REACHE North West supports refugee and asylum seeker doctors, nurses and allied health professionals on a comprehensive pathway into NHS employment.
REACHE is the only UK programme to currently offer refugee and asylum seekers a complete in-house pathway to registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The REACHE programme offers
- English language teaching for the Occupational English Test (OET)
- Fully integrated programme of language, communications skills and clinical teaching
- PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 exam support required for GMC registration
- Pastoral package including counselling, coaching, housing and employment support
- Clinical programme led by experienced GPs and hospital consultants
- 12 module professionalism training packages for international medical graduates
- Cultural adaptation support
- Outreach referrals for people and their families.
Est 2003 and funded by Health Education England.
Since inception until 2022:
- 612 refugee and asylum seeker healthcare professionals supported
- 289 REACHE refugee and asylum seeker doctors work in the NHS
- Over 500 REACHE refugee and asylum seekers work as GPs, associate specialists, consultants, speciality trainees, nurses, lab technicians, radiographers or dentists in the NHS.
- 87% of people in the programme are from Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Libya, Yemen, Eritrea, Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan
It takes anywhere from 3 months to 2.5 years to retrain from REACHE programme to employment within the NHS.
By training refugee and asylum seekers, the REACHE programme has saved the public purse £6.5 million.
We partner with:
- Health Education England
- NHS Northern Care Alliance
- University of Manchester
REACHE has been supporting health professionals since 2003, is hosted at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust and is funded by Health Education England.