Services and links for Refugee Health Professionals

PLAB and Clinical Attachment Project for Refugee Doctors

Our services

  • Face-to-face assessment and advice on resuming medical career
  • PLAB exam preparations 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  at Newham University Hospital  and Whipps Cross University Hospital
  • Financial support to cover travel expenses while attending courses and clinical attachments
  • Help with job search – job interview techniques and practice
  • Preparations for CAPS*  and other  job interviews
  • Continued support while settling in a new job

 *CAPS (Clinical Apprenticeship Scheme): an employment scheme for refugee doctors run by the Professional Support Unit, London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

Refugee doctors are experienced clinicians who have often been “out-of-practice” for some time. They have to adapt to working in a different culture and language as well as an unfamiliar medical system. The 6 month CAPS placements in local NHS hospitals provide close clinical supervision to refresh clinical skills and an experience of working in a multidisciplinary team.  

In addition the CAPS educational program targets communication, cultural-awareness, medico-legal issues, ethics and the GMC "Good medical practice”, in addition to portfolio learning, presentation skills, career planning and job interviews. The CAPS program is essential to ensure this valuable group of doctors are supported to make a safe and confident transition into NHS careers”, Dr Stephen Nickless, CAPS Educator


Beneficiary fund

Limited grants are available to help with IELTS, ORE Part 1 & Part 2 exam fees, tuition fees, child care and travel expenses.

Our partners in the project and their services for Refugee Doctors

Other organisation supporting Refugee Doctors