College to support refugee doctors into work

City of Glasgow College, in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College, will provide tailored language courses to help refugee doctors reach the required standards of English to practise medicine in Scotland.

Funded by over £160,000 from Scottish Government and run by the Bridges Programmes in partnership with the BMA, NHS Education for Scotland and City of Glasgow and Clyde Colleges, the New Refugee Doctors Project is unique in the UK.

The programme will help suitably qualified refugees access training, language support and professional mentoring to help them meet the standards for professional registration with the General Medical Council and practise medicine in Scotland. As part of the funding, the doctors have also committed to working for NHS Scotland.

Kay Sheridan, Director of the Faculty of Education and Society, City of Glasgow College, said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this unique partnership to deliver tailored courses that will provide refugee doctors with the level of proficiency in English that will then allow them to sit the required English language, linguistic and clinical tests which permit them to work in the NHS."  

David Cullen, Curriculum Head, ESOL, said:

“City of Glasgow College has worked with the Bridges Programme for almost 10 years and our experience and expertise in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) means we are perfectly placed to provide these courses for a project which has a real and tangible benefit for Scottish society.”

Maggie Lennon, founder and Director of the Bridges Programmes, said:

“We are delighted the Scottish Government is willing to make this investment in these refugee doctors who are so eager to gain their GMC registration and start practicing again. Getting back to medicine means the world to these outstanding men and women, and helping them achieve that will be a major focus for Bridges Programmes.”