International GP Recruitment

In Wakefield, we would like to encourage more GPs from overseas to come and work in our city as part of NHS England's International GP Recruitment Programme (link to NHS England website).


The programme focuses on recruiting at least 2,000 suitably qualified overseas doctors into GP practices by 2020.


Newly recruited GPs will be supported with dedicated and enhanced training programmes about general practice in England. Support will also be provided to help with language and General Medical Council requirements and meeting the standards of the national Induction & Refresher Scheme.


For more information about the International GP Recruitment Programme, please visit the General Practice National Recruitment Office website (link to Health Education England website).

Living and working in the UK as a GP

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has produced a useful guide (link to RCGP website) for overseas doctors and their families. It contains information for family doctors who have never worked in the UK as a GP, including doctors from the UK who have done their speciality training abroad.


The guide will support you to make an informed decision about whether living and working in the UK as a GP is right for you, and to help you understand what is involved. 


In addition, the below videos provide first-hand experience of overseas and English GPs' and practice managers' experiences (all below links go to YouTube):



Life as a GP in Wakefield

Dr Penelope Navarro, a GP in Wakefield, shares her experience of coming from Spain to work in England.


Location, location - About Wakefield

Wakefield district has an estimated resident population of around 336,834 (371,559 people are registered with the district’s 37 GP practices).


Located at the heart of England, and at the centre of the UK's communications network, Wakefield offers unsurpassed transport links, providing fast connections by road, rail, and air.


At the intersection between the M1 and M62 and with the A1 at its eastern boundary, the district is well placed to access other regional centres such as Leeds, Sheffield and York.


Ease of commuting extends beyond the region with Wakefield Westgate, the city's mainline station situated on the high speed east coast mainline, offering excellent connections to key UK destinations. Direct half-hourly services operate to London throughout the day with the quickest journey taking under 2 hours. Sheffield, York, Manchester, Liverpool, and Newcastle are also within easy reach.


Find out more on the Wakefield Council website.


Why choose Wakefield?

The district boasts several nationally recognised cultural and leisure facilities including the National Coal Mining Museum for England and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and is birthplace to two giants of modern sculpture; Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.


An award winning gallery opened in 2011 on the city's Waterfront, the Hepworth, to house original works by Barbara Hepworth as well as significant works by other artists.


The city centre is vibrant with cafés, restaurants, bars and an exciting nightlife enhancing its cosmopolitan feel. A multi-million pound regeneration project has seen a significant transformation of the city's retail core at the northern gateway into the city.


Trinity Walk, shopping centre opened in Wakefield in 2011 to complement the well-established Ridings Centre.


Europe's largest shopping village, the Junction 32 Outlet Village at Castleford, offers a wide selection of shops including many designer names. Adjoining Junction 32 is the Xscape development, housing one of the largest indoor real snow ski slopes in Europe.


The complex, incorporating an ice climbing wall, multiplex cinema, bowling alley, shops and restaurants under one roof, attracts visitors from all over the country.


The city and surrounding areas are a stronghold of sport including; rugby league where Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats share a long tradition with teams like Featherstone Rovers; and horse racing - the longest continuous flat circular course can be found at Pontefract.


There is an abundance of walking and cycle paths throughout the district with country parks, nature trails, waterways and lakes. Pugneys Country Park is a haven for sailing enthusiasts and canoeists and is within a mile of the city centre.


Find out more by visiting Experience Wakefield.