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Gateway Plus Programme

What is the Gateway Plus Programme?

The Gateway Plus Programme has been specifically created to support International Medical Graduates obtain their first role as a Doctor in the NHS. It allows you to build on your existing experience, working at an appropriate grade to gain new and relevant experience in the NHS during 24 months of employment. Gateway Plus Doctors will initially work equivalent to FY2 level, before moving on to a higher grade, when assessed as capable by the Gateway Partner.*

Gateway Plus Doctors are paid equivalent to the level at which they work.


Is the Gateway Plus Programme right for me?

You can apply for this programme if you are an International Medical Graduate. We accept applications from Doctors, with varying levels of experience, gained in their country of origin. Apply for the Gateway Plus programme if:

  • You have GMC registration and a licence to practise
  • Are looking for up to 24 months employment
  • Opportunity to work in a specialty reflecting your experience


Next Steps

Please register your interest if you are an International Medical Graduate with GMC registration, a license to practise and are looking for opportunities to start your career in the NHS through the Gateway Plus Programme.

Register your interest


Applications are considered on a continuous basis, and you could start the programme at any point throughout the year.

Based on the information you submit we will triage your application and invite you to the next stage where our dedicated team will support you through the process.


Why choose the Gateway Plus Programme:

  • Access to a mentorship programme provided by senior clinicians, if required
  • The Gateway Plus Programme and all of the below is free of charge to all Gateway Plus Doctors
  • 24 months continuous employment at one of our Gateway Partners across the UK, in your preferred specialty
  • A dedicated Gateway team at NHS Professionals to support you with:
    • 30 hours a year of accredited learning designed specifically to meet your needs
    • Appraisal support including, preparation for and completion of your annual appraisal, meeting GMC requirements
    • Guidance in creating your own Personal Development Plan
    • Support with the next steps in your career
  • Access to Doctors Direct Webinars
  • A Lead at each Gateway Partner to support your career progression and access to
  • Access to a mentorship programme provided by senior clinicians
  • Access to counselling support if required


*The Gateway Partner refers to an NHS Trust in England, a health board in a devolved nation, or an Integrated Care System, who will be your employer, they will be responsible for provision of Visa Sponsorship. The majority of Doctors will start initially equivalent to an FY2.