Proven NHS Medical CV Template - Walkthrough10 August, 2023
Creating the perfect medical CV is vital to a successful NHS job application. Luckily we've created an ideal template version which has been use...
Creating the perfect medical CV is vital to a successful NHS job application. Luckily we've created an ideal template version which has been used by thousands of UK and international doctors. In this video we’ll walk you through each section of the template so that you can create your perfect version!
You can download the template here and follow along whilst we work through each section:
In the video you'll learn
- The perfect order for your professional qualifications, registrations and licenses
- How to write a professional statement in two concise paragraphs rather than a lengthy cover letter
- Why it's important to list keys skills and competencies in to separate sections - 'independent and assisted'
- How to display your work history in a way that will make total sense to any NHS employer
- Other sections to add and what to exclude
- Top tips on formatting and why personal details should sometimes be left out
You can skip ahead using these chapter timings:
- 00:00 - Introduction
- 00:45 - Filling in Professional Summary
- 02:32 - Personal and Career Summary
- 05:06 - Clinical Skills and Competencies
- 06:45 - Employment History
- 09:22 - Additional Sections
- 11:38 - Adding your References
- 12:33 - Formatting your CV
- 15:53 - Where to download our template
Once you've downloaded the template, watched the video and completed your shiny new CV then go ahead and email it across to so that our expert team can take a look and give you any helpful pointers!
BDI Resourcing are proud to have placed thousands of medical doctors in to over 100 NHS Trusts. If we can help with your journey to the UK or between NHS employers then get in touch.
A transcript of the video can be found below:
00:07 Hi guys, and welcome to today's
00:09 episode of the Vlog series.
00:11 Today we're going to walk you through
00:13 how to create the perfect medical CV.
00:16 We've done a previous video on this,
00:18 but we've updated the CV template.
00:20 We've now got a section where you can
00:22 download it from our website as well, so
00:23 we're really excited to share it with you.
00:26 We'll put the link to where you can download the template
00:29 from so you can work away on your own CV.
00:32 But this video is going to walk you through
00:33 each individual section of it and what you should
00:36 include to give yourself the best chance of securing
00:39 a job in the NHS as a doctor.
Filling in Professional Summary
00:47 All right.
00:48 So the very first section, we're going to put it
00:50 up on the screen so that you can see it.
00:52 It's the professional summary.
00:54 Of course, as a doctor, you need to
00:56 have all the correct licences, all the correct
00:58 accreditations and all the correct qualifications.
01:01 So this is arguably the most
01:03 important section of a medical CV.
01:05 If you're an international doctor, which I know
01:08 many of the viewers are, it's so important
01:10 to get this the right way around.
01:12 The most important thing you can do is exemplify to
01:15 the NHS that you have all of the right credentials.
01:18 So, right at the very, very top,
01:20 GMC registration and your registration number - make
01:24 sure that is front and centre.
01:26 If you've not quite got it yet, or your
01:28 pending ID cheque, write that down, make it really
01:31 clear where you're up to with the GMC status.
01:35 Next down from that, we would
01:37 go with any overseas registrations.
01:39 So if you're registered with any medical councils overseas,
01:43 in India or even Ireland, wherever it might be
01:45i n the world, put those down too.
01:48 Follow it up with your postgraduate qualifications.
01:51 So these are arguably the most
01:52 important if you're a senior doctor.
01:55 So if you've come through the MRCP route or
01:57 the FRCR route, or whichever qualification it is, denote
02:02 that just below so that it's very clear that
02:04 you are a senior level doctor.
02:06 Of course, if you're a junior doctor and
02:07 you've come through the PLAB route, denote PLAB
02:09 down at this point as well.
02:12 Equally just below that, any internationally recognised qualifications
02:16 as well, things like DNB from India, because
02:19 they are recognised training programmes. Whilst the GMC
02:22 don't recognise them for registration, employers will often
02:25 still recognise them as well, because it's such
02:27 a common, well trodden route that they do
02:30 want to know about those qualifications.
02:32 So do get them in there.
02:33 Just below that, we would put your IELTS,
02:36 or OET results, if you're coming internationally.
