As previously mentioned (3.2.2), it is important to keep a folder of all activities relevant to CPD for revalidation purposes. It is also worth keeping a record of the practical procedures that you have carried out. Obtain a testimonial about your work from your employers before you leave.
If on your return to the UK you wish to return to UK practice, you will need to ensure you are on the GMC Register and have a Licence to Practise. If you are wishing to enter General Practice, you will need to get onto a PCT Performers' List; this will probably require some retraining, organised by the Deanery. The retraining process is currently not standardised and different deaneries have different requirements. If you have had regular appraisals while abroad, the process may be easier. The situation with hospital posts is considerably less structured than in General Practice, but appraisal evidence will probably be helpful.
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. It is difficult to assess and apply for posts prior to your return but having a friend scanning the opportunities, making enquiries on your behalf is helpful. It is certainly worth maintaining contacts, while away, with seniors you have worked with in the UK and with your Regional Advisor.
God is in control
Re-entry is not an easy time but having said all these things, all that was said about going overseas is equally true of returning home. Hold on to the fact that if you are back where God wants you to be, doing what he wants you to be doing, he will 'work out all things for the good of those who love him and put their trust in him' (Romans 8:28). He may not necessarily work things out according to our plan and timescale but he will achieve his plan and keep his promises.