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Applying from overseas

The NHS is the largest single employer in the UK, employing over a million people, five per cent of the UK's working population. Our workforce is extremely diverse and multicultural - just like our patients. And we often look beyond the UK and Europe to attract the best talent. Applications are particularly welcome from professionally-qualified healthcare staff from outside the UK.

Here are the main things to be aware of if you are applying for a job with the NHS from overseas.

Check the person specification

You will find a 'person specification' on all jobs advertised on the site. This sets out the requirements you will need to have to be considered for the role. Make sure you have the relevant experience and qualifications before applying for a job. Only applicants who demonstrate clearly in their application form that they meet the essential criteria for the post will be considered for interview. For very popular posts, employers may only consider those applicants who also meet the desired criteria outlined on the person specification.

International recruitment of healthcare professionals

NHS Jobs follows the code of practice for the international recruitment of healthcare professionals. This promotes the best possible standards in international recruitment, and discourages any inappropriate practices that could harm other countries' healthcare systems or the interests of those who apply for posts.

Professional registration

If you are applying for a post that requires professional registration, you will need to register with the appropriate regulatory body. If you are registered in your home country, but do not have UK registration, some NHS employers may be able to help with this.

Find out more about the system for assessing immigration applications for the UK on the Health Careers website.

Right to work in the UK

The current points-based immigration system is the UK's mechanism for managing applications by individuals from outside the UK and Ireland. Find out more about this

Find out more about the system for assessing immigration applications for the UK on the Health Careers website.