Right to Work in the UK
Before travelling it is most important that you consult
your local British High Commission / Embassy / Consulate to
enquire about working regulations and whether you may work
in the dental field in the UK.
You must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) before you can commence work in the UK -refer to www.gdc-uk.org
The telephone numbers will appear in your local directory.
The regulations can be complicated and you do not want to
be stopped at the airport of entry.
To understand the regulations better you may wish to consult
or the British Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Lunar
House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon. Surrey CR9 2BY. Their telephone
number is 0870 606 7766.
There are two main map publishers in the U.K. The first is
the A-Z Series, visit www.a-zmaps.co.uk.
The second is the Nicholson Series, visit www.fireandwater.com
and search for 'London Atlas' and 'London Maps'.
They are very similar in price and vary mainly in presentation.
The A-Z of London is very popular and if you do not have a
good knowledge of London the A-Z is essential. These two companies
also publish a range of guides and maps of the U. K.
You may also wish to search online for a specific location
by trying www.streetmap.co.uk
- 'mapping services'.
The London Underground
The London Underground Tube Map is printed in most atlases
and maps. The Tube, Bus, and Train maps can also be obtained
free from most stations. Visit www.tfl.gov.uk
Uniforms are reasonably priced in the U. K. and it is best
to purchase a local style so that you do not stand out in
the Surgery. A local supplier is Alexandra which has shops
in most large towns. We always have a limited range of Alexandra
uniforms available in our office at a low price, visit www.alexandra.co.uk.
It is essential that you have a Bank or Building Society Account
while in the U. K. For some reason local banks sometimes make
it difficult to open an account, so it is a good idea to obtain
a letter of introduction from your home Bank and the name
of its corresponding Bank in the U. K. This will be an enormous
help to you on arrival in the U. K.
It is essential that you are in good health as it can be very
difficult if you are regularly ill while away from home. It
is also essential that you are immunised against Hepatitis
B, with an up-to-date certificate to confirm this.
It is of course preferable to have family or friends to stay
with when you first arrive in the U. K. Otherwise, there are
many budget hotels (multi-bedrooms)and hostels, starting at
approximately £10 per night, which may be used until
you can obtain more permanent accommodation. The London Tourist
Board's web site is excellent, and may help you with your
accommodation, visit www.londontown.com.
Motoring and Touring
It is worthwhile accessing the Automobile Association website
for excellent help. This is at www.theaa.com