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European GPs - join NHS England! An alternative to the traditional ‘I&R’ route and IELTS

As part of a national drive to increase GP numbers, NHS England in cooperation with Paragona has completed a successful pilot project to recruit 25 European GPs to work for the NHS in Lincolnshire.
The next phase of the project will now see a hundred GPs recruited to work in practices across the NHS Central Midlands region.
The recruitment and overseas training is being delivered for the NHS by Paragona, the company behind the successful pilot project in Lincolnshire. For 17 years Paragona has specialised in helping doctors and dentists to develop their careers by moving to new countries across Europe.

The offer includes:

  • 37.5 hour working week
  • Permanent contract of employment
  • Very attractive salary £90,000 per year or as a GP partner on average £150,000 gross per year
  • No IELTS - free of charge English course at the Paragona Campus
  • Free of charge journey to the Paragona Campus and back
  • Scholarship, free accommodation, free lunches, free study materials during the campus course
  • Online English course for family members
  • Full assistance with registration
  • An alternative to the traditional ‘I&R’ route upon arrival in the UK
  • Support with settlement (internet, bank account, finding an apartment, school and kindergarten etc.)
  • Generous relocation package
  • Coverage of the GMC registration and ID check costs


  • Medical diploma and specialist degree in Family Medicine compliant with the EU directive
  • EU/EEA nationality
  • Communicative level of English

The conditions will not be broken or changed to your disadvantage due to Brexit!


Watch insights from NHS England representatives and GPs who have already become a part of our programme!
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Paragona CEO, Kinga Lozinska about the uniqueness of the recruitment programme for GPs
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Contact us or register on this website to find out more.


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Children in the UK grow up in an interesting and diverse society. They can take pride in attending a great education system. The UK also offers great possibilities for recreation for children and a huge variety of sporting activities.

Learn more about how the Department for Children, Schools and Families leads work across Government to ensure a happy future for children on their YouTube channel.


The UK has good communications within the country. The British roads are known for their good standard and safety, as long as you remember to drive on the left! The UK has a well equipped rail system that allows you to reach cities within the country as well as to travel the continent with capitals such as Paris and Amsterdam served by express trains. Living in a country with good communcations allows you to live in one city and easily reach other cities of interest without too much trouble. You can read more about travelling or see more for yourself on Wegolo Flight Service.


The National Health Service (NHS) is the name for the publicly funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom. There are four independent health care systems within the UK; England - National Health Service, Scotland - NHS Scotland, Wales - NHS Wales and Northern Ireland - Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. With its 1,5 m employees, NHS employs more people than any other organization in Europe.

99 % of the population is registered with the NHS, and as such, they are entitled to free hospital treatments and doctor's visits. The NHS is government funded and ranked high in terms of cost-effectiveness. There is a private health care sector in the UK, for which you have to buy insurance cover. This sector is significantly smaller than the public, but often waiting times for elective surgery are much shorter.

As in many other European countries, the GP is the first point of contact for patients seeking medical care. GPs in the UK are self-employed, independent contractors and are paid by the NHS, on a fee-for service basis, to provide medical care.

Main responsibilities of the GPs in the UK differ from most other EU countries. They have deeper knowledge of diagnostics and treatment of health problems in all ages. A further difference is that the district nurses and other professionals perform duties that in some other EU countries are performed by doctors only. Another possibly distinctive approach to their daily work is the fact that the patients expect participation and information to a greater extent.

At the primary healthcare clinics there is usually equipment for minor surgery and various types of examinations, which in many other countries are carried out in hospitals or specialist clinics. Adequate referrals to other specialists is therefore only referrals for issues in which special equipment is required or in an unusual or difficult to treat condition, in which another specialist is necessary.

The work also includes child and maternal health care, preventive and rehabilitation. The work is done in collaboration with other professionals, in co-operation with additional authorities in the community.

