Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

Social Support and Integration

Getting to know Yorkshire and Humber

As part of your acclimatisation to working and living in the UK, we would encourage you to get to know our region in your leisure time. Yorkshire and Humber are home to some wonderful beauty spots, including a vast array of reservoirs, walking and hiking routes. We are also lucky to have four large, thriving cities (Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and York), as well as many charming small towns and villages. We hope that you can make the best of working in the region.

You may find the following websites to help you familiarise yourself with leisure activities in the region:

Yorkshire and Humber Social Prescribing Service

"I wholeheartedly recommend this service to anyone finding themselves in need of guidance or support. The level of care, empathy, and understanding extended to me was unparalleled." 

IMG New to the NHS, August 2023


We have a dedicated service run by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust to help support your move to the area of your training programme, wherever that happens to be throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region. We have social prescribers that can offer you guidance and help to lead you through the transition.

To find out more about the service and how to self-refer, please visit our Social Prescribing webpage

Guidance from IMGs in Yorkshire and Humber

IMG Handbook

A handbook for Yorkshire and Humber IMGs, written by Yorkshire and Humber IMGs, it contains a wealth of information specific to our region, including securing accommodation, shopping, transport and much more.

IMG Podcast Series

One of our previous Future Leader Fellows for IMG Support developed a podcast series, which aimed to share the experiences of other IMG Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs) and provide useful tips for your training journey. An overview of each episode and listening link can be found below:

Introduction A short introduction to the purpose of this podcast series
Episode One GP Postgraduate Doctor in Training (PGDiT), Dr CJ covers tips for the portfolio and how to escalate to seniors as an IMG doctor
Episode Two Dr Elyas, Paediatrics ST4 shares her journey into training and the challenges she faced
Episode Three Dr Cristina shares her experiences of communication challenges at work and working less than full time
Episode Four Dr Kike describes the challenges she faced with bringing her family to the UK as well as challenges with the visa process as an IMG doctor
Episode Five Dr Mahwish shares experiences from her trust grade job, reverse mentoring, resilience and self-compassion as an IMG
Episode Six Differential Attainment GP TPD, Dr Robert Amedzro, shares his views on the common challenges faced by IMG Postgraduate Doctors in Training (PGDiTs).
Episode Seven EDI Lead and HR Manager, Mano Jamieson, discusses what HR teams can do to improve the IMG transition, recognising racism and how to respond to microaggressions
Episode Eight Dr Tolu, a trust grade IMG doctor, shares her experience of adapting to working in the UK, overcoming communication difficulties and social isolation


IMG Virtual Networking Sessions

In 2023, the Future Leader Fellow for IMG Support ran a pilot of virtual networking sessions to support new IMGs in the region. Guest speakers were invited to each session to encourage a variety of content. An overview and link to access the recording of each session can be found below:

January 2023

Welcome to the UK, training and top tips for starting in the NHS

March 2023 General Medical Council, appraisals and portfolios
April 2023 Responding to microaggressions and reaching out for support
June 2023

A GP Associate Dean, an IMG Postgraduate Doctor in Training (PGDiT) and an incoming leadership fellow share their journeys

July 2023

Financial top tips, preventing burnout and welcoming new IMGs

Language Support

Dictionary of British Slang

This dictionary of British slang includes popular words and phrases that you might hear in the UK and will help you with your own spoken English.

Doctors Speak Up

Doctors Speak Up is a multimedia resource that has been developed to address the language and communication needs of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) working in Australia. Although some of the content is specific to Australia, most of it is useful for anyone practicing medicine in an English speaking country.