Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

International Medical Graduates

In our region, we are lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of a diverse population of GP trainees drawn from all over the world. As educators we also know that this group face considerable challenges in understanding the culture and language of a new country and in engaging with the GP Curriculum.

Every February and August the GP School runs an Enhanced Induction for IMGs beginning their GP Training, if you would like more information on the Enhanced Induction please see below.

For more resources please see below.



Enhanced Induction

The Enhanced Induction has been developed by our Performance Team for any trainee who graduated Medical School outside the UK. 

It is a two day course and the attendance is mandatory if you have been invited.

Day 1 - Practicalities of working as GP in the NHS

Topics covered will include:

  • the NHS, how it works and your role
  • trust and being a doctor
  • the GP as gatekeeper
  • how is the NHS funded
  • the multi-disciplinary primary care team and where you fit in
  • how do patients access their GP
  • the role of the receptionist, pharmacist, midwife, district nurse
  • record keeping
  • results and referrals
  • a virtual patient journey


Day 2 – Workshop Based

Topics covered will include:

  • Life as an IMG trainee
  • Integrating in the NHS and the UK
  • Communication skills –consulting like a GP
  • Linguistics – the Yorkshire language and culture
  • Eportfolio and Organisation
Enhanced support placement for NHS naïve trainees

Yorkshire and The Humber Primary Care School offer all international graduates who are new to the NHS a 2-week enhanced support period allowing PGDiTs to settle into their ward or department and understand the functions and processes of an unfamiliar environment. All PGDiTs entering their first Trust post will be offered this enhanced placement in the Trust, irrespective of whether they are coming new to the GP training programme, or are coming from an initial placement in general practice. PGDiTs undertaking this placement will be able to experience the work of the department during normal daytime hours, with no out of hours working. This will enable them to work alongside the team without any additional pressure, and familiarise themselves with Trust systems and processes before they have the potential to be on a rota. PGDiTs will attend a simulation day focusing on human factors, and management of the deteriorating patient, which will help them manage these situations on the wards. They will also attend a student-led linguistics coaching session while they are supernumerary and can be released for this training.

Social Integration / Social Prescribing

HEE's social prescribing scheme provides individual support (face to face, online / virtual, telephone) for Health Education England (HEE) GP trainees and their direct family members to explore ways of improving health and wellbeing.

The following flyers give examples of how it can help

More information on social prescribing and social integration can be found on our Social Integration page.

Near-peer linguistic coaching

The School of Primary Care recognises that the transition to UK living/working may be stressful, so we have set up a buddying scheme with non-medical linguistic/language students that are ready to help you settle into life in the UK whilst celebrating the culture and diversity that is all around. If you are new to the UK/NHS, you will be offered a 2-week enhanced support period when you arrive (if you start in a hospital post) and during this time we will arrange an initial meeting with your buddy so you can ask them anything you like about life in the UK in the area you have moved to. There are many different dialects even within Yorkshire and our aim is to try and provide you with support in understanding these. Your buddy is there for you to ask any questions about UK language, culture but will not be able to help with things such as ‘which is the best school’ ‘how do I get a driving licence’ etc, (this is covered under our social prescribing service) they are there to help you decipher the many weird and wonderful idioms that the English language possesses. There are no silly questions, they are here to help you learn both for your own personal growth and also communication with colleagues/patients.


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Organisations to be aware of


General Medical Council


Health Education England


National Health Service


NHS England


International English Language Testing System


Occupational English Test


GP National Recruitment Office


Royal College of General Practitioners


British Medical Association


Clinical Commissioning Group


Department of Health and Social Care


HM Revenue and Customs


National Medical Performers List for England


Public Health England


Care Quality Commission


UK Visas and Immigration


NHS Improvement


eLearning for Healthcare module:

Other Resources:


Passing the CSA
How I passed the CSA having failed It

For Trainers:

Educational possibilities arising from IMG curriculum evaluation

Learning from a trainee who had problems