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The Clinical Attachment Process

Clinical attachments can be an effective method for medical students from abroad to experience the daily life of doctors working in the NHS. It is possible to observe an expert in a specific area without the burden of providing care to patients.

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What is an attachment for clinical use?

A clinical attachment can assist you in preparing you for working within the NHS.

It gives you an understanding of the medical procedures and procedures in the NHS through watching an expert in the relevant area of expertise at working.

Attachments generally last between two and four months . They cost as low as PS400.

In the course of attachment the attachment, you do not receive any responsibility. You are also not able to take clinical decisions or provide clinical advice.

After a few months of watching consultants, it is possible that you could be able to begin taking on clinical tasks. This is based on an assessment of risk, and with the guidance of your consultant.

The duties are usually only applicable to:

Watching the consultations
Participating in the administration of patients
taking patient histories
Physical tests
Being observant during the operation.

Do I need to do an academic attachment?

It’s not required to be a doctor for GMC registration or work within the NHS. But, your experience helpful in proving that you are in line with the requirements by doctors.

The knowledge you acquire will be pertinent to your GMC application to register. It will request the details of your entire experiences in the past five years. This includes medical as well as non-medical.

The experience has shown that it is beneficial to complete a clinical attachment prior to taking part two of the PLAB test, or once you’ve completed it. This helps ensure you be able to get the most value from the test.


You must meet the following requirements:

the successful completion of an investigation into criminal records
documents that prove your identity
If you’re not an indigenous English speaker, you’ll require to have an IELTS or OET certificate of level 7.5 or equivalent levels of English you are able to prove
occupational health certificate issued by the NHS trust
attending the doctors’ introduction day before the attachment starts the attachment, if applicable.
positive references from the referees mentioned on the application for.


Generally speaking, medical graduates who are not from the EEA require a standard visitor’s visa to enter the UK.

A standard visitor’s visa lasts for a maximum of six months where you will be able to pass PLAB 2 test. PLAB 2 test, and then complete your clinical component.

The search for a connection with a medical institution

There is no tool that is universally available for locating the clinical attachment.

You can use the internet to search for clinical attachments such as NHS hospitals as well as postgraduate deaneries.

This list contains examples of trusts that run attachment clinics:

You could also ask your relatives or friends who work at an NHS hospital to connect you with a doctor who specializes in your field.

You can also email consultants directly, by browsing hospitals’ websites and clicking on the departments you’re interested in.