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Gateway Access Programme

What is the Gateway Access Programme?

The Gateway Access Programme has been specifically created to support doctors with Refugee status* obtain their first role as a doctor in the NHS. 


Is the Doctors Gateway Access Programme right for me?

If you have a GMC registration, licence to practise and recognised Refugee status or equivalent and are looking to start your NHS career, the Doctors Gateway Access Programme can offer you:

  • 24 months of stable employment at one of our Gateway Partners
  • Safe and supported route into the NHS
  • Opportunity to work in a specialty reflecting your experience
  • Starting work at the equivalent to FY2 level, moving to higher grade once assessed by your employer
  • Stability, and a guaranteed income


Next Steps

Please register your interest if you have a GMC registration, license to practise, recognised Refugee* status and are looking for opportunities to start your career in the NHS through the Gateway Access 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 Access Programme:

  • The Gateway Access Programme and all of the below is free of charge to all Gateway Access 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
  • Access to a mentorship programme provided by senior clinicians
  • Access to counselling support if required


*Immigration status dependent