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10 Tips for General Practitioners Relocating to Ireland

If you're a general practitioner or a family trained doctor contemplating a move to Ireland, you've come to the right place. Relocating can be a thrilling adventure, but it's essential to be well-prepared for the journey. Clarity Recruitment, one of Ireland's leading healthcare recruitment agencies can help you with this big step! Here are our top ten tips to make your relocation as smooth as possible:

1. Optimising Your CV

When it comes to your CV, think expansively. In Ireland, the norm is a detailed and structured CV, and we recommend no less than four pages. Whether you're newly qualified or have years of experience, a comprehensive CV is a must. For further guidance on crafting the perfect CV, check out our dedicated blog post.

2. Understanding the Registration Process

To practice medicine in Ireland, you must be registered with the Irish Medical Council. Without registration your application may not be considered. The registration process varies based on your qualifications and experience. We have several blogs written on the process which we have linked below.

For more detailed information and guidelines, you can visit the Irish Medical Council's website.

Doctor on his computer

Before you can practise medicine, you need to register with the IMC

3. Indemnity Insurance

Once you're registered, you will need to have Indemnity Insurance to practise medicine in Ireland. This insurance safeguards you from legal costs and compensation claims from patients in case of disputes. While some practices cover this insurance, it's wise to get a quote to understand the cost implications and its impact on your annual income. You can find more information on indemnity insurance here.

4. Researching a Working Visa

If your move to Ireland requires a visa, research the available options that best suit your needs. Consider the longevity of the visa. Are you restricted to moving roles during the contract? What type of contract will you need to be able to apply for a visa? How does it affect your family to relocate or even visit on holiday? What steps will they have to take to come into Ireland? Understanding the visa requirements is crucial for a smooth transition. We have outlined some of the main visa types here.

5. Familiarising Yourself with the Irish Healthcare System

Take some time to familiarise yourself with the Irish healthcare system. Understand the sectors, patient types, and decide if you prefer the public or private sector. Clarity Recruitment offers a comprehensive guide for all healthcare professionals contemplating relocation, and is very helpful for you as a citizen in Ireland who may have to avail of urgent or emergency care services.

6. Knowing Your Support Structures

Know and lean on our support structures! Clarity Recruitment should be your primary support throughout your relocation. We can offer invaluable insights into not only the job market but also the rental market, schooling systems and locations across Ireland. We can also help point you in the right direction for other support networks like relocation companies and groups that can help!
Additionally, you can also get information from other sources such as Citizens Information the Irish Medical Council.

7. Researching Your Ideal Location

Whether your job dictates your location of residence or you have a specific county in mind, thorough research is essential. It is important to look into all the amenities around the local area to ensure they tick all your boxes. Think of what would be Important to have and nice to have in order to make compromises. Consider factors like schooling, entertainment, hobbies, transportation, and more. Make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves for your new home.

Doctor talking to patients in her office

Consider all options when choosing a town to relocate to

8. Considering Relocation Logistics

Once you've chosen your location, it's time to think about the logistics of your move. What do you need to bring, and how can you get your belongings to Ireland? Do you have pets that need to join you? Clarity Recruitment has a comprehensive guide to help you through this process.

9. Exploring Employment Opportunities

Take a moment to reflect on the type of work you'd like to do in Ireland. The role of a general practitioner in Ireland can vary widely, offering diverse employment opportunities and benefits. You can view all of our current GP vacancies here to see if any align with your career goals.

10. Setting Up Necessities

It’s easy to discover what you need to set up in order to start working in Ireland; Bank account, Personal Public Service number, etc. The hard part is all the other necessities that tend to be overlooked. Have a list and slowly tick it off as you get things actioned. Services such as electricity, internet and phone, heating systems and other utilities need to be considered.

Want to learn more about relocating? We've created a whole relocation series on our website to help you navigate this daunting process!

Start the Relocation Process Today

If you're ready to make the move to Ireland as a general practitioner or family physician, our team at Clarity Recruitment will be happy to help! You can speak to one of our dedicated recruiters who will point you in the right direction with all of the above steps.

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Posted on 19 October 2023 by Laura Mulchrone
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