Doctors - Why Choose Ireland?

18 May 2022 By Jennifer Vance


Life as a doctor is exceptionally rewarding, with excellent opportunities to consider as good doctors are always in demand. However, it’s a high-pressure role, with additional stress to manage with requirements to relocate for work, let alone uproot your entire family. As specialists in recruiting doctorsTTM Healthcare Solutions (TTM) offer unrivalled support. We have helped hundreds of doctors progress their careers. We work in a consultative way to understand your career and life goals, to find roles in the right hospital and location for you and your family. Our expert team will guide you through the visa and work permit systems, help secure the best contract terms, and assist in finding accommodation.

Recent changes have been made to the visa system for non-EU doctors to make Ireland even more attractive, as they will guarantee a straightforward path to Stamp 4, the category which allows an individual to work or study without conditions. Stamp 4 extends the same rights to the applicant’s spouse.

So why Ireland?

An island nation of five million in the European Union, Ireland has a young, well-educated population, with beautiful coasts and countryside, and a friendly, welcoming society featuring a rich literary tradition, strong sense of community and an enthusiastic sports scene. It really is a very nice place to live and work.

The recent changes to the immigration stamp system makes it more appealing for doctors. A new category called Stamp 1H has been introduced for doctors working in the HSE and HSE-funded hospitals. Doctors who complete two years’ service with Stamp 1H will then become eligible for a Stamp 4 support letter from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. A Stamp 4 offers the right to work without preconditions. Spouses of 1H holders can apply for another category, Stamp 1G, which allows unlimited work rights. This is a major change, as spouses previously were not permitted to work at all.

Any non-European Economic Area doctor who has worked in Ireland for at least two years will be immediately included in this expansion of Stamp 4. And the change also means that the number of interactions with government departments to secure paperwork has been greatly reduced. Deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar, himself a medical doctor, commented: “For decades, doctors from outside Europe have made an enormous contribution to the Irish health service. Among them was my father, Dr Ashok Varadkar, who came to Ireland in the 1970s.” The minister said he was delighted to announce the changes, which would “make it easier for doctors to get on the pathway to residency and give their spouse an unlimited right to work”.

The annual January and July rotations in the Irish medical system provide dozens of opportunities for career moves and enhancement. As a framework supplier to the HSE and HSC, we provide access to the best locum and contract opportunities across the country. Right now, TTM are recruiting for Registrar level Doctors with experience in in Anaesthesia, General Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Nephrology, Obstetrics, Oncology, Haematology, Paediatrics and Neonatology, and Urology.

In Ireland you can expect HSE pay scales, and ample career development, including support with further education and training.

And why TTM?

If we haven’t convinced you already, please be assured that we present both an excellent relationship with the health authorities, and the enthusiasm and commitment of our knowledgeable staff. Jennifer Vance and Siju Paul are two of the most experienced professionals in placing doctors, and our medical team boasts 35 years of combined experience in this specialist recruitment field. In this interview it’s easy to tell that Siju is totally comfortable with the role, and exceptional to work with. Both Jennifer and Siju really take the time to get to know our candidates and understand your individual requirements. Don’t feel daunted at any stage – you are by definition a high-performing individual, and with the highest performing healthcare recruiter by your side the process will be simple.

Find out more about working in Ireland and the indispensable role of TTM Healthcare Solutions, or contact our specialist Medical Division by emailing