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The Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project (LRDP)

LRDP aims to create the best possible scheme across Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire by supporting refugees who are medically qualified in their home Country to achieve GMC registration, which will enable them to continue their careers in the UK and support the local NHS workforce.

As well as providing support with preparing for the GMC registration requirements through a structured learning programme, LRDP will also help our programme members to settle well in the local community by providing support with:

  • Help with finding suitable local accommodation for members and their families
  • Help with securing part-time employment and/or clinical placements with local NHS Trusts to enable positive learning experiences

As the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project approaches its four-year anniversary, Dr Hazzim Elawad, who gained GMC registration in May 2023, shares his thoughts on the benefits of programme membership. [Click here to read more]


“I’m looking forward to meeting refugee doctors and hearing more about their journey to the UK.
I’m hopeful that together we can support more refugee doctors into the NHS for the benefit of the people of Lincolnshire.”

Andrew North.
Chairman of Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project


We are recruiting new members now!

If you are a refugee or an asylum seeker,

Why Lincolnshire &
North East Lincolnshire?

There are many opportunities in North East Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire within the NHS.

Lincolnshire has a fantastic university with brand new medical school, highly recommended schools and all the benefits that a small City can offer while North East Lincolnshire offers lovely coastal towns with historic Cleethorpes Pier and Grimsby Dock Tower.
Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire benefits from relatively cheap cost of living, affordable housing and friendly people and communities

New Horizons:
The refugee doctor experience

We’ve recently supported Anne Marie a student in Salford in producing this film about the experiences of refugee Doctors in their own words. The Doctors in the film are those who we’ve worked with in varying different ways on our programme over the past 2/3 years, you will also hear from members of our programme team in why we do what we do and how we offer support to our programme members.

We need each other

“In December 2018 I was at the Great British Folk Festival, it was the last sets of the Friday evening and I had the choice of 2 bands to go to see, both of which I had heard but never seen. I chose to see Merry Hell, that was a great choice for the finale of that Friday evening but also started a journey of continued help and support to us, from this great band that is Merry Hell . During their set I heard for the first time ‘We Need Each Other Now’ it had immediate impact on me as it was so relevant to the work the Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project (LRDP) is doing. I contacted the band to see if they would allow us to use this song and its video in our publicity, they agreed without hesitation.

Since then, this brilliant song has and will always be associated with LRDP as it sums up the reason, we are doing the work we are. When you listen to this song and watch the video, it also has major significance to what has happened in 2020 during the COVID 19 outbreak. Please take the time listen to this song and watch the captivating video, you will not regret it.

Thank you, Merry Hell, for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated”

Vince Ion,
Board Director

What our doctors say:

It has been an honour and pleasure to be a part of the programme. It was an excellent opportunity for me to brush up my clinical skills, to understand the society and culture better, to learn about the NHS in depth and to observe it in a hospital setting. You have provided me a good clinical training from a wonderful team of specialist doctors , a clinical attachment at the hospital setting and psychological support. Thank you to everyone who is involved in this wonderful project


My name is Husain and I am a refugee doctor and proud to be a member of Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project, which helped me to start my speciality training in the UK. Indeed, the LDRP found a clinical attachment placement for me at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby, where I acquired the knowledge and skills needed to start working for the NHS. With their help, I am currently working at Leeds General Infirmary as a specialist trainee in paediatrics.


If you are a refugee doctor in the UK who needs a clinical attachment in an NHS hospital, we can help you too. The Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project works closely with our local NHS trusts and has helped to facilitate not only clinical attachments such as Husain’s, but also paid bank and temporary work placements which are invaluable for our members’ communication and clinical skills. For further information, please email

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