What is the GMC?

  • April 10, 2020

The GMC is the public body that maintains the register of Medical Practitioners in the UK.

The chief responsibility of the General Medical Council is to ‘protect, promote and maintain the health and safety of the public’  in addition to improving medical education and practice across the UK. They define their role with the four main duties below:

  • Decide which doctors are qualified to work in the UK
  • Oversee UK Medical education and training
  • Set the standards doctors need to follow throughout their career
  • When necessary, take action to prevent unsafe practice or patient safety being jeopardised

How does the GMC support itself?

Through people like you! The GMC is supported by fees paid by the doctors that make up its membership, and it became a registered charity in 2001.

Where is the GMC based?

The GMC has offices in Central London and Manchester and you will need to personally attend an ID check at one of these offices in order to complete your registration. This can also be a great opportunity to meet your IMG Consultant and get to know the UK a little before relocating!

Licensing and revalidating doctors in the UK

The GMC is also responsible for licensing and revalidating every doctor practising in the UK.

This is essential to continued practice and needs completing every 5 years. This will be very important for you in years to come. You can find out more about revalidation here.

How do I register with the GMC?

Registering with the GMC is a multi-staged process and requires deeper explanation! Find out how to become a fully registered member of the GMC by having a look at our blog on GMC Registration

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