Tier 2 Sponsorship
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the Tier 2 Sponsor for all Medical Trainees and Dental DCT and ST trainees in Scotland.
NHS Education for Scotland is responsible for issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) to Medical trainees and Dental DCT and ST trainees, requiring Tier 2 sponsorship on behalf of the trainees' current employer*. The Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship will cover the duration of the training programme only and all rotations, up to a maximum of five years if required for the programme, as per Home Office regulations.
It is anticipated that this arrangement will be more attractive to Medical trainees and Dental CT and ST trainees as it minimises the administrative and associated costs incurred. Trainees will only have to apply for a new visa when their programme comes to an end, or after five years for programmes exceeding five years in duration, rather than the previous process which required trainees to re-apply every time their employment changed as a result of a change in rotation.
We trust that this information will be received as a positive step towards generating efficiency and enhancing attractiveness to working in Scotland for all Medical Trainees and Dental DCT and ST trainees employed by the NHS in Scotland.
*Please note: sponsorship is dependent on a trainee being appointed to a Medical Training post or Dental DCT or ST post in Scotland. The issuing of a COS does not guarantee a post. Applying for a visa and being granted the right to work in the UK is only one part of employers pre employment checks. Trainees must ensure they meet all of their employers pre employment checks before they will be eligible to start a post. If an employer advises NES that a trainee no longer has a post, sponsorship will be withdrawn immediately. Please be aware that due to timescales set by Home Office legislation, the COS may be issued to trainees whilst other pre employment checks are still ongoing.
For posts commencing in 2019 in Scotland, a Tier 2 Medical Trainee, Dental DCT or ST Trainee currently sponsored by NHS Education for Scotland is exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), and is eligible to be offered a medical training post anywhere in Scotland through the National selection process. Please note: this policy applies ONLY to Tier 2 medical or dental trainees currently sponsored by NHS Education for Scotland who have applied to, or wish to be restricted to an offer for, a medical or dental training post within Scotland.
If you are recruited to a Medical training or Dental DCT or ST training programme in Scotland, and are NOT currently sponsored by NHS Education for Scotland, but will require Tier 2 sponsorship to be eligible to commence in post, the Resident Labour Market Test may apply in your instance. Please refer to the recruitment guidance for the specific specialty you are applying to for more information.
Any trainee who requires Tier 2 sponsorship to be eligible to commence in post, will be contacted by NHS Education for Scotland to request the essential information required for their Certificate of Sponsorship application shortly after they have accepted a post. Trainees will be asked to provide the data via an online system.
If you have accepted a post and require Tier 2 sponsorship, but have not been contacted by NES, please contact the NES Tier 2 Sponsorship team as soon as possible at: email@example.com.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: TIER 2 SPONSORSHIP PROCESS
The following guidance documents provide further information on the NES Tier 2 sponsorship arrangements and how to access the NES Tier 2 system and provide the details required:
Tier 2 Process Flow Chart - provides an overview of the process and what information will be required at each stage.
Tier 2 System: Trainee Roles and Responsibilities - confirms how to access the system and what data must be provided for the COS application
Standard Operating Procedures for NES & Terratiorial Health Boards (this document is under review and will be available shortly)- Appendix C of this document is particularly relevant to trainees.
Please note: the above documents currently only refer to medical trainees, but the same processes will apply to Dental DCT and ST trainees too.The guidance will be updated to include Dental DCT and ST trainees shortly.
Frequently Asked Questions- we have developed FAQs which should answer most of your queries with regard to the Tier 2 sponsorship process for Medical Trainees and Dental DCT and ST Trainees in Scotland.
If you have any queries with regard to Tier 2 sponsorship, please contact the NES Tier 2 Sponsorship team at: firstname.lastname@example.org