To be eligible for Portfolio route application to the Induction and Refresher Scheme, you must satisfy the following criteria:
Hold JCPTGP certificate, CCT, CEGPR or GP qualification awarded in the EEA allowing direct entry to the GMC GP Register
Hold GMC full registration with a licence to practice or have made an application to the GMC to restore your licence to practice
Be included on the GMC GP Register
Have at least a year's experience working unsupervised as a general practitioner in the NHS while on the Medical Performers List or its predecessors with a minimum of one successful GMC approved or UK military appraisal, OR gained a CCT or CEGPR and entered the GP Register within the 12 months prior to leaving the UK
Have had a break of not more than ten years from NHS general practice at the time of applying with the last five years working as a general practitioner overseas
Any career breaks (such as maternity or other personal or statutory leave) from clinical practice in the 10 year period do not exceed three years in total and do not exceed 15 months in the three years immediately preceding application
The evidence which you collect for your portfolio can be useful for your revalidation appraisal in the future.
All this can and should occur (i.e. application and Portfolio route approval) before you give up your current job and plan to move to UK.
The first step is to register with the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) indicating that you wish to apply for the Portfolio Route. They will inform the appropriate I&R Lead who will contact you to undertake the formal interview and career review to check you meet the criteria to apply for a portfolio application and seek approval from the NHS England local team. Once these steps are confirmed the GPNRO will inform the RCGP that you may apply to them for approval through the Portfolio route. The below diagram illustrates the route in full.
For more information on the portfolio route, visit the RCGP website.