Peer Mentoring and Support resources


Support and Buddy System


  • The Scotland Deanery has introduced a buddy system to support International Medical Graduates in Scotland. To volunteer to be a buddy or sign up a buddy please see information here.

  • There is also a Facebook Group - Scottish IMGs Support Network. The group is a closed group. It gives you the opportunity to connect with your peers and participate in discussions or ask questions pertaining to IMG's. You will be asked for your GMC number for verification.

  • For more in-depth information and resources on International Medical Graduates in Scotland, the Scottish Deanery IMG page provides a comprehensive wealth of information.

  • National Wellbeing Hub for information on psychological first aid, the workforce specialist service helpline and much more

Local to NHS Lothian

Also if you have an interest in Global Health Initiatives and connecting with like-minded individuals - we have included the link to the NHS Scotland Global Health Citizenship Programme - NHS Scotland - Global Citizenship (


Human Resources

Employment Policies and Procedures


List of websites/resources relating to accommodation

IMG Survey RIE

To better understand the local experiences, we also surveyed the current International Medical Graduates working at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. The document below summarises their experience and highlights to us what was most important to them, and what they would've liked to know at the start.

Shared Stories

Scotland Deanery is an invaluable resource to access when preparing for work in the UK - it encompasses useful information on Visas and Immigration, General Medical Council, Employment, Medical Indemnity, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG), National Insurance Number and IT systems. Furthermore, this website gives a succinct summary of the structure of NHS Scotland, it's history and vision.

We have also included below, some video recordings of our peers who have shared:

1) The stories of their transitional journey to the UK,

2) Their experiences in the NHS, and

3) Some top tips of how to maneuver the two

Dr Ali Harmouche

Dr Ali Harmouche is originally from Lebanon. He did all of his medical training in Hungary. This is his story.

Dr Khawja Nizamuddin

Dr Khawja Nizamuddin is originally from Pakistan. He did his undergraduate and foundation training in Peshawar, before coming to the UK to continue his post graduate training. This is his story.