GP International Induction Programme (2021)

GP International Induction Programme (2021)


The NHS GP International Induction Programme (IIP) provides a supported pathway for overseas qualified GPs to be inducted safely into NHS General Practice.

The programmes are designed for GPs who have never previously worked in NHS General Practice in the UK.

All GPs are required to be on the GMC GP register with a License to Practise and be on the NHS England’s Medical Performers List before they can practise.

The IIP must be completed before GPs can be approved for full inclusion on to the Medical Performers List as an independent NHS general practitioner.

From 1 January 2021, all EEA nationals (except Irish citizens) and international doctors will require a Skilled Worker visa to work in the UK. For details on Visa applications and support from NHS England and NHS Improvement when applying please follow this link (Skilled Worker Visa requirements for non UK citizens).

The UK is made up of four countries and you will need to click on one of the following links for information on their schemes if you plan to work in one of these regions:


Read our step by step guide for more details about the Medical Performers List.

  • Join GP Performers List via PCSE Online System Click here  


Once you have decided which programme is appropriate to you, please click on the following link to complete the registration form.


Please note -

  • Although the 2018/ 2020 International GP Recruitment Program has now closed for new applicants (See link for further details) please see below for all available programmes.


In the GP International Induction Programme there are two different programmes -

1. Induction as standalone application by Learning Needs Assessment

  • For doctors who qualified as a GP overseas or in the European Economic Area (EEA) but who have never previously worked in the NHS as a GP. This includes:
    • EEA qualified doctors who will continue to have automatic recognition of qualifications
    • Doctors whose training has been recognised by the GMC and the doctor is included on the GMC GP register and has a Licence to practise
  • You are required to undertake the Learning Needs Assessments:
    • The MCQ consists of two papers, a Clinical Problem Solving MCQ and a Professional Dilemma’s MCQ (also known as the Situational Judgement Test)
    • Followed by a Simulated Surgery unless the doctor attains a by-pass score at the MCQ
  • This is followed by a tailored clinical placement of up to 6 months
  • Overseas doctors with non-EEA qualifications must apply to the GMC for a CEGPR first before applying for the IIP programme

2. Induction via Streamlined CEGPR Process Assessment

  • For GP’s qualified overseas from designated GMC approved training programmes outside the UK.
  • Currently the following countries training programmes are recognised - Australia, Canada, New Zealand & South Africa.
  • Submit a portfolio of current clinical work to RCGP panel for evaluation & approval by the GMC.
  • Followed by a tailored clinical placement of 3 to 6 months.


Features of the International Induction Programme include:

Career review

  • Once registered you will have a career & educational needs review with the local HEE training program director to approve your application and give you access to the online resources.
  • You will be given access to a Self-Assessment which is required to be completed prior to above review. 


Dedicated practical support

  • Access to a dedicated account manager to help guide you through the entire process. They can provide support such as
    • advice on completing forms and paperwork
    • assistance with arranging occupational health assessments
    • advice on arranging indemnity
    • coordinating assessments and placements on your behalf


Tailored to your needs

  • The programme includes a range of assessments including placements and simulated surgeries to support GPs on their journey to NHS general practice
  • The assessments can be tailored to fit around needs and personal commitments


Financial support

There’s a range financial support available too

  • This includes help with costs such as indemnity and a monthly clinical placement bursary of up to £3,500
  • Help towards the costs of child or social care
  • Help with visa costs and sponsorship for UK-qualified & non-EEA clinicians
  • You can find out more about how you can get help with funding here


More information about the progamme can be found on this website by reading our step by step guide and FAQs.

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