Refugee health professionals have a lot to offer when they arrive in the UK, but the return to practicing can be a long and complicated process. We provide support for London based refugee doctors to re-qualify to UK standards and secure employment.
Funded by NHS London, we offer tailored English courses to help refugee health professionals pass the International English Language Test (IELTs), specialist guidance, structured work placements, and preparation courses for Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) exams.
Read some of the inspiring stories from refugee health professionals we've helped.
Despite years of experience, a degree in medicine and a post graduate degree in pathology, Jamal* found it difficult to find suitable employment in Britain. With help from Refugees into Jobs he now works as a biomedical scientist in the NHS.
Obi worked in rural community practices before he was forced to flee Nigeria. Despite having experience of working in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, medicine and surgery, he faced huge obstacles to becoming a doctor when he arrived in the UK.
In Afghanistan, Helal worked for an international charity and as an interpreter for the British army before becoming a doctor. Due to his work with the British army he became target and was eventually forced to flee to the UK.
"I rushed into room 8 on the second floor. There’d been a cardiac arrest and I needed to respond.
After a successful resuscitation, I took a step back and thought for a moment how I came to be in this position."
Farkhunda spent five years studying in Afghanistan before she had to leave: the Taliban had taken over and had closed down education for women. When she arrived in Britain, she was rejected by the General Medical Council. Here’s how The Refugee Council helped Farkhunda become an NHS doctor.