02:38 Of course, again, it might seem obvious to you
02:42 if you've got GMC registration, that you've got IELTS
02:44 or OET, but actually, to an employer, they might
02:47 not know the process as well as you do.
02:49 You'd be surprised.
02:50 So it's really important to just spell it out for
02:53 them, make it really clear that you have everything you
02:56 need in order to work in the NHS.
02:59 Follow this up with your MBBS, your medical degree,
03:02 of course, highly important if you're a junior doctor.
03:06 You're going to be very proud of this.
03:07 If you're a more senior doctor, you might find that
03:10 it's been a little bit usurped by the royal college
03:13 qualifications that you've done later on in your career, but
03:16 it's still very important to denote that and then follow on
03:20 with anything else that you think is of importance.
03:22 Often things like life support courses or safeguarding courses that
03:26 you've done, they can be really important to put in
03:28 there as well, because they show that you've done the
03:30 extra work and that you'll be a safe doctor when
03:33 it comes to working in the NHS.
Personal and Career Summary
03:41 All right,
03:43 personal summary and career objective.
03:45 Now, we often get asked the question whether you
03:47 should include a cover letter with your CV.
03:50 My personal advice is not to bother.
03:53 I think that you can sum it up on
03:55 the first page of your CV with two paragraphs.
03:57 The first paragraph should be a
03:59 little bit of history and background.
04:01 It should encapsulate your career to
04:03 date in a few sentences.
04:06 And then the second should talk about your
04:08 aspirations and goals for your future career.
04:12 So you might want to start by saying something like,
04:14 "I've worked as a medicine doctor for the last 15
04:17 years, I've specialised in gastroenterology and I've completed my MRCP
04:23 with a view to joining the GMC Register."
04:26 The second paragraph might then be, "my career goal
04:29 is to join the NHS, complete my training and
04:32 continue working as a consultant in the longer term".
04:35 So it doesn't really matter what the content
04:37 is, but keep it to those two paragraphs.
04:39 Don't get too wordy with it.
04:41 We see lots and lots of people going
04:43 overboard and writing things that they love about
04:45 themselves or their hobbies and all these wild
04:48 things that actually aren't too important.
04:50 I think if you're going to grab an employer's attention,
04:53 it's got to be all about a brief synopsis of what
04:56 you've done and then something just to say what it
04:59 is you intend to do in the future that's going
05:01 to get them excited about your CV.
Clinical Skills and Competencies
05:10 Okay, so the next section is
05:12 about competencies, procedures and clinical skills.
05:16 This one is probably more important for
05:18 an international doctor, an IMG doctor.
05:21 If you've come through a UK training pathway and you've
05:24 got that on your CV, it's going to be pretty
05:26 clear what competencies you've got, because you'll have followed
05:29 the same path as the person reviewing your CV.
05:32 That said, if you're an international doctor, it's a
05:34 really important section, because what you're doing here
05:37 is trying to tell your employer the differences between
05:40 what you've done and what you do day to day
05:42 in your home country, in your current practise, versus
05:46 what is going to be done in the NHS.
05:49 And that's particularly important, not because they're looking
05:52 to trip you up or find out the things that
05:53 you can't do, but it might just be to
05:55 figure out the areas where you're going to need
05:57 more support, more guidance and more coaching.
06:01 So we've always said split it into two sections.
06:04 Talk about the things you can do independently
06:07 and then talk about the things you can
06:08 do assisted as well, if you can.
06:11 And I know it's often difficult because logbooks
06:13 don't always get kept perfectly well in other
06:17 healthcare systems, but try and be as accurate
06:19 as you can with numbers.
06:20 If there's some things that you're doing day in, day
06:23 out, then the frequencies going to be very, very high.
06:25 If there's some things that you've done three
06:27 or four times, note that as well.
06:30 It tells a lot about what you've
06:31 done and how you've done it.
06:33 So this is a really important section and you really
06:36 are looking to paint a picture to your NHS employer
06:38 of the difference between what you're doing now and what
06:41 you might be doing in the job itself.
06:50 So the next section, of
06:51 course, is your employment history.
