Selection and assessment processes in many occupations have become more sophisticated and competency-based over the last few years. Employers seek ever more discerning methods to differentiate between talented candidates, whilst recruitment practices have taken a more scientific approach to finding who will be the best fit in a role.
These pages provide general information and advice on:
All posts are appointed to in open competition. This means that they are advertised and must be applied for by following the given instructions. Most posts are advertised via the NHS Jobs website and some in British Medical Journal Careers. Types of post available for GMC registered doctors include:
Many international graduates hope at some stage to apply to specialty training in the UK, subject to eligibility. Guidance on eligibility requirements can be found on the www.mmc.nhs.uk website.
You would also need to show evidence of Foundation Level Competencies. Whilst it is not essential to have completed the full Foundation Training Programme, it is essential that you can demonstrate that you have gained experience and evidence which are equivalent to those outlined in the Foundation Programme Curriculum. Go to the UK Foundation Programme site:
This gives information on:
If you don’t already have a portfolio of career achievement, you should use a lever-arch file, with clear indexing, to collect and present all your certificates, achievements and evidence of work-based assessments. There are several useful articles about creating and presenting portfolios in BMJ careers online:
A local Foundation Programme Director or an Educational Supervisor would be able to guide you in building up your evidence and completing a form or verifying evidence to confirm that you have achieved the necessary competencies. You will need to include this as part of a specialty training application. There is no single standard form for this but there will be processes and procedures in place for different specialties. You should therefore check the applicant guidelines for the recruiting specialty to see what is required e.g. for Core Medical Training posts, there are Certificate A or B forms with full details on completion within the applicant guidelines.
Get support when you relocate
If you want to come to Wales to work from a different country, our health boards and trusts can offer you a range of relocation packages to help you and your family settle in a smoothly as possible.
Help to return-to-practice
We welcome nurses and midwives who want to come back into the profession. A £1,000 bursary is available for nurses and specialist community public health nurses, and £1.500 for midwives who undertake a return to practice course in Wales.
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