Step-by-Step Guide & Application Process

Step-by-Step Guide & Application Process

Once you have registered with the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) for the scheme, you will be linked to the HEE programme lead for the area you wish to move too and also have help from a dedicated account manager from the NHS England North West (NW) team who will guide you through the Medical Performers List (MPL) application process when required and help you secure any financial and practical support you need.

As described on this website, there are a few steps you will need to undertake to be able to register and work as a GP in the NHS.

Please Note - From 1 January 2021, all EEA nationals (except Irish citizens) and international doctors will require a Health and Care 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 (Health and Care Worker Visa requirements for non UK citizens).

Register for the Programme

Apply for the GP International Induction Program as soon as you know you want to join or need advice about it. Information about the programmee can be found on this website or you can go straight to the application form here.

GMC registrations and obtain licences

If you have qualified outside the UK and have never previously worked in the NHS you will need to contact the GMC for registration of your EU qualifications or if outside the EU apply to the GMC for a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR). You will also require a Licence to Practise (LtP) as a GP. There is a lot of paperwork so please read through their site carefully. You will also be required to have a face to face document check in London or Manchester.


We will start assessing your learning needs

Once your registration for the IIP programme has been processed, your details will be passed to an HEE lead in the area you intend to practise. They will arrange an appointment to review your previous training and experience and advise on the next steps.

Prior to the appointment, you will be given access to complete the Self-Assessment.

This appointment can be done face-to-face, or online if you are living overseas. You will also be given a dedicated HEE Programme Manager to help guide you through the scheme process. Once you’ve been accepted onto the scheme the HEE lead will guide you through the learning needs assessment and arrange access to the on-line learning resources.

The HEE local team can arrange short observational placements before you sit and pass the Learning Needs Assessments (LNA) and commence a clinical IIP placement to help familiarise yourself with the role of a current NHS GP.

To practise as an NHS GP in the UK you have to apply to be on the Medical Performers List. (MPL) Your application will be managed by the North West  NHS England and NHS Improvement team.

If you have not practised as an NHS GP before, you have to complete the IIP scheme to be included as an independent practitioner on the MPL.

If you are undertaking the Learning Needs Assessment pathway you should only book to take the multiple-choice questions (MCQ) when you are ready. This may be deferred for up to 12 months from date of initial registration to allow you time to prepare for the assessments. The GPNRO will review with you your plans at 6 and 12 months to check if you still plan to enter the IIP Programme.

Please click on this link for further detailed information on the step by step guidelines for each IIP pathway.

Eligibility for the programme does not guarantee acceptance onto the programme which is dependent on funding and availability of willing practices for placements.

To apply for the programme, please complete the IIP registration form and email this with the required supporting information to

Don’t forget you can read our FAQs.