Dear All who are interested to get a career in surgery in the UK
There are 3 ways to get into the surgical circuit in the UK.
Let’s start for the juniors –
1. Who have finished MBBS, doing intern and preparing for PLAB – after completion of PLAB, you can start searching for job as F1/F2. During that time, you should complete BSS, CCrISP etc. courses. You should try to complete a couple of audits/ presentations and then search for SHO job or you can apply for ST1.
If you are not a British citizen or you are not married to a British Citizen, it is better not to expect too much about getting training number (post). You can get training number in general surgery if you are extremely lucky. But it is impossible to get a training post in super specialties like Neurosurgery, Plastic surgery or cardiothoracic surgery without being British or EU citizen. It is next to impossible for other surgical specialties as well.
But you can always try lateral entry.
2. Who are in the pathway of MRCS – finish it, sort your OET/ IELTS out and then try to find an attachment in your related field of interest and come for GMC registration. Start searching for job of SHO or registrar according to your level of confidence.
After a couple of years, you can try for training number as ST3. But again, it is difficult as explained above.
3. Who have completed FRCS – they can also try after completion of OET/ IELTS. You can start as registrar or staff grade specialist and then you can try for being a consultant.
There are lots of tit-bits in the above mentioned processes. This is a bit simplified description of what you need to kick off right away.
To become a consultant, you need to get CCT if you are in a training number. You will need Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) which is another big deal for lateral entry/ not in training number.
Will be very happy to help if you need any as you go along.
Regards to all.
Dr. Khandkar Ali Kawsar
MBBS (DMC), FCPS (Surgery),MS (Neurosurgery),MRCS,FRCS (Neurosurgery)