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Refugee doctors make a valuable contribution to the delivery of healthcare services in the UK.

We have been involved in many initiatives, working with a broad coalition of other organisations, to help you pursue your career in the UK. The BMA Refugee Doctor Initiative is a special package of free benefits, available to refugee and asylum seeking doctors as they seek to establish their careers in the UK.

Find out more about the initiative.

  • Guidance for refugee doctors

    Refugee doctors make a valuable contribution to the delivery of healthcare services in the UK.

    We have been involved in many initiatives, working with a broad coalition of other organisations, to help you pursue your career in the UK.

    The BMA Refugee Doctor Initiative is a special package of free benefits, available to refugee and asylum seeking doctors as they seek to establish their careers in the UK.

     

      Refugee Doctor Initiative

      Free benefits of belonging to the initiative include:

      • Free weekly subscription to The BMJ (including the BMJ Careers supplement, giving details of hundreds of NHS jobs).
      • Free weekly subscription to BMA News, and access to the News, views and analysis on the BMA website which covers a wide range of issues including medico-political and health stories.
      • A confidential 24-hour telephone counselling service is available to refugee doctors and their families for all personal, emotional, work or study related problems. Call 0330 123 1245 (all calls are charged at local rates). Further information is also available on our Doctors' well-being section.
      • Use of the BMA library including access to the Medline Plus search facility via the internet or on computers at the library. The ebook collection is also a popular resource with over 1000 texts that can be accessed online.
      • Guidance notes and reports on a wide range of subjects.
      • Local BMA support - staff within the BMA's local and national offices can help you make contact with relevant education organisations and advise you on contracts of employment. Your name can also be added to invitation lists for local BMA meetings. While staff do not provide career advice, they may be able to identify local sources of support. Doctors already registered with the GMC or who are entitled to GMC registration should join the BMA as full members to receive detailed employment advice.
      • Information and advice from the BMA International Department. Under UK Immigration legislation we cannot advise on asylum cases, but we can give general advice for international medical graduates wanting to work in the UK. This department also coordinates BMA activities and provides information on other projects to help refugee doctors.

       

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      BMA Refugee Doctor Initiative application form (PDF)

      Please complete the form and send to:

      BMA Membership Department
      BMA House
      Tavistock Square
      London
      WC1H 9BR

      Tel: 020 7383 6955

    • Organisations which can help refugee doctors

      Refugee doctors can seek help and advice from other organisations and projects who specialise in these issues. 

      Please note that these links are to sites unrelated to the BMA. We cannot accept responsibility for their content.