Doctors'Association (BIDA)