Refugee Healthcare Professionals North East Project

Refugees have made a huge contribution to UK society in the last century. Department for Work and Pensions’ research has found that there is a higher proportion of qualifications and skills among asylum seekers and refugees than among the UK population. Sadly, this group don’t always end up working in their chosen profession, as their qualifications may not be transferable, or employers may be wary of hiring them. This project is about getting those refugees the skills to gain employment in healthcare Services aimed at: All refugee healthcare professionals Services provided: Advice and Guidance Group meetings Workshops One to one advice and guidance Study support Some exam fees and travel costs Help with job applications Interview training Social activities Services are for: Asylum seekers, refugees Project description: Health Professionals North East supports refugee and asylum seeking health professionals.

 

Contact Project Coordinator Richard Norman at rn@refugee.ork.uk 0191 245 7301

 

Project Manager Dr Mohamed Nasreldin

 

Reaping the rewards retraining refugee healthcare professionals for the NHS report http://www.nhsemployers.org/Aboutus/Publications/Documents/Reaping_the_rewards-Briefing_64.pdf

 

Do I qualify?

Asylum seekerHide

What does this mean?

A person who has applied for recognition as a refugee under the Refugee Convention and is awaiting a decision on their asylum claim.

How is it shown?

Asylum Seekers are issued with an Application Registration Card (ARC) which confirms identity and states that the applicant has been admitted into the asylum determination procedure. It also states whether the person can work in the UK.

 

Discretionary leave to remainHide

What does this mean?

Granted for up to three years.

How is it shown?

ISD or Home Office issued travel document stamp stating the named person can remain for a length of time and do the type of work mentioned.

Other information

This status allows the holder to apply for further leave before current leave period has expired.

 

Gateway protection programmeHide

What does this mean?

Indefinite leave to enter.

How is it shown?

ISD or Home Office issued travel document stamp stating that the holder is exempt from immigration control and is allowed to remain indefinitely.

Other information

Programme is operated by UK Border Agency (UKBA) in partnership with the UN. It provides a legal route for up to 750 refugees to settle in the UK each year and is separate from the standard asylum procedure.

 

Humanitarian protectionHide

What does this mean?

Granted for five years.

How is it shown?

ISD or Home Office issued travel document stamp stating the named person can remain for five years and do the type of work mentioned.

Other information

This status allows the holder to apply for further leave before current leave period has expired.

 

Refugee status with limited leave to remainHide

What does this mean?

Leave to remain for five years.

How is it shown?

ISD or Home Office issued travel document stamp stating the named person can remain for five years and do the type of work mentioned.

Other information

Having this status allows refugees to apply for further leave before current leave period has expired.

 

Refugee status with indefinite leave to remainHide

What does this mean?

No restrictions on stay in the UK.

How is it shown?

Immigration Status Document (ISD) or on a Home Office issued travel document stamp.

Other information

Used to be the most common until ‘limited leave to remain’ was introduced..

 

Professions

  • Allied Health ProfessionalsHide

    To practice in the UK most allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare scientists must register with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

    List of professions covered by the HPC:

    • Art therapists• Biomedical scientists• Chiropodist/podiatrists• Clinical scientists• Dieticians • Operating department practitioners• Occupational therapists• Orthoptists• Paramedics• Physiotherapists• Prosthetist/orthotists• Radiographers• Speech and language therapists• Practitioner psychologists

    General requirements for HPC registration:

    • You must first complete the International Application for Registration.• For more information go to: http://www.hpc-uk.org/apply/international/forms/. As a refugee you do not have to pay the £400 fee.• You must possess the required standard of English (see language requirements section).

    Language requirements for HPC registration:

    • You must achieve level seven in the academic module of the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System).• For speech and language therapy, you must achieve level eight in the IELTS exam.• For more information go to: www.ielts.org

    Decisions from the HPC

    Successful applicants:

    • The HPC will put your name on the online register.• The HPC will send you a letter on the day you are registered.• The HPC will send you a registration certificate and authorisation card.• With your name on the register you are allowed to practice using the title of your profession.

