Contact Information for Support and Networking for IMGs
International Medical Graduates Information
Welcome to life in the South-East of Scotland.
Speaking from experience, starting a job in a new healthcare system and/or doing life in a different country/region can be challenging, if not daunting, to say the least.
We are therefore dedicated to helping you transition smoothly and aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.
To enable us to do so, we have put together and linked into some useful resources:
b) Human Resources - Employment Policies and Procedures
d) Training and Career Progression
e) Support and Buddy Systems
f) IMG Survey
g) Lost in translation - Nuances of Language and Medical Acronyms
h) Shared stories - Preparing and Maneuvering for Life in the UK and Work in the NHS
We hope you find these valuable - Enjoy browsing!
Next Induction: 18 April from 08:30 - 13:30, Blackford Room, Post Graduate Education Centre, RIE
Simulation Half-Day 28th March 08:45-13:00 - sign up via TuBs
Alongside the induction, we have collaborated with GMC representatives and the Medical Education Directorate to hold additional workshops:
Welcome to UK Practice - 15 May 2023 from 13.30 - 17.00. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upskilling in Clinical Skills Lab - 2023 dates TBC
Simon Edgar IMG Welcome
USEFUL CLINICAL LINKS
TRAINING AND CAREER PROGRESSION
A) Scottish International Medical Graduate Induction Program
Is held twice a year and aims to provide you with:
Helpful information as you begin your career in the NHS and life in the UK, and
An opportunity to meet other peers in similar circumstances and share wisdom
2023 Dates: TBC
To join: Email email@example.com with your name, country of graduation, training or non-training post, and NHS Scotland email address.
Medical Training in Scotland
The Scotland Deanery | NHS Education for Scotland | NES and Scottish Medical Training websites provide invaluable information on recruitment and training.
Our Royal Colleges in Edinburgh (Physicians / Surgeons), Glasgow, and London (Physicians / Surgeons); and the Scotland Deanery | NHS Education for Scotland | NES Website provide an extensive range of educational events you can choose to attend to enhance your knowledge, skills and competencies for your continuous professional development.
In addition, locally you will have access to:
Hospital organised teaching for Foundation Year Doctors
Core Medical Training Days and Specialty Specific Training Days
(all advertised locally and 1&2 incorporated into your Rotas)
You may also want to refer to these other useful local resources:
B) Local NHS Lothian IMG Training and Teaching Opportunities
Wednesdays once a month, via Teams - advertised on WhatsApp Group
In Acute and General Medicine RIE - we are holding small group tutorials fortnightly on Thursdays between 1.30 to 2pm in OPD4 Seminar Room - dates to be advertised. Feel free to drop in. These will cover acute assessment of patients, communication and handover procedures.
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 contact - firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, current location, preferences regarding your buddy, country of graduation, grade and speciality. Further information can be accessed 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 Scotland Deanery | NHS Education for Scotland | NES
Local to NHS Lothian
Local NHS Lothian WhatsApp Group - for asking questions, arranging socials and peer outings, promote wellbeing and inclusion. These activities include, but are not limited to, dinners, nights out, yearly international dinner (each IMG beings a dish from their culture to share), sports, site visits (such as the Scottish Parliament).... If you want to learn more about our social activities, take part or just be added to the WhatsApp group, please contact Avril via her email address: email@example.com See you soon!
Peer Mentorship Programme aimed at supporting Junior Doctors working in NHS Lothian within SE Scotland
Staff Wellbeing NHS Lothian and Lothian National Wellbeing Hub
Speak up NHS Lothian a safe space to raise concerns regarding patient safety, training or bullying
BME & Allied Staff Network NHS Lothian committed to promoting equality and an inclusive working and learning environment
LGBT+ Staff and Allies NHS Lothian aimed at those who identify as LGBT+
Disabled Employees Network for anyone who identifies as disabled
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 - Welcome - NHS Scotland - Global Citizenship (scottishglobalhealth.org)
IMG Survey RIE
- Survey of IMGs (login)
LOST IN TRANSLATION?
"Language is a road map of a culture. It tells you where it's people come from and where they are going." - Rita MacBrown
We can all sometimes get lost in translation and in the intricate nuances of language - accents, differences and barriers.
We in the NHS sometimes forget that the acronyms and terms we use are not a universal language understood by all.
We've put together an acronym 'dictionary' of sorts (in this document below) to help you recognise and understand some that you may come across in your daily work - spoken or written.
This website - 'Spikkin Scots' is well worth a visit and may help you recognise and understand the different dialects across Scotland.
Scotland Deanery | NHS Education for Scotland | NES 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.