Working in the UK

Radiologists abroad considering working in the UK

Working in the UK National Health Service (NHS) can be a very rewarding experience for radiologists in terms of developing their professional practice and specialty imaging interests. The demand for radiologists has increased in recent years and opportunities exist in most parts of the UK.

There are a number of grades at which you can work in the UK – for example, as a permanent NHS consultant, as a temporary (locum) NHS consultant, as a specialty doctor (a non-consultant career grade) or as a specialty trainee/registrar. All of these require registration with the General Medical Council. You should look into how you will obtain GMC registration at the earliest opportunity. 

One of the best things you can do is to make sure that your CV is well structured. Take a look at these helpful tips and hints, along with information to help you prepare for job interviews.

All doctors who practise medicine in the UK must have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively so they do not put the safety of their patients at risk. Further information is available on required standards for English language.

If you’re not a UK or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, you may require a visa to work in the UK. The visa you need depends on a number of things, including what kind of job you’re taking up and how long you plan to remain here. In general you will find that once you’re offered a job, the Human Resources department at the relevant hospital will be able to help you with this, but you should look at the options on the UK visas and immigration website.

The RCR does not match applicants to jobs or have a list of jobs which are open for application. There are a number of websites available where you can apply for jobs.