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Every year about 6000 new international doctors come to work in the UK. A 2011 report by the GMC 'The state of Medical Education and Practice in the UK' reported that most non-UK qualified doctors are unfamiliar with the ethical and legal framework of UK clinical practice. The GMC suggest that the NHS Trusts should strengthen induction and support systems for international doctors to enhance patient care.
e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) has collaborated with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and developed an eLearning programme; Induction for International Doctors to introduce overseas doctors to NHS working practices .
'Induction for International Doctors' is an online programme which introduces internationally qualified doctors, who are new to UK clinical practice, to UK specific ethical, social, legal and professional aspects of clinical practice.
The programme has 26 interactive e-learning modules produced by Central Manchester University Hospitals, along with a number of sessions taken from other e-LfH programmes which supplement the focus of the programme. Sessions include case-based scenarios and are intentionally generic in content, thereby making them useful for doctors of any specialty and grade.
It is expected that this e-learning programme will act as a strong foundation and will be a driver for new international doctors to commence a focussed discussion with their educational supervisors, to develop professional development plans and to undertake additional training as per their speciality / Trust needs.
This e-learning programme is available to all employers/Colleges to use for their new non-UK qualified doctors; employed or sponsored by them. New International doctors can directly register to complete this online programme and is free to register and use.
There was a UK-wide need for an international induction programme for a long time and we were regularly contacted by many national organisations with a request to access our online programme. This programme is now freely available to be used by 6000 new international doctors every year.
The programme can be accessed here.
Dr Sujesh Bansal is the CMFT Project lead
We have a guide for doctors new to the UK and further information on life and work in the UK