The UK urgently needs more health professionals to meet growing demand for healthcare. Refugee health professionals have a lot to offer – but the return to practicing can be a long and complicated process.
12%The total cost of a training a refugee doctor to work in the NHS is just 12% that of training a new doctor for one year
£300Kthe cost to train one foundation year 2 doctor in the UK
£25Kthe total cost of retraining a refugee doctor into work
Building Bridges helps people who were health professionals in their home countries to reconnect with their professional careers and work within the NHS. We provide specialist advice, language training, work placements, employability workshops, clinical exam preparation, and clinical attachments.
477refugee doctors were supported by Building Bridges from 2009-2021
147got a job in the NHS
189were employed in other health care roles
Between March 2020 and April 2021, 23 refugee doctors supported by the programme joined the NHS workforce. It was just in time to help with the unprecedented demand for healthcare caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. They worked alongside their colleagues, bringing in the wealth of experience and skills, eager to give back to the society that provided them with sanctuary when they needed it.
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You can help refugees to rebuild their lives in the UK by making a donation or volunteering on one of our projects.
If you are a refugee health professional, find out more about Building Bridges below.