The European Union has brought great opportunities for specialists in the field of family medicine (GP) seeking to move across European borders in search of personal and professional development. The Paragona team is passionate about helping professionals like yourself to take advantage of finding unique jobs for GPs. We will work hard to find a suitable job offer for you. When you sign the contract of employment, we provide you and your family with all the preparation and support you need to successfully meet the challenge. These jobs apply only to the European Union GPs.



Finding a suitable school for your child is an important part of settling in. As a parent in the UK you have the right to decide the kind of school that will educate your child. Working the UK you have the right to place your child in a state school free of charge. Over 90 % of all UK parents choose this option instead of choosing a private school. Children enrol in UK schools at the age of five. Those born between 1st September in one year and 31st August the following year will be in the same year group at school. Children in the UK must attend school until they are at least 16 years old.

The structure of the school system is the following:

  1. Nursery Schools: From three to five years of age
  2. Primary Schools: From five to eleven years of age
  3. Secondary Schools: From eleven to eighteen years of age
  4. Further / Higher Education

The academic year is split into three terms:

  • Autumn term from September to December
  • Spring term from January to April
  • Summer term from May to July

Each term lasts for around 12 weeks in the state system (10 weeks in private schools) with a 'half term' break of a week during each term. There are numerous intenational schools and home language instruction is available for most languages.


Dalibor Stoszek

Czech GP working in an NHS practice in Northamptonshire

Thank you very much for extremely well organized and relaxed "interviews weekend" we spent in Kettering. I very much appreciate comfortable accommodation, refreshment during two very busy days, absolutely smooth organization. People from GP practices, NHS and Paragona were excellent, helpful, ready to answer all questions. I am sure everybody has found its GP surgery/candidate.
Many thanks as well to Shirin from Paragona for her effort and help before registering for interviews.

Katarzyna Broad
Polish GP working in an NHS practice in Lincoln

My recruitment process began with a simple email and language assessment which lasted for about an hour. A few weeks later, I was invited to take part in the next recruitment step in Lincolnshire, where I had a chance to see the area. Subsequently, I was offered a training at Paragona Campus in Warsaw, which usually means 12 long weeks of hard studying. My first year in the UK was very intense. It involved a lot of training and lectures. In the second year, the focus was more on practice than theory, because we were expected to pass the exam and carry on with the job by being more and more independent. Now, I am expected to be able to work on my own, but I work with a fantastic team of people. There is always a lot of support from others and they would not make me feel like I am alone. What is more, my patients are the best patients I have ever had. They are the most kind and lovely people you can imagine. It is a pleasure to help them.


Dargiris Beresnevicius

GP from Lithuania working in an NHS practice in Louth

The greatest advantages of Paragana are that you do not have to worry about seeking a job all by yourself and that the company supports you financially during the training. Naturally, the training is time-consuming and demanding. I spent 3 months learning the language and medical jargon. Nonetheless, it was quite good because if you wish to do it yourself, it is very difficult and tricky. The training takes place at Paragona campus in Warsaw. Teachers are full of passion and, extremely helpful, and focus on things we actually use in our everyday life and work. The work in the UK is not only about money; it is also about opportunities. If you want to develop your skills in some field, you can do it. An NHS practice has everything – from babies to the elderly, from mental health to dermatology, from gynaecology to urology, and more. Family? Of course, the first couple of weeks were challenging with language and things like that, but now my children are very happy at their schools and speak English at home.


GP from Poland working in an NHS practice in Ruskington

The great thing was that during the recruitment process, we had a person from NHS who supported us and helped in relocation, which included also finding job for our spouses and a proper school for our children. What I like in an NHS practice is that a lot of GPs specialise in different areas, including for example gynaecology and dermatology. I myself got the opportunity to develop my skills in palliative care.

Jill Guild

Head of GP International Recruitment and Retention Programme (Medical Directorate), NHS England – Midlands & East

The NHS is a welcoming organisation. From our experience, our patients love European GPs coming to work with us. The NHS across the UK employs roughly over 1.5 million people, thus creating a real diverse organisation to come and work for. We offer a variety of opportunities. Feel free to register with the Paragona programme and work with us!

