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Working in the UK

Your new life starts here

The UK is a richly diverse country. From the cosmopolitan, fast-paced, eclectic melting pot of London to the green, rolling hills of Yorkshire and the breathtaking coastline of Cornwall, you’ll be surprised at the variety on offer. There’s undoubtedly a location – and a position – to suit you here.

The NHS

The majority of healthcare in the UK is provided by the National Health Service (the NHS), founded in 1948, and one of the world’s largest publicly funded health services. It was born out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth, and is free at the point of use to anyone who is a UK resident. The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours. If you want to dive headlong into British life; if you want variety, pace and a fulfilling learning experience; there aren’t many other systems to beat it.

Teaching in England

Education in England is provided free of charge to every child (state schools), although there are also fee-paying schools. There is a National Curriculum in England and Wales which provides a framework for education and is divided into five “key stages” of a child’s education, taking them from age 5 to 18. All state schools are required to follow the National Curriculum and all private schools have to demonstrate that they provide a good all-round education. Schools are inspected regularly by the governing body Ofsted every few years.

Why Athona?

So if you’re thinking of moving to the UK to work here, why should you choose Athona as your agency? There are numerous reasons, but to put it simply: we’ll look after you. We have agreements to supply doctors and nurses of all specialties to hospitals all over the UK, and teachers into schools around and outside the London area. Our dedicated team is second-to-none at helping professionals through the process of moving to the UK.

If you’re a GMC-registered doctor, NMC-registered nurse or an allied health professional and would relish the chance to work in the UK, read the essential information in this section to find out how to get started.

Or if you’re a teacher wishing to work in England, please read our essential information for teachers.

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