Layla (not her real name)
Building Bridges advocated with the NMC for assessment of Layla’s documentation in relation. On NMC acceptance of these documents, Building Bridges funded Layla to sit the two NMC registration exams which she passed within 3 months of each other. Layla is now a registered nurse, on the Accelerator programme into an band 6 role.
Fatema passed OET in June 2021 and successfully applied to the General Pharmaceutical Council. With their confirmation Fatema then started the mandatory year-long Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) with a grant from Building Bridges. During this demanding course she continued to work in the pharmacy. Fatema is looking forward to passing her OSPAP exams in 2022 and starting as a trainee Pharmacist in Autumn.
Initially based in Hull, Yakob volunteered for a programme supporting refugees and asylum seekers. Moving to London he joined Building Bridges in 2019 and entered the Building Bridges IELTS class. Yakob also attended a suite of employability trainings and worked with his careers adviser to prepare for a hospital Trust placement. After a lengthy postponement due to the pandemic, Yakob began a placement in Haematology at St Thomas’ Hospital. On successful completion, RAGU supported Yakob into a fixed-term, Band 3 role as a medical laboratory assistant. This was made permanent in 2021. In March 2022 he successfully moved into a Band 4 Associate Practitioner role at Guys Hospital.
Continuing to work as a Dental Nurse and with Building Bridges support Alexandra’s next step has been to apply to become a registered Dental Hygienist. This is a long process while the GDC validate her previous training. Building Bridges will continue to support Alexandra through this process and then onwards to take the arduous GDC exams in order to become a registered dentist once again.
In 2016 Albab joined the Glowing Results IELTS class and then the OET class Ge also participated fully in RAGU’s Employability programme and started a work placement as a Health Care Assistant in an East London GP practice in 2018 receiving fantastic support from colleagues, staying there for three years as he progressed. On passing the OET exam in 2019, Albab joined the Refugee Council’s GP-led Refugee Doctors’ Professional group and applying the skills he learnt there and in the work place to pass PLAB 1 exam. In March 2021 Building Bridges supported Albab’s successful selection to the Medical Support Worker programme led by Barts Trust. This valuable Band 6 hospital-based role complemented the ongoing support from Refugee Council’s, so that Albab finally passed the PLAB 2 exam in 2021 and applied for GMC registration. In March 2022 the final piece of the puzzle fell into place: Albab was accepted into the CAPS post, his first medical post in the UK.
Salma’s confidence steadily grew. Passing the OET exam she became an active member of the Professional Development Group where she was assisted with both the PLAB exams and to prepare for the transition to medical practice in the UK. While preparing for the PLAB 2 exam and keen to build on her HCA experience, Salma was helped by Building Bridges to apply for a Medical Support Worker’s post in Newham Hospital in March 2021. This pilot, run by Barts Health Trust, offered a unique opportunity to refugee doctors to familiarise with NHS hospital systems and procedures, working in a medical assisting role for 6 months, leading to a Clinical Apprenticeship Placement (CAPS) post. Upon passing the PLAB 2 exam and gaining GMC registration, Salma’s first UK job as a fully licensed doctor started in November 2021 at Newham.