FAQ about working in the UK for international applicants

It will help you to read about the roles of the different organisations involved which can be found on the main FAQ page. It is important to note that the rules and standards and procedures for training and registration are set by these organisations.  Whilst we (IPEM)  try very hard to keep the information we provide here updated you should always check with them.


I am working as a medical physicist but want to move to the UK, what should I do?
If you are fully trained and qualified and are working (or have previously worked) overseas you should apply directly to the HCPC to obtain Clinical Scientist Registration under their International Route.

To find out whether you are sufficiently qualified and experienced to apply please ensure that you read and understand the Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Science . It is extremely important that you do this, as your application will be assessed against these Standards. 

Please note that even if you do obtain Clinical Scientists Registration via the HCPC this does not guarantee that you can work in the UK if you are from outside the EU as you need to obtain a Tier 2 Visa (which requires you to have a sponsoring employer, i.e. you need to secure work in the UK)


NB: Radiotherapy Physics and Nuclear Medicine Physics are currently on the National Occupation Shortage List which should make this process (of obtaining the necessary Tier 2 Visa) easier.  It means that if you have been successful with your job application your employer does not need to apply the lengthy "Resident Labour Market Test"  but can apply straight away for your Tier 2 Visa.   If your discipline is NOT on the National Occupation Shortage List your employer has to go through this test before applying for a visa.  To find out more about visa restrictions and whether you can work in the UK please see the visa and immigration information on the UK Government website.

 

I am working as a medical technologist but want to move to the UK, what should I do?

If you are fully trained and qualified you need to obtain Equivalence from the Register for Clinical Technologists (RCT).  This shows employers that you are sufficiently qualified to work as a technologist in the UK.  

If you are applying from outside the EU you will need a sponsoring employer to obtain a Tier 2 Visa.  (NB: Radiotherapy Physics technologists and Nuclear Medicine Physics Technologists are currently on the National Occupation Shortage List which should make this process (of obtaining the necessary Tier 2 Visa) easier.  It means that if you have been successful with your job application your employer does not need to apply the lengthy "Resident Labour Market Test"  but can apply straight away for your Tier 2 Visa.   If your discipline is NOT on the National Occupation Shortage List your employer has to go through this test before applying for a visa.  To find out more about visa restrictions and whether you can work in the UK please see the visa and immigration information on the UK Government website.

 

I have a degree in physics or engineering from a University outside the UK and want to work or train in the UK, what should I do?
Like all other UK graduates you can apply for the NHS Scientists Training Programme which will lead to an MSc in Healthcare Science and registration as a Clinical Scientist. Detailed information about the process can be found on the
National School of Healthcare Science website.

If this is not an option or if you have been unsuccessful in your application then you can try to follow the same routes as other UK candidates in order to obtain registration. (see our section on Route 2)

 

I have a degree in physics and engineering and have already worked a couple of years in a hospital environment outside the UK, what should I do?
It really depends on how much experience you have.  If it is sufficient to meet the Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Science  then you can apply for registration directly to the HCPC via the international route. 

If you have not got enough experience you need to gain more in a UK department (see our section on Route 2) before you can apply for entry onto the HCPC register.

The process of obtaining a Tier 2 Visa (if you are from outside European Union) is the same as described above,

 

 

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