International GP recruitment (IGPR)

The International GP Recruitment project is one of the three different pathways for those on the Induction and Refresher (I&R) scheme, depending on a GPs previous experience and their route back into general practice.

GP Returner scheme

  • for GPs with prior NHS work experience
  • entry can either be via the assessment route (a multiple choice quiz – MCQ, followed by a simulated surgery) or the portfolio route for those GPs meeting the specific criteria

GP Induction scheme

  • for GPs entering NHS general practice for first time from outside the UK, but choosing to come independently
  • entry via the assessment route (MCQ followed by simulated surgery)

International GP Recruitment project

This is a new recruitment initiative in Europe, which was announced in August 2017. The initiative is led by NHS England, working with specific CCGs from under-doctored areas.

The first phase within Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) was led by Thanet CCG to recruit GPs for East Kent and Swale. Some European GPs commenced in placements in October 2018. There are initial Skype interviews, followed by a “meet and greet” visit for European GPs to be assessed and understand more about working in the NHS.

These GPs have a preparatory period within general practice to support them with their assessments (MCQ followed by a simulated surgery). Once these are passed, these GPs will enter the induction phase, in which they will be supported and assessed like other I&R doctors. 

The International GP programme directors (IGPR PDs) lead the educational programme and placements. Within our geography we collaborate with other local providers, drawing on their expertise of successfully employing medical staff from overseas and sharing educational opportunities. 

In some European countries, GPs have less expertise in certain clinical areas, such as Paediatrics, Gynaecology and Palliative Care. The IGPR PDs liaise with foundation programme directors, college tutors and other educational colleagues to explore the opportunities for these GPs to develop relevant competencies.  

HEE KSS supports and welcomes these European GPs to ensure best medical care for the local population within the NHS. 


Sharon Norton, Primary Care Administrator


Dr Sadhana Brydie, Patch Associate Dean & Induction and Refresher Scheme Lead

Dr Akos Aidoo, IGPR PD for Kent

Dr Hana Patel, IGPR PD for Surrey

Dr Caroline Smith, IGPR PD for Sussex