The International Induction Programme (IIP) has two programme pathways available for applicants.

Learning Needs Assessment (LNA)

The LNA programme is 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 General Medical Council (GMC) and the doctor is included on the GMC GP register and has a Licence to practise

You are required to undertake the LNA, which includes:

  • an MCQ assessment, which consists of two papers, a Clinical Problem Solving MCQ and a Professional Dilemma’s MCQ (also known as the Situational Judgement Test)
  • a tailored clinical placement of up to 6 months

Overseas doctors with non-EEA qualifications must apply to the GMC for a Certificate of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR) first before applying for the IIP programme. For further information, visit the LNA pathway page.

Important: Health and Care Worker visa requirements

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, visit the Health and Care Worker Visa requirements for non UK citizens webpage.

Streamlined CEGPR Process

The Streamlined CEGPR Process Assessment is for GPs qualified overseas from designated GMC approved training programmes outside the UK.

Currently, the following countries' training programmes are recognised for this pathway - Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

To apply, you must submit a portfolio of current clinical work to RCGP panel for evaluation and approval by the GMC.

This is followed by a tailored clinical placement of 3 to 6 months.

Visit the Streamlined CEGPR Process page for further information.

Next step

Once you have decided which pathway is appropriate to you, download and complete the registration form.

Page last reviewed: 20 July 2022
Next review due: 20 July 2023

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