Working in the UK: One Greek doctor's experience of finding work in the NHS
Posted on 30 May 2017
Dr Kalovidouris is a SpR Cardiologist of Greek nationality who registered with Holt Doctors on July 15th 2016. He had full GMC membership with specialist registration but no previous UK experience. With some long term annual leave coming up, he was seeking to undertake locum work in the UK at SHO or SpR level.
Assigned a dedicated recruitment consultant with Holt Doctors, Dr Kalovidouris was sent our registration pack and was asked to send in scanned copies of all the required documentation. One of our compliance officers then helped him to ensure all the paperwork was provided in the correct format. A new DBS application was arranged and paid for by Holt Doctors and was dispatched within 2 weeks. Furthermore, Holt Doctors was appointed his designated body and our responsible officer was assigned to help him through the revalidation and appraisal process.
The doctor was then forwarded for locum work at a number of NHS Trusts across the UK and was initially booked as an SHO Cardiologist at a hospital in central England for 6 weeks starting on 10th August 2016. His recruitment consultant gave advice on how to set up a UK bank account and helped arrange flights, provided train times and booked accommodation at the hospital. The agency also arranged for the doctor to attend a BLS course in London when he arrived in the UK and a final face-to-face meeting with one of our medical representatives to verify his passport, ID cards and medical degree in person (to make this easier for thedoctor, this was arranged at the same venue as the BLS course).
Having found his initial placement a success, the doctor wished to extend his work in the UK and Holt Doctors was able to find him work for a further 6 months at SpR level at the same hospital. At the same time, ensuring he has the opportunity to travel back regularly to Greece.
Here’s what Dr Kalovidouris had to say...
“I was really impressed by how quickly Holt Doctors was able to find me work in the NHS. I was offered a good choice of jobs at a number of hospitals and my recruitment consultant Gavin was on hand to support me throughout the entire process – from completing all the paperwork, to helping me with flights. The team were helpful and friendly throughout - I would recommend Holt Doctors to any doctor looking to find work in the UK.”
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