NHS Induction Programme

For overseas medical graduates starting careers in the NHS

Building a skilled workforce for the future... the only one-stop-shop for overseas trained NHS doctors

An award-winning and market-leading programme, to safely introduce overseas-trained doctors to the NHS and UK healthcare system. 

Have you ever questioned your readiness to work as a junior doctor in the NHS? You’re not alone! We found that more than 80% of overseas-trained doctors felt their overseas medical training did not prepare them for a career in the NHS. LinkMedics will help you prepare for the NHS transition and safely land you into your first job!

Overseas-trained doctors are a vital asset to the NHS and will continue to play a pivotal role as the NHS resets and recovers from the pandemic. LinkMedics provide high-quality, meaningful and accessible clinical training and employment opportunities to overseas doctors who want to start their careers in the NHS.

Our NHS Induction Programme is a specially designed “conversion course” created by overseas doctors who have successfully integrated into the NHS system. We provide:

  • Comprehensive “hands-on” clinical skills training.
  • Medical emergency simulation training.
  • Case-based teaching.
  • Communication skills sessions.

Our programme gives you all the skills, knowledge and confidence to work as a junior doctor in the NHS. Our programme is developed in partnership with NHS Trusts and UK Medical Universities, following a standardised curriculum.

What's included?

A virtually delivered session introducing you to the NHS as a whole and its culture. Delivered by our Group Director of Medical Education & NHS Consultant.

Healthcare systems around the world are innately unique, and the NHS is no different. Having completed your medical training outside of the UK, it is important that you understand how the NHS functions and the regulations that govern who can (and how they) practice medicine in the UK. Our “Welcome to NHS clinical practice” module of our Get “NHS Ready” Programme covers important aspects of UK clinical practice which are often overlooked in the “standard” Trust induction, giving you an in-depth insight into navigating your way through a heavily regulated system.

This module covers essential topics such as your professional responsibility, the NHS culture and demystifying the GMC. We highlight important areas of clinical practice relating to your liability (and medical indemnity), your duty of care, ethics, complaint handling and social media use as a doctor. The session also covers your NHS road map and the importance of a professional portfolio, quality (and self) improvement, teaching and appraisals.

Important information which is often missed or hard to find – this module covers it all, jargon-free.

Our NHS Induction Programme covers several modules on NHS ward skills and managing medical emergencies. Over 4-weeks, our tutors cover all the medical emergencies you should be able to operate independently as a junior doctor in the NHS. This includes fundamental ward skills and keeping patients safe at all times (as the doctor, you are responsible for your patients)! These fully immersive and interactive teaching sessions are consultant-led and conducted virtually, allowing you to learn from your comfort and take place in the evenings.

There are over 25 modules covering everything from a patient with a suspected GI bleed or STEMI, to a nurse asking you to prescribe fluids, or adjust the insulin regime for a patient under your care, or interpret a blood gas and manage accordingly. The sessions also cover all the most common conditions you are likely to encounter in a hospital setting, including arrhythmias, exacerbations of COPD, DKA or CAP – all with set algorithms, investigations and management plans for you to follow.

Monthly networking, clinical training, teaching, pastoral care, mentoring and career development! You won’t find support like this anywhere else!

All our doctors are allocated an NHS consultant mentor and peer mentor for a whole 12 months!

That’s amazing people in place to support and guide you on every step of your NHS journey! As well as individual mentoring sessions, you are placed into “collectives” where you can share learning and benefit from pastoral care sessions with your two mentors. These sessions are completely safe, supported and confidential (and kept confidential from your employer/NHS Trust). Previous cohorts have found these mentoring sessions to be an invaluable and great way for everyone to be vulnerable and learn from each other’s mistakes. #VulnerabilityIsStength!

For 12 months, you will have access to a dedicated NHS consultant and peer mentor (who has been through the journey themselves), networking opportunities, personalised study and development plans, and career opportunities (both inside and out of medicine)!

All doctors who want to be employed with a LinkMedics Programme Partner NHS Trust, MUST have participated in the NHS Induction Programme. After completing the induction programme, you will be eligible to apply for supported employment opportunities through LinkMedics. All employment opportunities come with a paid clinical attachment period before starting fix-term contracts as junior doctors. Please see employment opportunities page for more information.

Eligibility & Fees

Our eligibility is put into place to protect you, your patients and our programme partners. To participate in our NHS Induction Programme you must either:

  • have completed your medical training at a European university
  • you must have the Right To Enter the UK for the provisions of our in-person teaching sessions.
  • be able to attend all in-person and virtual teaching sessions 

The NHS Induction Programme costs a fixed fee of £395 and includes all the above days of delivery, any learning materials, refreshments and the 12 months of ongoing support.

** Note – If we cancel for any reason whatsoever, we will refund this fee in full. This fee is otherwise non-refundable, as we use it to save your place.

Book your place onto the next cohort

Spring 2024 – Cohort 1

  • 18th February 2024 – Medical emergencies & ward skills interactive session (Virtual)
  • 22nd February 2024  – Introduction to clinical practice in the NHS (virtual)

**all dates are subject to change.

To secure your place, please use one of the booking links.



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