Inducting, Returning and Retaining the Workforce

Pre-CCT Schemes

Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors

Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors – a partnership scheme between – Health Education England, Barts Health NHS Trust, the Refugee Council, and RAGU (Refugee Assessment & Guidance Unit), London Metropolitan University 


The Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors is a partnership initiative seeking to support experienced doctors with refugee status who have been ‘out of practice’ and are wishing to pursue a future medical career within the NHS.

Following a successful pilot of the scheme in 2021, a second cohort is now being recruited to start in September 2022.

The scheme is run at Newham University Hospital, part of the prestigious Barts Health NHS Trust, which has considerable experience over the past ten years in successfully supporting refugee doctors return to medical practice through the CAPS (Clinical Apprenticeship Placement Scheme) and BBCA (Building Bridges Clinical Attachment) programme. 

The Medical Support Worker Scheme for Refugee Doctors aims to provide a structured programme of clinical and educational support, careers advice and guidance, exam support and language classes to enable a safe return, and transition into NHS medical practice.

The scheme will employ up to six refugee doctors at Barts Health NHS Trust for a period of 6-months as a Medical Support Worker (paid at an AfC Band 6 level). As part of the programme, participants will undertake clinical placements at Newham University Hospital, which has a strong track record of creating supportive learning environments for refugee doctors.

The scheme offers refugee doctors who successfully complete the 6-month programme a guaranteed place on the CAPS Scheme for refugee doctors.


For further information about the Scheme see the following: 

Medical Support Worker Scheme – Job Advert

Recruitment Information Pack

Medical Support Worker Scheme – Application form

Medical Support Worker Scheme – Reference Form (for Referees to complete)


***Applications are now OPEN for the scheme to start in September 2022***

To apply, please download theapplication formon this page.  We would advise you to refer to the Recruitment Information Pack, which includes the Job Description and Person Specification before you complete the application form. It is important in meet the essential person specification in the job description and be able to travel to Newham hospital. Unfortunately, no hospital-based residential accommodation is available.

The closing date for submitting your application is 5pm Tuesday, 12 July 2022 

Interviews for candidates who have been shortlisted are taking place (via Microsoft Teams) on Friday 22 July 2022 

Please email your application form, along with all relevant documents, a copy of your CV and covering letter to:


Who we are: 

Dr Mohammad Alam, Clinical Lead for Neonates and Training Programme Director for Return to Practice, Newham University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Emma Young, Emergency Medicine Consultant, Director of Medical Education, Newham University Hospital and Training Programme Director NCEL Emergency Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust

Dr Rizvia Khan, Interim Associate Dean, Professional Development Team, HEE London

Ms Lynne Rustecki: Education Lead - Specialist Clinical Communication and Linguistic Services, Professional Development Team, HEE London

Fahira Mulamehic, Employment Programmes Manager, Refugee Council

David Lowe, Associate Director HR, Education Academy, Barts Health NHS Trust