GMC Registration via the Sponsorship route

Every time I post a comment about the sponsorship route on the social media platforms, I get tens of messages from international doctors, some of them asking for more information and others sending me their CV to find them jobs.

So I am writing this post to explain what I know about this sponsorship route. Please note, this is just my experience and what I have seen happening, not any official word.

Can I get full GMC registration without PLAB, Membership exams or MTI posts?

Yes, you can by using the sponsorship route and the GMC website has a list of the trust who can sponsor your GMC registration.

You still need to do the English competency exam to get GMC registration.

Check out the link below

What have you seen happening in practice?

In my experience, the hospitals prefer to employ doctors with GMC registration and this sponsorship route is used by hospitals for specialties, geographical areas and grades where there is an acute shortage of doctors and they can not employ via normal recruitment routes.

This unusually applies to middle-grade level non-training grade positions in specialties like for example psychiatry for experienced doctors in psychiatry.

Some hospitals will run international follow type adverts to employ doctors and they will appear from time to time on the NHS jobs website.

Is the GMC registration permanent when you get it via this route?

Yes, the GMC registration is permanent and when you change the job, you will still be registered. The GMC registration via sponsorship route does not mandate you to only work for that particular employer.

What about the visa type?

Unless the employer uses the MTI route, you should get a Tier-2 visa.

How should I find these posts and how should I apply?

You should look out for these adverts on the NHS jobs website where they are recruiting for example the international fellows. If you are an experienced doctor, you can apply for specialty doctor positions in the NHS using the NHS jobs website or the trac job website but explain clearly in your application that you do not have GMC registration and will require the trust to sponsor your GMC registration if you are successful in the interview stage.

What do you advise?

I normally advise experienced doctors to consider the membership route as it has other advantages as membership not only gives you a stamp of recognition and knowledge but also helps you progress to the training grades.

But there is no harm in trying for the sponsorship route.

Best Wishes

Published by Raja Adnan Ahmed

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist working in South Wales. I am interested in raising awareness of mental illness, fighting the stigma around mental health and also medical education. I am passionate about supporting junior doctors & IMGs.

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