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Who can apply?

You can apply for the scheme if you are:

  • A doctor who has never worked as a NHS GP. You would take the induction route through the scheme.
  • A GP who has previously worked in the NHS but been out of NHS general practice for more than two years and wishes to return to work in England. You would take the refresher route through the scheme.

Within the refresher route there is the option of:

  • An assessment review: This includes a career review interview, multiple choice questionnaire, simulated surgery and a placement in a GP surgery with work-based assessments.
  • The portfolio route: This route allows doctors to supply a portfolio of documents that demonstrates their skills have been maintained while overseas and to complete the majority of their assessments while still overseas and are currently still working in this role. For more information about this route and applying, please see the RCGP website. This option is instead of the assessment review. There is a short one month placement and report.

To qualify for the scheme you also need to have in place the necessary licenses and qualifications. Depending on your experience you will need to be:

  • medically qualified and have completed formal training as a general practitioner in the UK (CCT or JCPTGP), approved EU qualification or hold a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR)
  • on the GMC GP Register, without GMC conditions or undertakings (except those relating solely to health matters) and hold a current licence to practice as a GP
  • able to work or hold a visa that permits you to work in the UK.

To practice as a NHS GP in England you will need to apply and be granted approval by NHS England to be included on the Medical Performers List (MPL). This approval is granted ‘with conditions’. Once you have completed the scheme you will be granted full inclusion on the MPL (without conditions) and allowed to work as a fully independent general practitioner.

Doctors with conditions related to performance or concerns are managed under separate NHS England guidelines.

Read our frequently asked questions for more information about applying. Watch our short film.