06:53 You're going to start with your most
06:55 recent job and you're going to work
06:56 your way backwards in chronological order.
06:58 Really important to do that.
06:59 You'd be surprised how many times we see
07:01 CVs that are in the wrong order.
07:03 They start from their medical degree and move forwards.
07:06 You want to talk to them about the job that you
07:08 are doing right now, most recently at the very top.
07:13 And the reason for that of course is that that's
07:15 most likely going to be the job that's similar
07:16 to the one that you're applying for.
07:19 Again, there is probably a slight difference here.
07:22 If you're applying as a doctor who's worked in
07:24 the NHS, then maybe you won't need to include
07:26 quite as much detail, particularly if you're applying locally.
07:29 If you're moving from one Trust in Manchester to
07:32 a neighbouring trust in Manchester, then perhaps you
07:34 don't need to denote quite as much detail about the
07:37 type of hospital, the number of beds, the types
07:40 of patients that you see and so on, because
07:42 it'll be familiar to your employer in the NHS.
07:44 That said, if you're coming as an IMG
07:47 from a different country and you've worked in
07:49 Alexandria, in Egypt, maybe the person reviewing your
07:54 CV is very unlikely to know the hospital.
07:57 They won't know how big it is, the
07:59 types of patients that are getting seen, how
08:01 busy it is, all those types of things.
08:03 So it's really important to make a note of those.
08:07 Of course, you're going to talk about your
08:09 duties and responsibilities within this as well.
08:12 But before you do that, just make a note of the
08:14 number of beds, the type of patients that you see,
08:17 any on-calls that you work is really important because that's
08:20 going to be a big thing in the NHS.
08:21 So if you've done it, shout about it.
08:23 In this section, basically, just as with the clinical skills
08:28 and competency section, you're looking to paint a really good
08:31 picture of the type of hospital you've worked in and
08:34 the type of job you've done and how that will
08:36 be similar or maybe different to the job that you're
08:39 applying for in the NHS.
08:41 Give most detail on the current employment and then,
08:45 as you work backwards, less detail can be used.
08:48 So if you're a junior doctor, of course
08:51 all of the detail might be about your
08:52 internship and your post years from that.
08:55 If you're a consultant, then of course you're going
08:57 to want to talk about your consultant experience.
09:00 Make it really clear if you do work independently,
09:04 I think that's something as a consultant, you've got
09:06 to spell out for the NHS as well.
09:08 They want to know that you're working
09:09 independently, because that's exactly what's going to
09:11 be expected of you here.
09:13 And obviously, the further back in your career you
09:15 go, you might not need to talk in as
09:17 much detail about your registrar or junior level work.
09:27 All right, so there's a few additional sections that you're
09:29 going to want to include at the end of your CV.
09:33 Don't put these higher up in your CV,
09:34 as they're not seen as quite as important
09:37 and they're more going to be for points
09:39 of interest, talking points during your interview.
09:41 So they start with conferences and courses attended.
09:45 Keep it relevant.
09:46 I think the main thing here is that no
09:48 one wants to know about every course you've attended
09:50 for the last 20 years, particularly if they weren't
09:52 relevant to the specialism that you're applying to or
09:55 the grade that you're applying to.
09:57 So keep them to the most prestigious and the ones that
10:00 you're most proud of and the ones that are relevant to
10:04 the employment that you're going to be applying for.
10:07 The next one is research and publications.
10:09 Now, depending on the role you're applying for,
10:11 of course, this may be arguably more important.
10:14 If it's a research based role or it comes
10:16 with an education element to it, then you might
10:19 want to include this slightly more prevalently.
10:22 Again, make sure they're all well cited and that they
10:25 can all be followed up and checked if required.
10:28 Very unlikely that they would be to look
10:30 at them all, but it is entirely possible.
10:33 Awards and any accreditations that
10:35 you've got is another section.
10:37 So if you have won any prestigious awards,
10:39 you might want to denote these here.
10:41 If it was something particularly outstanding, you'd maybe
10:45 even put it right at the very top
10:46 on the front page with your other credentials.
10:49 And then the final thing would just be any relevant
10:52 skills or anything else that you wanted to share.
