International GPs

We welcome international GPs in Greater Manchester and all of the initiatives outlined below are available in across our 10 boroughs.

NHS England is supporting family doctors who work in European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Australia to come and work in England, whether you were trained as a family doctor / general practitioner (GP) abroad or qualified in the United Kingdom (UK). In the UK, family doctors are known as GPs.

Benefits of the programme:

  • Support with your English language to reach the required standard
  • Choose where in England you would like to live and work
  • Relocation package and support
  • Attractive starting salary
  • Ongoing training and education
  • Exciting career path and opportunity to specialise
For full details please visit:

The scheme is designed for GPs who have previously been on the GMC Register and NHS England’s National Performers List (Medical) and who would like to return to general practice after a career break, raising a family or time spent working abroad. The scheme also supports the safe introduction of overseas GPs who have qualified outside the UK and have no previous NHS experience. For more information visit the General Practice National Recruitment Office at

The Portfolio Route gives the option for GPs, who have worked in UK general practice for at least a year, or left within a year of completing training, and are working abroad in a similar primary care setting, to return smoothly to the UK by providing information from their overseas practice rather than take the Induction and Refresher Scheme assessments. Ideally, before a GP leaves the UK to start a new job abroad they should familiarise themselves with the requirements of the Portfolio Route. For more information, visit the General Practice National Recruitment Office at: and the RCGP website at:  (RCGP members only)

The Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) is an alternative route to the GP Register if you are not eligible for a CCT but believe your training, qualifications and experience are equivalent. This might be because:

  • you have trained and worked as a general practitioner outside the UK
  • you are combining training in the CCT programme with other relevant training and experience

For full details and FAQs, please visit:

Please see the Tier 2 Doctors page

Living and working in the UK as a GP: a guide for overseas doctors and their families

Adapting to UK medical practice can be hard for any doctor, regardless of where you’re from or how experienced you are. There can be significant differences in practising medicine in your home country and the UK, and it can be difficult to adjust to working in a new culture. The GMC’s free workshop is designed to help doctors new to the UK, by offering practical guidance about ethical scenarios you may encounter, and the chance to connect with other doctors coming from abroad.

The GMC has an office in central Manchester and you can book a place on a workshop here