International GP recruitment and I and R pathways

There are now 3 different pathways for those on the induction and refresher scheme, depending on a GP’s previous experience and their route back into General Practice . The pathways are as below:


  1. GP Returner scheme for GP’s with prior NHS work experience and entry can either be via the assessments (MCQ followed by a simulated surgery) or the portfolio route, for those GPs meeting the specific criteria.
  2. GP Induction scheme for GP’s entering NHS GP for 1st time from outside the UK, but choosing to come independently, entry via the assessments (MCQ followed by simulated surgery)
  3. 3.       International GP Recruitment project for overseas GPs. This will be a new recruitment initiative, commencing April 2018 in Europe lead by NHS England, working with specific CCGS from under-doctored areas. It is likely there will be skype interviews and a “meet and greet” weekend for European doctors to be assessed and understand more about being a GP in the UK. These GPs will have an observation period within General Practice to help them prepare for the assessments (MCQ followed by a simulated surgery). Once these are passed, these GPs will be supported in their GP post like other induction and refresher doctors. Further details available at

Within Kent, Surrey and Sussex, Kent and Medway will be involved in this initiative in one of the initial phases.

If you have any questions about the above pathways, please contact Mary-Rose Shears, Induction and Refresher lead,