10:54 So some people like to put any personal
10:56 interests and hobbies in this section, but it
10:58 might be any other professional skills that you've
11:01 got, like leadership or anything like that too.
11:03 All really important information, but can be put further back
11:08 in your CV in the kind of order of preference.
11:11 I think, on the whole, the NHS are going to
11:13 look at, are you qualified to do the job?
11:16 Have you got the right licences?
11:18 They're then going to look at your skills and competencies,
11:22 they're then going to look at your work history and
11:25 then they're going to get to this section.
11:26 So you can leave it further towards the end and it's probably
11:30 only going to be one or two pages, as opposed to the
11:33 main bulk of it that are going to come earlier on.
Adding your References
11:41 Final point.
11:42 You're going to want to include some references too.
11:45 Some people prefer to put
11:47 "references available upon request".
11:50 Perhaps you've not quite told your employer
11:52 that you're going to be leaving yet
11:53 and you want to keep them confidential.
11:54 That's usually absolutely fine.
11:57 You will be expected to provide references covering the last
12:00 three years and usually three references in number as well,
12:05 so you can include them if you wanted to.
12:07 And obviously if you've worked with someone who knows
12:09 someone in the place you're applying to, then it's
12:11 going to add a little bit of weight, even
12:13 if they don't make the application for those references.
12:16 Usually references are applied for after someone has been
12:19 offered a job, so it'll be a conditional offer
12:22 based on good references, so you don't need to
12:24 worry about including them on your CV and perhaps
12:26 people getting contacted before you've even done an interview.
Formatting your CV
12:37 So one final note is just around the
12:40 formatting of your CV and a few little
12:43 tips and tricks that we recommend as well.
12:46 So the format of your CV. Ideally
12:49 download the template guide that we've provided here.
12:51 It's really good, it covers everything off perfectly.
12:54 It's tried and tested.
12:56We've placed 1500 plus doctors to date into the NHS and
13:00 most of of the time we use this CV template.
13:03 So it does work, it will grab
13:05 attention, so feel free to download it.
13:08 We'll put the link in the text below the video.
13:12 But if you are going to use your own
13:14 formatting, important to use things like tables, things like
13:17 bullet points, keep it very clear, keep it very
13:20 concise, particularly where there's listed elements like your credentials,
13:24 your licences and so on.
13:27 Try not to play around too much with Word
13:29 Arts and strange fonts and things like that.
13:32 People want to see it in a
13:33 professional font with clear headings in bold and
13:37 then of course, normal text throughout.
13:41 One thing we see quite a lot on international
13:42 CVs is people putting things like pictures at the
13:46 top, so photographs of themselves, which is acceptable in
13:50 some cultures. It's not unacceptable in the NHS, it's
13:53 just not something that's really done
13:54 in the UK.
13:56 You'll be judged on your professional skills and
13:59 your credentials rather than what you look like.
14:02 And equally there's other things that aren't
14:05 really necessary to include on your CV.
14:07 Things like marital status, religious beliefs.
14:12 Again, in the UK it is generally accepted
14:15 that you can be whoever you are.
14:17 You'll be judged on the basis of
14:19 your professional experience and nothing more.
14:22 So you don't need to include those
14:23 elements on a CV for the NHS.
14:26 But of course, if you want to, you can.
Where to download our template
14:29 In terms of any other tips, if you wanted
14:32 to get your CV reviewed by BDI Resourcing then
14:36 please do email it across to us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
14:40 One of our expert team will be able to take a look.
14:43 As I said, we've placed more than 1500 doctors into
14:46 the NHS, so we know a good CV from a
14:48 bad CV and we're more than happy to help.
14:57 Thank you so much for listening to
14:58 today's episode of the Vlog series.
15:01 As we've mentioned, please do download
15:03 a copy of the template CV.
15:05 It's completely free, and we think it will really,
15:07 really help you securing a job in the NHS.
15:09 And if you wanted to have your CV reviewed
15:11 or if you want to talk about any upcoming
15:14 jobs in the NHS, then please email us email@example.com.
15:19 As always, we'll put the contact details
15:20 up at the end of the video.