In conjunction with North Staffordshire GP Federation and Staffordshire Training Hub, approval has been sought to support an ‘International Doctor Recruitment’. International recruitment of qualified GPs in Staffordshire is very small as the NHSE campaign had very limited success and funding has subsequently ceased. Therefore, in order to follow the sentiment of supporting international doctors we have approval from the 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 for the following:
- To support overseas doctors who have accepted permanent GP posts (not locums) in Staffordshire. Most of these will be doctors who have trained in the three vocational training schemes in Staffordshire.
- Doctors who stay in the UK who do not have residency would require initially Tier 2 Visa sponsorship by a GP practice. We have approval to reimburse practices the full amount of £536
¨ Doctors who commit to remaining in the UK would need to apply for permanent residency ie ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain.’ The full costs are £2,389. We have approval that any GP who commits to remaining in Staffordshire for at least 2 years can apply for reimbursement of this fee.
Numbers would be limited by funds available, and be on a first come basis. Funding can be applied for retrospective to the 1st April 2020
Applications forms can be obtained from Kayleigh.Buttery@northstaffs.nhs.uk