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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Refugee Doctors' Programme

The NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Refugees Doctors Programme is designed to assist asylum seeking and refugee doctors living in Scotland to achieve registration with the General Medical Council via the PLAB examinations in order to be in a position to compete for posts in the NHS in the UK. Support leading to successful completion of IELTS, is also available to dentists and pharmacists.

Eligibility for the programme

You will be eligible for the programme if you:

  • Live in Scotland
  • Have refugee status, are currently applying for asylum or are appealing against the refusal of asylum.
  • Have a qualification from a medical school recognised by the World Health Organisation. See

If you think you are eligible, please contact us to arrange an eligibility meeting at which you will be expected to produce evidence of your status.

If you are a doctor, dentist or pharmacist and think you are eligible for this programme, you should contact us.

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Further information

Please see our programme booklet [doc].

Useful links

Last updated: 10/02/2021

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