GMC Registration after PLAB 2

Congratulations, if you’ve made it this far, that means you have either passed your exam or are on your way to achieving your goal. Anyway, we’re here to assist you in completing your GMC registration to work in the UK.

After you receive an email, informing you that you have met the requirements. You can start the GMC registration process.

Types of Registrations

As far as the registration process is concerned. There are four different ways to register:

  1. Provisional Registration
  2. Full Registration
  3. Specialist Registration
  4. GP registration

Provisional registration is for applicants who have not completed an accepted internship, it is only used if you want to apply to an approved UK Foundation Year 1 post. However, a full registration is for applicants who have completed the required internship. Specialist and GP registration can only be applied for after completing the required training in an approved training position.

Here, we’ll go over the entire registration process in detail. If you want to check your eligibility, there’s a handy tool on the GMC website that you should check out here.

Full registration requirements

1. Possess a recognised primary medical qualification.
2. Completed an appropriate internship pattern (detailed below).
3. After completing any of the following:
a. Passing the PLAB (The UK MLA from 2024).
b. Possessing a post-graduate qualification that is acceptable.
c. Being registered with the help of a sponsor who has been approved.
4. A valid English Language Proficiency test (IELTS/OET).
5. EPIC verified PMQ or PGQ.

Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary documentation, you’ll need to log into your GMC online account. Once you’re there, select “My registration,” which will take you to “My applications.” Begin with your desired application by following the directions for filling out the online form.

Application form requirements

The application form will require you to fill in the following:

  1. Name
  2. EPIC details: This is where you’ll enter your EPIC ID. Please read our EPIC registration article to learn more about EPIC verification.
  3. Internship details: Here you must specify your internship, including dates and duration for each speciality separately. A minimum of 12 months is required, with 3 continuous months spent practising in Medicine and 3 continuous months spent practising in Surgery. If your internship was more than 18 months then 6 continuous months is required in each Medicine and Surgery.
  4. Recent professional experience: In this section, you must detail your employment experience over the last five years. Remember, honesty is the only policy that will make you a great clinician, therefore don’t forget to address any gaps in your employment.
  5. Registration and Licensing: A certificate of good standing will be required from each medical regulatory agency where you’ve worked. Keep in mind that good-standing certificates have a three-month validity period from the date of issuance. You’ll also need to offer a translation if your certificate isn’t in English.
  6. Fitness to practice- Your Health: The GMC has outlined a series of questions that you must answer in order for the GMC to learn about any issues that may influence your ability to function as a doctor or the public’s trust in doctors.
  7. Declaration of fitness to practice: This section will need you to declare your permission to work in the United Kingdom, your acceptance of GMC laws and regulations, and any issues you may have had with law enforcement authorities.
  8. Final Declaration: You will be asked to certify that you have read and understood the Final Declaration’s assertions.
  9. Payment: The payment section is the last step in the application process, and those who have obtained their main degree within the last 5 years must pay £166 to apply for registration, while those who have completed their primary degree before 5 years must pay £433.

After application form submission

When you’ve finished all the processes and submitted your online application, GMC will then send you an email after a while in which they will request you to provide them with the required documents via email. GMC will give you 28 days to upload your documents. If you do not do so within that period, your application will be cancelled and your application fee will be reimbursed, which means you will have to start over.

However, after you provide them with the required paperwork, the registration process will begin, and you will be emailed by the GMC to provide any missing documentation. Once they receive all of the necessary information and paperwork, they will make a decision on your registration, and you will be notified by email. After successfully registering, you can begin working for the NHS.


Written by Dr Hardeep Singh (FY2)

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