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Information for GP Practices

The Non-EU Rural GP programme is an important component of the multifaceted ICGP response to the severe GP workforce crisis in Ireland, especially in rural Ireland.

The programme is supported by ICGP, HSE and all the GP indemnity organisations.

Non-EU GPs will be enabled to work in routine, daytime rural GP practice for 2 years, with some GP out-of-hours work. The ICGP and the 'host' GP practice will provide substantial ongoing education supports and clinical supervision.

Experience Requirements

We are supporting non-EU doctors who already have at least three years appropriate general practice experience. The non-EU GP must also have experience in other clinical fields, such as paediatrics and general medicine. We require that they have passed the applicable English language test required by the Medical Council. The non-EU GP will have a named GP supervisor in their rural host GP practice.

Patient Safety

Patient safety is our top priority. The programme will provide a robust education programme including generous protected study time. This, combined with ongoing clinical supervision, will help ensure that participants practice safely and learn effectively. The programme will enable successful participants to undertake the MICGP exam, a benchmark of professional competence.

The programme will have ongoing evaluation of both process and outcomes.

Participation Information

If you are interested in participating in the Non-EU Rural GP Programme, you can

There is no closing date for submission of applications. We review applications at regular intervals. A member of the project team will be in contact with you following that review.

Acceptance into the ICGP Non-EU Rural GP Programme does not guarantee placement of a candidate GP in your practice.

Programme contact:
Carmel Brennan, Programme Manager ICGP Non-EU Rural GP Programme