For a doctor, surgeon or a medical professional to be employed in the NHS (National Health Service), UK and to allow locum agencies to fully help them find the best job available, they must register with GMC – General Medicine Council. Almost all professional locum agencies support medical professionals validate themselves to work in UK with adequate documentation and other obligatory procedures.
A GMC certification is required when the candidate acquires a position that involves prescribing or selling medicinal drugs, signing birth or death certificates, or while applying for a doctor’s position in private healthcare industry.
Eligibility Criteria for GMC Registration:
The eligibility criterion depends on candidate’s nationality and the institution where he/she has acquired the specified qualification from. In addition, their experience, professional achievements and certificates promoting those specializations reason solid grounds for acquiring GMC certification.
Doctors receive different levels of registration under GMC that depends on their professional qualification and relevant experience. The levels of registration under GMC include provisional registration, full registration, specialist registration, temporary full registration and a GP registration.
Acquiring Full Registration
For doctors who have obtained their medical qualification from medical institutions in UK tertiary automatically qualify for full GMC registration. Apart from this, doctors who are nationals of EEA member state or those who have EC rights also qualify for GMC certification.
Furthermore IMG’s – International Medical Graduates, or those who are qualified from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Hong Kong, Singapore & Malaysia (provided their degree is awarded by University of Malaysia & before 2004) are qualified for GMC registration. If a doctor has worked over a period of time without being under supervision of any senior, they can apply for a full registration.
Acquiring Provisional Registration
Provisional registration facilitates locum doctors to qualify for medical jobs on Foundational I Level at hospitals and medical facilities. Doctors from UK’s medical universities with complete medical qualification can apply at F1 service rendering medical facilities. For foreign medical graduates wo have cleared PLAB assessment and completed primary medical training (but have yet to complete internship) also qualify for a provisional GMC registration.
Acquiring Specialist Registration
Since the responsibilities carried by a substantive consultant or specialist are quite immense, there is a strict screening procedure for receiving specialist registration from GMC. Aspiring candidates are advised to consult GMC’s website for thorough information on this.
Acquiring GP Registration
For doctors desiring to practice as a GP professional must have GP registration. They are required to complete a form known as GMS1, having personal & professional details about the doctor.
GMC has established stern regulations to qualify as locum medical professionals in UK in order to protect, promote and maintain health and safety of UK nationals.