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Supporting International Doctors in the NHS

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Experiences of recruiting and supporting Doctors coming into the NHS from India
Dr Umesh Prabhu,
Consultant Paediatrician, Medical Director for more than 15 years, Medical Adviser for International Recruitment
Speaking this morning, Umesh said:
"I developed an interest in Patient Safety after some incidents happened where I was working
I am very determined - I was told in 1998 that an Indian Medical Director was not wanted. This spurred me on and I became Medical Director
If you want change - YOU must be the change
I learnt a lot from meeting and talking with families of patients
If a leader is not honest the organisation will get a reputation of being untrustworthy very quickly'
20,000 patients die each year due to medical errors
It is a system problem, it is wrong to blame one doctor
Remember - Happy staff equals Happy Patient - Unhappy staff equals Unhappy patient
The NHS is the best asset of this country"


Supporting International Medical Graduates: Looking ahead
Rosemary Emodi,
Head of Global Affairs, The Royal College of Surgeons
Pre Event Abstract
Medical Royal Colleges have an important role to play in supporting international doctors within the NHS and increasingly, colleges are collaborating with each other and the GMC to support overseas doctors who come to work and train in the UK through training schemes operated by the colleges under the Medical Training Initiative (MTI). This session will explore the: 
(a) Wider context and work of the medical Royal Colleges and their engagement with international doctors; 
(b) Need for more joined-up working in order to provide a ‘safety net’ for IMGs; 
(c) Extent to which structural issues within the NHS become ‘amplified’ for IMGs; and 
(d) Impact of Brexit on the future recruitment and retention of IMGs. 
Rosemary said:
"At The RCS we have an International Surgical Training Programme. We have 53 partner institutions which the staff come through
The biggest problem with international doctors is the isolation they feel
Brexit - There has always been a demand for international Drs and Nurses, this will continue to grow
EU healthcare workers will have their qualifications and registration recognised after we leave
The reality is The NHS needs workers"

PANEL DISCUSSION: Ongoing Support, What ongoing support do international doctors need? Are they getting it?
Parag Singhal BAPIO, Ian McNeill Head of Regional Liaison Service General Medical Council (GMC), with Lucy Warner Chief Executive NHS Practitioner Health Programme
Lucy "A spiral of events can lead to a devastating situation
Overseas doctors are often struggling financially, they often take junior positions after being quite senior in their countries
They have no permanent base here and it can be quite isolating
I don’t think support of refugee Dr's is good enough, it is very hard for them to get onto the GMC register
Unless our government changes the way it treats refugees, then unfortunately this won't change
We have to work around collaboration and extended support for International Doctors"

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