Eligibility Application: GMC Registration FAQs

General Registration Queries:

What type of GMC registration is required for entry to foundation training?

Provisional registration with a licence to practise. 

If you are unsure which registration to apply for, use the GMC’s online applicant registration tool to identify the correct application for you and provide you guidance on the steps you need to take. Please click here to use the tool.

Do I need to be provisionally registered with the GMC when I submit my application?

No. You will need to have applied for and obtained provisional registration by the start of the programme. You are advised to apply for registration at least three months before the start of the programme.

For further information on applying for registration with the GMC, please visit their website here.

I have experience of working in a clinical setting, what level of registration will I be eligible for?

Applicants who have postgraduate experience of working in a clinical setting are advised to liaise with the General Medical Council (GMC) about their registration status. For example, applicants who have undertaken a 12-month internship may be eligible for full registration with the GMC, rendering them ineligible to apply for foundation training.

We would advise you to use the GMC’s online applicant registration tool to identify the correct application for you and provide you guidance on the steps you need to take. Please click here to use the tool.

What is an internship?

The definition of an internship is a period of pre-graduate or post-graduate clinical experience prior to having a licence to practise medicine unsupervised. You can check if your internship is acceptable on the GMC website here.

PLAB Queries:

This table will tell you whether you need to complete PLAB, but if in doubt please contact the GMC.
What are PLAB 1 and 2?

The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB 1 & 2) is the assessment set by the GMC for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK.

To obtain provisional registration, many applicants qualifying outside the UK are required to pass the Professional Language Assessment Board (PLAB) examinations; PLAB 1 and PLAB 2. The nationality provided on your application form will be used to determine if you are required to pass PLAB.

Please visit the GMC website for more information on the requirements for gaining provisional registration. If you have any specific queries in relation to PLAB, please contact the GMC directly. Applicants are required to hold provisional registration with the GMC in order work as an F1 doctor, so you must follow the GMC requirements for PLAB if you are required to pass PLAB.

If I have to complete PLAB, what evidence does my eligbility application form need to provide?

If you have not yet qualified from medical school:

You must either provide evidence that you are not required to take the PLAB examinations (the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office will be able to determine this from your passport and medical degree certificate).

OR

Provide, as part of your eligibility application, a valid Dean’s Statement showing that you will qualify from medical school by Thursday 1st October 2020. You would not be required to submit/upload any further evidence on Oriel.

If you have already qualified from medical school:

You must upload evidence related to your GMC registration status by uploading ONE of the following:

•A copy of the letter from the GMC confirming that you already have provisional registration with a licence to practise.

•Evidence that you are not required to take the PLAB examinations (the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office will be able to determine this from your passport and medical degree certificate).

•A copy of the email/ letter from the GMC proving you have successfully passed PLAB 1 or PLAB 2.

•A copy of the confirmation email/letter from the GMC showing that you have booked a place to take the PLAB 1 examination (no later than 5th November 2020).

How do I provide evidence of completion of PLAB 1 and/or PLAB 2 after I have submitted my eligibility application?

The previous FAQ explains what evidence you must provide concerning PLAB, at the time of submitting your eligibility application.

If, however, you have not sat and passed all of your PLAB tests at the time of your eligibility application (which is often the case), then you will need to continue to update the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office every time you book and/or pass a PLAB test.

To do this, after you have submitted your eligibility application, you must email helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk each time that you book another PLAB test, or receive confirmation from the GMC that you have passed another PLAB test.

You must make sure that your email forwards confirmation from the GMC, as this is all we can accept as proof. You must do this, by the deadlines specified (in the FAQ below and the eligibility guidance), otherwise we will have no proof that you have completed PLAB, and you will not be able to begin the programme in August 2021.

What are the deadlines for booking/completing PLAB 1 and PLAB 2?

You do not need to complete PLAB 1 and/or 2 at the time of making your eligibility application. There are however deadlines for completing PLAB, which are explained in the eligibility guidance and the high-level timeline available on the Eligibility application page.

We have been working closely with the GMC in regards to PLAB 1 and PLAB 2. The GMC has made additional seats available for PLAB 1 in February 2021 and the UKFPO have agreed that this will not affect your eligibility. Only UKFP candidates and a small number of other doctors have been given access to these seats.

It is on the onus of the applicant to ensure they booked and have completed both parts of PLAB and have obtained provisional registration by August 2021. This process can take several months, so you will need to sit / pass PLAB 1 during the February assessment to allow enough time to sit / pass PLAB 2 and submit your application for registration.

If you do not pass either part of PLAB and / or meet the deadline for the sittings to obtain provisional registration, your application will be deemed Ineligible.

If you have any questions about PLAB please email PLAB@gmc-uk.org. And if you have any questions about the Foundation Programme, please email helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.

PLAB 1:

– To take PLAB 1, you must have qualified from medical school

– You must complete and pass PLAB 1 by February 2021.

PLAB 2:

– To take PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, your date of qualification from medical school must be no later than Thursday 1st October 2020.

– You must complete and pass PLAB 2, in time to gain your provisional registration with the GMC, before the Foundation Programme commences, i.e. before 4th August 2021.

– You must provide proof of your completion of PLAB 2, to the UKFPO, before the Foundation Programme commences, i.e. before 4th August 2021.

Disclaimer for Right to Work Information

Although every effort has been made to ensure that this guidance is accurate and up-to date at the time of publication, the right for overseas citizens to work in the UK is governed by legislation which may change from time to time, and is ultimately a matter for Parliament and the courts. The UKFPO accepts no responsibility or liability where the content of this guidance is relied upon and later found to be inaccurate, or legislation is changed. You are advised to check the up-to-date position using the web links provided.

UK Home Office

Applying to work as a European doctor in the UK

Immigration rules and the points-based system

The UK’s points-based immigration system – further details

Settlement and permanent residency

EU or EEA family permit

UK ancestry

Family members of EEA citizens