    Unsuccessful applicants:

    • This will happen if the HPC do not believe you meet their standards of proficiency or their health and character requirements.• You can only apply for registration based on the information on your application form.• You can appeal against the decision, or resubmit your application.• For more information go to:http://www.rose.nhs.uk/registration/allied-health-professionals/Pages/ApplyingtotheHPC.aspx

  • Nurses and midwivesHide

    To practice in the UK all nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

    General requirements for NMC registration

    • You must have completed a three year (4600 hours) full-time course at post-secondary level.• You must have registered as a general nurse in your home country.• At least half of the course (2300 hours) must have been in clinical or practical training.• At least one third of the course (1533 hours) must have been theoretical training.• The course must have covered certain areas (see specific course content section).• You must possess the required standard of English (see language requirements section).

    Language requirements for NMC registration:

    • You must achieve level seven in the academic module of the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System).• For more information go to: www.ielts.org

    Specific course content requirements for NMC registration

    The course must have included theoretical / practical instruction in:1. Generalist and specialist medicine2. Generalist and specialist surgery3. Childcare and paediatrics4. Maternity (Obstetric) care5. Mental health and Psychiatry6. Care of the elderly7. Community / Primary care nursing

    Alternatives to NMC registration if the requirements are not met:

    • The NMC will not consider you for registration without further study.• You may be able to obtain Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL).• You will need to contact your local university for more details.• For more information go to:http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/wheretostart/maturestudents/courses/apl• For alternative careers to nursing visit:http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/career.shtml

    More information on ONP / adaptation:

    • This is the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP).• You must undertake the ONP if you meet the minimum criteria for NMC registration.• This assesses your ability to practice in a UK healthcare setting.• It consists of a minimum 20 days protected learning time and a period of supervised practice.• The NMC will state in their decision letter what type of ONP you have to do, depending on your previous experience.

  • DentistsHide

    To practice in the UK all dentists must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

    General requirements for GMC registration:

    • You must possess a certificate or letter of good standing (see evidence of good standing section).• You must possess the required standard of English (see language requirements section).• You must pass the Overseas Registration Exam – ORE (see ORE section).

    Evidence of good standing for GDC registration:

    • A certificate or letter of good standing states that you are legally qualified to practice dentistry in the country of issue• The evidence states that you have not been suspended, disqualified or otherwise not allowed to practice.• The evidence must be original and cannot be more than three months old.

    Language requirements for GDC registration:

    You must achieve level seven in the academic module of the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System).• For more information go to: www.ielts.org

    More information on the ORE exams:

    • ORE is the Overseas Registration Exam.• The test is designed to test the knowledge, skills and professionalism of candidates.• This is tested against the standard that is expected of a UK graduate dentist when they first register with the GDC.• For more information go to: www.gdc-uk.org

    Information on vocational training (VT):

    • All UK dentistry graduates have to complete a year-long period of vocational training before they can work unsupervised.• Refugee dentistry professionals also have to complete some VT but the length depends on the amount of previous experience.• The amount of VT is decided by the local dental deanery following appointment to an NHS post.

     

     

  • DoctorsHide

    To practice in the UK all doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC).

    Language requirements for GMC registration:

    • You must hold an acceptable primary medical qualification.
    • You must possess the required standard of English.
    • You must pass both sections of the PLAB exam (see below).
    • You must achieve level seven in the academic module of the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System)

    For more information visit http://www.ielts.org

    Information on the PLAB exams:

    • PLAB is the Professional and Linguistics Assessments Board.
    • There are wo parts to the PLAB exam that must be completed.
    • The exam shows the GMC that you have the professional knowledge and skills necessary to practice medicine safely (at the level of a UK doctor at the end of Foundation year one – F1).
    • Passing PLAB gives you the right to apply for GMC registration.

    For more information visit: www.gmc-uk.org

    About clinical attachments:

    • This is when a doctor is attached to a named supervisor in a clinical unit for a particular period of time.• The attachment allows the doctors to observe clinical practice in the UK and understand better the role of doctors and other healthcare professionals in the NHS.

    About clinical apprenticeships:

    • These are medical work placements in the NHS.• They include intensive education and generic skills training.• Sometimes the GMC will recommend an apprenticeship if they feel a doctor needs some more clinical experience.• Successfully completing an apprenticeship shows that a doctor is suitable to compete for a foundation post.