To register for the International Induction Programme (IIP) you will have to go through a series of assessments and applications.

You should register with the GP National Recruitment Office (NRO) as soon as you know you want to undertake the IIP, or need advice about it.

To register, download the IIP registration form and send this to the GP NRO. At this stage you do not need to be registered with the GMC to apply.

They will send your form to the appropriate local HEE team where you wish to be for your placement and future work.

Once the local HEE lead has approved your application, you will be sent a link to complete the self-test assessment. This will need to be completed prior to your interview.

All forms should be sent to the GPNRO team via email as attachments, in a clear version, correct format and PDF attachment only.

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.

The local HEE team for the IIP will contact you to arrange a review with the HEE Educational Lead and include access to the self-test assessment. If you do not receive contact from your local HEE team within 5 working days, contact the NRO who will assist you further.

Following the review with the HEE Educational Lead, they will be able to advise you on the next steps in your application process. This may include:

  • advice that you should undertake an unpaid Observation Placement in a GP practice. This can be arranged by the HEE Educational Lead. You do not need a Health and Care Worker Visa for this
  • approval to apply for the IIP Learning Needs Assessment (LNA) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) route
  • advice on what further requirements you may need to meet before you can undertake the IIP

The HEE Educational Lead will inform the NRO of the agreed outcome plan.

The NRO will arrange access to the online educational modules and Associate Membership of the RCGP for 12 months.

Learning Needs Assessment route

Once the GP NRO has been informed that you will be taking the LNA route you may register to sit the MCQ in a UK based Pearson Vue test centre or an approved overseas test centre. Once registered the GP NRO will notify the local NHSE/I team of your application.

The MCQ assessment must be passed for entry to the programme, and up to four attempts are permitted. For further information visit the MCQ page.

At the same time, you should apply for inclusion onto the English MPL via Primary Care Support England.

Please be aware the MPL application can take up to 3 months, or occasionally longer especially if checks are required from outside the UK.

There is limited financial support to help with formal application. Please visit the financial support and funding page for further information.

Page last reviewed: 21 July 2022
Next review due: 21 July 2023

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