BMA guidance

Toolkit for doctors new to the UK

A resource to help support doctors and international medical graduates just starting out in the NHS. Including guidance on communication, NHS structures and an explanation of doctor's job titles.

Location: UK International
Audience: International doctors All doctors
Updated: Monday 6 June 2022
Topics: International doctors
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Starting out in a new country, in a brand new role, is never easy. This toolkit gives tips on interacting with others and how to settle into your new home. The BMA is here to help support you through this transition, with employment and ethical queries.


What you'll get from this toolkit

  • Practical advice for your arrival into the UK, including how to maintain a social life, set up a bank account and find a place to live.
  • How to settle in at work, a guide to the types of doctors you will come across and how the NHS is structured.
  • How to communicate with patients and your colleagues, and what customs and practices might be different in the UK than to your home country.
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