Bristol is a culturally and ethnically diverse city, home to people from all over the world. If you’re looking to relocate, then we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. Often called little London, the city has many music venues, galleries and festivals that drive its creative reputation.


Weston-super-Mare might sound like a sleepy sea-side town, but there’s plenty going on! Just off the M5 and close to Bristol, our coastal town in the English countryside is rather special. Steeped with Victorian history, there’s plenty of culture to be explored. This, alongside the beautiful beaches, great schools and affordable housing, makes Weston an idyllic place to live.

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Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to improve the health of the people we serve by delivering exceptional care, teaching and research every day. Read more about our Strategy

Our Trust Values

Our Trust values tell us what it means to be part of Team UHBW. Developed with staff, these values go to the heart of our organisation and are our guiding principles. Read more about our Trust Values here.

Our Culture

We want to see our staff flourish. As a medical professional at UH Bristol and Weston you could discover opportunities to expand your role across departments, access career development with supported development opportunities or delve into research to help you specialise your skill set

Skilled Worker Visa (formerly Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship)

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston is a fully licensed A-Rated Tier 2 sponsor, meaning we are able to sponsor Tier 2 applicants to enter the UK providing the candidate and the post meet all relevant Home office requirements. This means we can apply for sponsorship certificates directly therefore speeding up the process of the candidate entering the UK.

Relocation and Pastoral Support

There are resources dedicated to providing pastoral care to newcomers to our country. Our Trust provides an attractive and competitive Relocation Package that is designed to help our overseas recruits seamlessly move from their home countries. Your Relocation Manager will be able to discuss the specifics of your package during the recruitment process.

Development and Education

Being one of the largest teaching hospital Trust  in Southwest England, closely linked to the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, and other organizations worldwide, we are uniquely positioned to develop clinical skills and careers. A variety of workshops and seminars keep you updated on the latest clinical developments, encouraging postgraduate studies and research.


An industry leading pension scheme is offered by the NHS, which includes life insurance benefits, voluntary early retirement benefits, and ill health benefits. Click here for more information about NHS Pensions.

Staff Wellbeing

The Trust demonstrates its commitment to workplace wellbeing through the provision of a range of resources to support physical and psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. All colleagues have access to services which include: Wellbeing Workshops, Occupational Health service, counselling, physiotherapy support, and a chaplaincy team who provide pastoral and spiritual support. In addition, we are privileged to have 170+ colleagues within the Trust who act as a voluntary Wellbeing Advocates – helping to communicate what’s available and enhance accessibility.

We also offer a number of other initiatives to colleagues including: working during pregnancy workshops, menopause workshop, workplace wellbeing events, a cycle to work scheme and much more.

At UHBW we also have support available specifically for doctors including coaching, mentoring and 1:1 support from the Deputy Director for Medical Education for Consultants and Wellbeing for doctors.

Being an Inclusive Employer

The Trust is proud to have staff forums that include Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) and Living and Working with Disability, Illness or Injury (LAWDII).


Professional Registration

In order to practice in the UK, you will need to obtain GMC registration. The General Medical Council (GMC) is the independent organisation that sets standards for medical students and doctors in the UK.

The GMC website has lots of online resources and videos about what to expect when working in the UK which may be helpful.

All doctors working in the UK require GMC registration with a license to practice. More information about how to apply can be found on the website. It is important to start the application process in good time before you plan to enter the country as it can take up to 3 months when applying directly.

If you undertook your primary medical qualification in a country other than the United Kingdom, as part of your application enquiries the GMC will confirm the English Language Competency that they expect you to demonstrate. This may require you to undertake one or more of the following; (1) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and/or Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) Exam. See the GMC website following for more information.

There are several routes to obtain GMC registration, not all of these routes are offered by the department you’re applying to work, so please ensure you have clarified this with the Recruiting Manager at either the interview or offer stage:


The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) Scheme

The Medical Training Initiative (MTI) is a UK scheme that allows a fixed number of international medical graduate’s work and train within the NHS for a maximum of 24 months.

The primary purpose of the MTI scheme is to contribute to improving the quality of healthcare in developing countries. Therefore, allocation of MTI placements is given in a priority order. More information on this can be found in the prospective applicant’s section.

The scheme aims to share knowledge, experience, and best practice which benefits:

  • The international doctor, who gets training and development from the NHS
  • Their home country, to which they return with knowledge, skills and experience
  • And the NHS, which has spare training capacity filled by suitable graduate doctors

You can find more information about this scheme here

GMC Sponsorship Scheme

This scheme is designed to assist overseas qualified clinicians who require GMC registration.  We check every doctor’s identity and qualifications before sponsoring them for registration. We also take up references to ensure that there are no concerns about a doctor’s ability to practice safely.

Applicants wishing to apply to this scheme must have been offered a suitable training post in the UK. The application and assessment process is rigorous and may take up to 4 months.  These timescales are heavily dependent upon a number of factors, such as how quickly you are able to submit all of your supporting documents and the time it takes for the employing hospital or Trust to submit their documents too.


If you are already a specialist overseas, then you may be able to gain direct registration as a specialties and be recognised immediately as a UK Consultant. This involves compiling a set of documents demonstrating that you have the equivalent training and experience of a doctor who has completed specialty training (residency in the UK). This is known as the CESR route.

For further information contact the Talent Team directly at


We recommend you use  Zoopla or Rightmove. as your first port of call for your onwards accommodation needs. Also, here is an helpful Guide to Renting a Home from Zoopla which outlines step by step instructions and everything you need to be aware of when renting a property in the UK.

You can find an overview of the cost of living in the UK on Numbeo.

Please see interactive Map of Bristol and Weston to help you familiarise yourselves about nearby places to visit, shop, or to rent a house. Please use this link to learn more about average rent based on city/postcode.

For confirmation of employment requests required by letting agency and landlords, please email: The team will respond to these queries within 24-48 hours.


Please see the link below for Estate agents. This link opens in a new tab giving you contact details for the Estate Agents.


Weston super Mare


Schools in the UK are either a state school, funded by the government, and free to all pupils, or an independent school, with parents paying fees. Please click here to see the list of  private schools available in Bristol and Weston.

Children usually attend primary and secondary schools close to their homes if places are available. In England, school places can only be obtained through the local council.

Inspections take place regularly at schools and you can view the reports on the Ofsted website to see how well they’ve done.

For more information about Education in England, please click here


In most cases, children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) attend an ordinary school in their neighbourhood.

You’ll need an EHC plan if you plan to enroll your child at a special school or resource center.


There are several childcare options available including:

  • Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Crèches

In England, all three and four-year-old’s are entitled to 570 hours of free early education of childcare a year. Find out more about childcare in England