Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As an organisation of doctors committed to providing safe and excellent care to our patients, and as an employer, we take seriously our role in helping to protect the public from the spread of the COVID-19 virus, while maintaining our services as effectively as possible.  We are, therefore, continuing to monitor the situation and follow Government and Chief Medical Officers' advice​. Our guidance for both UK Employers and potential MTI applicants is set out below.

Doctors applying for the MTI scheme should check the latest guidance about the status of COVID-19 in the UK before deciding whether it’s practical to pursue an application in the current climate

Hospitals may be stretched, self- isolation indicated and/or travel more difficult.

Starting an application that is later put on hold may cause difficulty. There are requirements to complete Tier 5 visa applications and GMC registration interviews within a specified timeframe from the issue of a sponsorship certificate. If these timeframes are not met, it may lead to some of all of the process to be re-visited or possibly an unsuccessful outcome for the application

Employers must bear in mind that even if they have more experience from outside the UK, MTI doctors are trainees; they should be treated in the same way as UK trainees and will require additional support as they are new to the NHS. Care should be taken if asking them to work outside their usual scope of practice (as with any doctor)

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI)  allows international junior and middle-grade doctors to train and work in the UK for up to 2 years, whilst enabling NHS Boards and Trusts to fill rota gaps with high quality staff.