Clinical attachments

Clinical attachments are a useful way for international medical graduates to get a taste of the working lives of doctors in the NHS. You can observe a consultant in a relevant specialty without having the responsibility of patient care.

Attachments usually last between two and six months and cost £350.

During the attachment, you are not given any responsibility and are not able to make clinical decisions or give clinical advice. The experience you gain will be relevant to your GMC application for registration. It will ask for details of all your work experience from the last five years both medical and non-medical.

Experience shows that it is advisable to do a clinical attachment shortly before taking part two of the PLAB test or after you have passed it. This ensures you will get the most out of it.

Application process 

Please email for more information. 

For medical student electives / medical student clinical attachments, please email