Building Bridges Programme for Refugee Health Professionals - Refugee Council

Building Bridges Programme for Refugee Health Professionals

PLAB, clinical attachments and employment support for refugee doctors.

The Building Bridges programme is an NHS funded partnership for Refugee Health Professionals living in London. We assist  refugee doctors to re-qualify to UK standards and secure employment appropriate to their professional qualifications.

We help refugee doctors to:

  • Prepare for Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Refresh medical knowledge and skills before taking PLAB Part 1 and Part 2 exams
  • Improve the  language and communication skills
  • Prepare for working in the NHS
  • Familiarise with UK medical procedures and systems through clinical attachments
  • Obtain professional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Understand recruitment processes in the UK and develop the necessary skills
  • Find employment through the CAPS (Clinical Apprenticeship Scheme) or  other routes
  • Develop and maintain a strong peer-to-peer network to share experience and provide emotional, social or practical help to each other

What we offer

  • Face-to-face assessment and advice on resuming medical career
  • PLAB exam preparations assistance with free access to the Skills Lab (OSCE stations for PLAB Part 2)
  • Weekly Professional Development Group sessions
  • Language and communication skills workshops
  • Access to structured clinical attachments
  • Help with job search – job interview techniques and practice
  • Financial support to help with the cost of travel, childcare and exam fees
  • Continued support while settling in a new job

Who it's for

You can access this service if you:

  • Are a qualified refugee health professional who would like to practice in the UK
  • Have the right to work in the UK (refugees, refugee spouses, former refugees who gained British citizenship) and asylum seekers with permission to work
  • Live in London

How to access this service

Contact us at the details below.

Contact Details