Doctors Direct Gateway for Doctors Gateway EU Programme

Gateway EU Programme

What is the Gateway EU Programme?

Over a period of up to 24 months, the Gateway EU Programme allows doctors who have graduated from a European university* to gain experience as a junior doctor in the NHS, working in clinical roles, equivalent to FY1 or FY2.  

The Gateway EU Programme offers clinical and educational experience which supports the completion of your CREST certification, giving you the same opportunities as a UK graduate finishing foundation training such as:

  • Applying for the Gateway Specialty Programme
  • Applying for HEE core/GP/specialty training
  • Applying for Trust grade roles including Junior Clinical Fellowships


Is the Doctors Gateway EU Programme right for me?

The Programme has been designed to support UK citizens and those with the Right to Work in the UK who have completed a medical degree within the last 12 months, or who are in the final 6 months of studies at a European university*. It is a unique opportunity to gain the relevant, clinical experience at the start of your medical career.


Next Steps

Please register your interest if you have completed your medical degree at a European university* within the last 12 months and have the Right to Work in the UK. 

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.

Please note, those with GMC registration and licence to practise will be prioritised.


Why choose the Gateway EU Programme:

  • The Gateway EU Programme and all of the below is free of charge to all Gateway Doctors
  • Up to 24 months continuous employment at one of our Gateway Partners across the UK
  • A dedicated Gateway team at NHS Professionals to support you with:
    • 30 hours a year of accredited learning developed specifically to meet the needs of EU graduates
    • Appraisal support including preparation for and completion of your annual appraisal. Review at appraisal of your progress against CREST requirement.
    • Guidance in creating your own Personal Development Plan
    • Support with the next steps in your career
    • Access to an e-portfolio where available
  • Access to Doctors Direct Webinars
  • A Lead at each Gateway Partner to support your career progression and access to
    • Appropriate clinical and educational supervision
    • Access to foundation training where available
    • Completion of rotations through a number of clinical areas
  • Access to a mentorship programme provided by senior clinicians


*Where the Primary Medical Qualification is recognised for full registration and licence to practise with the GMC.