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At what point can a university medicine graduate go and work abroad, away from the NHS?
Do they need to become a consultant to leave or can they move away a lot earlier?
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At what point can a university medicine graduate go and work abroad, away from the NHS?
Do they need to become a consultant to leave or can they move away a lot earlier?
Technically, you can go after you have your degree. But then you will can only apply for GMC provisional registration when you come back.

Obviously, a lot of countries (after Brexit - the EU?) will require you to have passed their exams before allowing you to go.

Usually, you can only get work in the UK private medical sector after you are a consultant.

Read https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/career...working-abroad for more information.

UK medical graduates are strongly advised to complete foundation years one and two sequentially before going to work abroad. The foundation programme is designed to deliver generic competencies in a range of settings over a two-year period. Specialist and general practice training programmes will only be open to those who have acquired and satisfactorily demonstrated foundation competencies.
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I went overseas to work for 3 years, after finishing FY2. My post was a voluntary one in rural Africa, otherwise I would probably have stayed for longer. I wouldn't have wanted to leave the UK prior to finishing FY2.

My flatmate from med school also left after FY2, and is now completing specialty training overseas. Increasingly more and more people are choosing to take time out after FY2 - many of those to go overseas, either for a year, or often longer / even long term.

There are no set rules for when you can and can't leave, but it depends partly on what you want to do and where, and what your overseas country's rules are. There is nothing binding you to stay in the UK.

If you want to work abroad, most countries will require proof of GMC registration and certificate of good standing - remember that you don't get full registration until after FY1. If you want to apply for another country's specialty training programmme, there are likely to be minimum requirements in terms of training so far. Even if you don't want to apply for a training programme but just want to be an SHO-equivalent or whatever, it makes sense to have a reasonable amount of experience (FY2) first.
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thank you for all the information, its really helped
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