Dr. Kieran Sharrock

Medical Director, Lincolnshire LMC Limited

The European GPs that have been recruited by Paragona are excellent. They have all passed a rigorous assessment process and completed a campus-based preparatory training program in Warsaw to prepare them for life and clinical work as a GP in the UK. The GPs have integrated well into practices and become invaluable members of practice teams. Their clinical competence and communication skills are appreciated by patients and colleagues, and they are now truly a part of our communities. Inevitably it takes time to adapt to the life and institutions of a new country, and particularly to a complex healthcare system like the NHS. The GPs have different clinical experience and that determines the time it takes for them to adapt to the practice way of working. However, with the extensive support program that Paragona and the practices provide, the GPs adapt really well. They help us treat patients and reduce painfully long waiting lists.  They have also provided insights into how family medicine is practiced outside the UK.  Their enthusiasm has reinvigorated struggling teams.


  1. What is the difference between the standard International GP Recruitment Programme and the Paragona IGPR Programme?

    The main difference is the language requirement, as there is no need to take IELTS or OET. Instead, you are offered campus training that will lead you to B2 level and then an online post-campus training leading to a final exam at C1 level. The language training covers both general and medical English, which makes it much easier for you to start living and working in the UK.

    Secondly, the Paragona IGPR Programme has a tailored local induction programme instead of the standard ‘I&R’ scheme. Moreover, you will receive full salary for the first year of induction and training. Last but not least, we offer you full support in relocation and going through all formalities. In addition, we provide an online language course for family members.

  2. Will I be entitled to the NHS pension scheme? How does it work?

    The NHS pension scheme continues to be one of the most generous schemes in the UK and is a key part of the reward offer for employees in the NHS. It is optional for GPs as to whether they wish to be included in the scheme; they can opt out from the start of their employment and then opt in later if they change their mind.

    In the NHS pension scheme, you and your employer make a contribution each year. If you retire at the normal retirement age, you will receive an annual NHS pension—the value of the pension will depend on your average salary during the time you have worked for the NHS, and the number of years for which you have been a member of the NHS pension scheme.

    The scheme is described in detail on the official NHS pension website https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/member-hub

  3. When do I need to register with the General Medical Council (GMC)? Will the cost be reimbursed?

    You can register with the GMC while you are on the campus course in Poland, so that we will be there to help you. We will send you a list of the documents you will need to bring with you to Poland to apply for registration. The cost of the registration (£399) and the travel to the UK for a GMC identity check will be reimbursed.

  4. What is the National Performers List (NPL)? How do I become listed on the NPL?

    The NPL is a list of doctors who are authorised to practice in the NHS. The list is maintained by NHSE. The process for applying to join the NPL is defined by NHSE (see https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/services/performers-lists/). You can apply during your campus training in Poland, when we will be there to help you.

  5. How much time will I spend in training each week?

    While you are completing your induction training, you will have four sessions of supervised clinical work at the practice, four sessions of clinical training, and two sessions of language training. After you have completed your language training, the two language training sessions will become clinical training sessions.

  6. What is the purpose of the induction training programme?

    General practice is not the same through-out Europe—there are variations from country to country. The purpose of the induction training programme is to familiarize GPs from elsewhere in Europe with the aspects of GP work that are specific to the NHS.

  7. Is the induction training programme the same as the national ‘I&R’ scheme?

    No, it is a local programme for the Central Midlands. However, it makes use of some of the assessment tests developed for the ‘I&R’ scheme.

  8. How long is the induction training programme?

    There is no fixed length—it depends upon how quickly you make progress. However, we expect it will last up to a year for most GPs.

  9. How will my progress be measured?

    You will meet regularly with your clinical supervisor to review and summarise your progress. A summary of your progress will be reviewed by your local ‘Responsible Officer’ (RO), who is the person with overall responsibility for determining when you have completed your induction training.

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